It’s the time of the Portugieser at IWC and the Portugieser Chronograph welcomes two new dial tones to the family. Recently known as the ref. IW3714, the large news in February 2020 was that the chronograph had been overhauled with an in-house type. The other uplifting news for enthusiasts of the notorious Ref. IW3714 was that the plan of the watch stayed unblemished. Effectively accessible in six emphasess in a decision of steel and rose gold, the new tempered steel Portugieser Chronograph Ref. IW3716 comes with burgundy and green dials. A rich interpretation of the chronograph, the new dials add a sprinkle of energetic tone to the collection.
A Condensed History of the Portugieser Chronograph
In 1998, IWC dispatched an improved, standard chronograph that common a similar plan, case and dial as the Rattrapante. This automatic chronograph, known as Ref. IW3714, was fitted with a Valjoux-based development that was changed by IWC. Recently, the development was traded for type 69335, a powerful, superior in-house automatic development and its reference was changed to IW3716. Other than that, the two ages are practically indistinguishable. In the event that you need to investigate the contrasts between these two models, we welcome you to peruse Brice’s Face to Face article .
Identikit of the new 3716
Like the current chronographs in the assortment , the newcomers share a similar 41mm case with a stature of 13.1mm. The surfaces are cleaned and brushed and the case is fitted with cylinder pushers and an amazingly thin bezel that offers a broad perspective on the dial. Closer in nature to an exquisite/dress chronograph than a games chronograph, there is no hint of lume on the dial. In any case, the new sunray-brushed dials in green and burgundy give sufficient difference the rhodium-plated hands and markers to counsel the time.
Taking configuration prompts from its 1939 predecessor, the chronograph highlights applied Arabic numerals and rich feuille hands. The two sub-counters are adjusted vertically (the 30-min aggregator at 12 and little seconds at 6 o’clock) and are marginally recessed and improved with concentric notches. The rib has a printed quarter-second scale for exactness readings utilizing the long, meager focal seconds chronograph hand that arrives at all the route to the track.
Another shock on board the IW3716 was the expansion of a sapphire precious stone caseback to see the in-house automatic development, type 69335. In light of IWC’s 69000, the type utilized taking all things together IWC watches that require an exact, vigorous and superior chronograph development, it has a segment wheel plan and the energy is acquired from a bidirectional pawl-winding framework like the Pellaton component. Beating at a recurrence of 28,800vph/4Hz, the development has a force save of 46 hours. None of the references in the new line-up of IW3716 benefit themselves of great importance aggregator or the date window.
Price and availability
Both the burgundy and the green models are introduced on dark croc calfskin ties and come with the recently planned butterfly collapsing catch. The retail cost of the Portugieser Chronograph Ref. IW371616 and Ref. IW371615 is CHF 8,200 or EUR 7,850 and they ought to be accessible very soon at retailers and stores. More subtleties at iwc.com .