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IWC Schaffhausen

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Portugieser

The Portugieser is one of the oldest and best-known watches from IWC. No other watch family incorporates so many of the technical tours de force of haute horlogerie.

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Video thumbnail featuring the Portugieser Eternal Calendar
Close up of IWC IW505701 PORTUGIESER Eternal Calendar

Introducing: The Portugieser Eternal Calendar

A TRIBUTE TO ETERNITY

PORTUGIESER HISTORY

Portugieser Reference 325

At the end of the 1930s, IWC built at the request of two Portuguese merchants, a large wristwatch with the precision of a pocket watch. For this purpose, they used the pocket watch movement calibers 74 and 98. The noticeably large and striking wristwatch first was launched in 1939.

Portugieser Anniversary Wristwatch

On the occasion of the company’s 125th anniversary, IWC decided to bring the special large Portugieser watch back to life with a new limited edition. A special feature was the view of the movement through a transparent sapphire-glass back. The calibre 9828 in the modern Portugieser was based on the original pocket watch calibre 98.

Portugieser Minute Repeater

Shortly after the market launch of the Portugieser anniversary watch in 1993, a movement fulfilling the most exacting demands of high-end watchmaking began to appear in the collection: the Portugieser Minute Repeater (Reference 5240).

Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante

A watch “that had never existed before, even back then” was the slogan at the unveiling of the Portugieser Chrono-Rattrapante (Reference 3712). It was an apt statement because it was the first time a Portugieser and a chronograph had been combined in the same case, and the result needed to be something extraordinary.

Portugieser Automatic 2000

To mark the start of the new millennium, IWC decided to write a new chapter in the history of Schaffhausen in the year 2000: the Portugieser Automatic 2000 (Reference 5000), with a completely newly designed movement. The 5000 calibre contained a power reserve of 7 days and the Pellaton winding system.

Portugieser Perpetual Calendar

In 2003 IWC launched the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar (Reference 5021). In a unique and very special way, this timepiece embodied all the watchmaking expertise of the Schaffhausen company. IWC combined its in-house 5000 caliber with the perpetual calendar module developed by Kurt Klaus.

Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère

With its iconic design, the Portugieser family had included almost every imaginable classic complication in the history of watchmaking. In 2004 the most mythical of them all, the tourbillon, was introduced. The Tourbillion Mystere (Reference 5042) was based on an IWC in-house construction from the 1990s.

Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph

The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph (Reference 3902) is the sportiest timepiece in a watch family steeped in tradition. Originally, the Yacht Club was first launched in 1967 and became one of the most successful IWC watches of the 20th century. IWC decided to integrate the “new” generation of Yacht Club models into the Portugieser family.

Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia

In 2011, IWC bestowed upon the watchmaking world a masterpiece of haute horlogerie. The Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia (Reference 5041) represents 10 years of solid development work by a team of engineers, watchmakers and scientists. It is the most exclusive and complicated mechanical watch ever made by IWC.

Portugieser Annual Calendar

In 2015, IWC celebrated the 75th year of the Portugieser. The newly developed annual calendar complication displayed the month, date and day in three separate windows on the dial and required a manual adjustment just once every year.

Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

To mark its 150 year anniversary, IWC Schaffhausen presented the Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”. Limited to just 15 pieces, this stunning platinum timepiece features a white dial with a lacquer finish and blue hands. The manufacture calibre 94805 combines for the first time a constant force tourbillon with a single moon phase display that needs to be corrected by just one day every 577.5 years.

Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide

The Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide represents a technical highlight. For the first time, in this model, IWC presents its newly developed tide indicator. A totalizer at “6 o’clock” shows the times of high and low tide. Positioned at “12 o’clock” is an IWC speciality, the double moon phase display. It has been expanded to show the spring and neap tides and thus provides more information about the strength of current tides.

Portugieser Eternal Calendar

IWC’s first secular perpetual calendar automatically accounts for the Gregorian calendar’s complex leap year exceptions by skipping three leap years over a 400-year period. In addition, its moon phase display is so precise that it will—theoretically—only deviate by one day after 45 million years.

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IWC Portugieser watch 1939, reference 325, white dial, black numerals, brown leather strap.
IWC Portugieser Anniversary Wristwatch 1993, silver dial, gold accents, brown leather strap.
IWC Portugieser Minute Repeater 1995, gold case, white dial, brown leather straps
IWC Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante watch 1995, white dial, blue numerals, stainless steel case.
Portugieser 2000 automatic watch with white dial
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar watch 2003, silver dial, gold accents, brown leather strap.
IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère watch 2004, black dial, gold accents, black leather strap.
Portugieser 2010 Yacht Club chronograph watch (IW390211) with argent dial with luminescence and black rubber strap
IWC Portugieser 2011 Siderale Scafusia, black dial, silver indices, black leather strap.
Portugieser IW503502 watch with blue dial and leather strap
Jubilee Collection 2018, limited edition Portugieser watch with blue dial, black leather strap
IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide watch, 2020.
Portugieser Eternal Calendar watch with white dial and black leather strap
PORTUGIESER HISTORY

Portugieser Reference 325

At the end of the 1930s, IWC built at the request of two Portuguese merchants, a large wristwatch with the precision of a pocket watch. For this purpose, they used the pocket watch movement calibers 74 and 98. The noticeably large and striking wristwatch first was launched in 1939.

Portugieser Anniversary Wristwatch

On the occasion of the company’s 125th anniversary, IWC decided to bring the special large Portugieser watch back to life with a new limited edition. A special feature was the view of the movement through a transparent sapphire-glass back. The calibre 9828 in the modern Portugieser was based on the original pocket watch calibre 98.

Portugieser Minute Repeater

Shortly after the market launch of the Portugieser anniversary watch in 1993, a movement fulfilling the most exacting demands of high-end watchmaking began to appear in the collection: the Portugieser Minute Repeater (Reference 5240).

Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante

A watch “that had never existed before, even back then” was the slogan at the unveiling of the Portugieser Chrono-Rattrapante (Reference 3712). It was an apt statement because it was the first time a Portugieser and a chronograph had been combined in the same case, and the result needed to be something extraordinary.

Portugieser Automatic 2000

To mark the start of the new millennium, IWC decided to write a new chapter in the history of Schaffhausen in the year 2000: the Portugieser Automatic 2000 (Reference 5000), with a completely newly designed movement. The 5000 calibre contained a power reserve of 7 days and the Pellaton winding system.

Portugieser Perpetual Calendar

In 2003 IWC launched the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar (Reference 5021). In a unique and very special way, this timepiece embodied all the watchmaking expertise of the Schaffhausen company. IWC combined its in-house 5000 caliber with the perpetual calendar module developed by Kurt Klaus.

Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère

With its iconic design, the Portugieser family had included almost every imaginable classic complication in the history of watchmaking. In 2004 the most mythical of them all, the tourbillon, was introduced. The Tourbillion Mystere (Reference 5042) was based on an IWC in-house construction from the 1990s.

Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph

The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph (Reference 3902) is the sportiest timepiece in a watch family steeped in tradition. Originally, the Yacht Club was first launched in 1967 and became one of the most successful IWC watches of the 20th century. IWC decided to integrate the “new” generation of Yacht Club models into the Portugieser family.

Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia

In 2011, IWC bestowed upon the watchmaking world a masterpiece of haute horlogerie. The Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia (Reference 5041) represents 10 years of solid development work by a team of engineers, watchmakers and scientists. It is the most exclusive and complicated mechanical watch ever made by IWC.

Portugieser Annual Calendar

In 2015, IWC celebrated the 75th year of the Portugieser. The newly developed annual calendar complication displayed the month, date and day in three separate windows on the dial and required a manual adjustment just once every year.

Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”

To mark its 150 year anniversary, IWC Schaffhausen presented the Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”. Limited to just 15 pieces, this stunning platinum timepiece features a white dial with a lacquer finish and blue hands. The manufacture calibre 94805 combines for the first time a constant force tourbillon with a single moon phase display that needs to be corrected by just one day every 577.5 years.

Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide

The Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide represents a technical highlight. For the first time, in this model, IWC presents its newly developed tide indicator. A totalizer at “6 o’clock” shows the times of high and low tide. Positioned at “12 o’clock” is an IWC speciality, the double moon phase display. It has been expanded to show the spring and neap tides and thus provides more information about the strength of current tides.

Portugieser Eternal Calendar

IWC’s first secular perpetual calendar automatically accounts for the Gregorian calendar’s complex leap year exceptions by skipping three leap years over a 400-year period. In addition, its moon phase display is so precise that it will—theoretically—only deviate by one day after 45 million years.

DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS

The Portugieser – a style icon

The iconic design of Portugieser watches, with their imposing size, simple Arabic numerals, slim feuille hands and railway-track-style chapter ring, originated in the 1930s, when it was well ahead of its time. Today, the original, clearly organized dial with its simple design remains an unrivalled style icon.

Close up of IWC Portugieser Chronograph IW371445 with silver dial, stainless steel case and black leather strap
Close up of IWC IW503703 PORTUGIESER

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