The IWC Portugieser was brought into the world in 1939 after a solicitation from two Portuguese pilots and financial specialists – Rodrigues and Teixeira – who needed the exactness of a marine chronometer in a wristwatch design. No compelling reason to say that this famous IWC assortment has solid connections to the nautical world. And to praise these roots, IWC is divulging another model today with an uncommon complication that couldn’t be more fitting: a tide sign. Encased in an energetic and enormous case, meet the new IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide.
Introduced in 2010, the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club is a games model in this fairly rich assortment, with its nautical, yachting, regatta-prepared note. More hearty, bigger, a touch more tough and cumbersome, it has for the most part preferred one complication as of recently, the chronograph – a world clock has additionally been accessible before. A flexible watch, equipped for timing a cruising race yet in addition calm with a beverage at the marina. Notwithstanding the patched up chronograph assortment, likewise presented as a component of the 2020 line-up, the Schaffhausen-based brand is additionally disclosing a brand new complication, with profound nautical roots: the new Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide.
Visually, there’s very little that changes compared to the remainder of the Yacht Club assortment. We locate a similar 44.6mm case, here created in 18k rose gold (the lone variant accessible for the occasion), with crown monitors, hearty hauls and a meager cleaned bezel opening on a huge dial. Along these lines, the dial holds the exemplary leaf-molded Portugieser hands, yet bolder and with lume, the railroad minute track with applied lume plots and mark Arabic numerals. Complementing the nautical look, this IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide is worn on a water-prepared blue elastic tie with a sailcloth-like material supplement (note: the captured watch here is a model and the tie will be marginally unique, with a coordinated shape between the lugs).
What changes, nonetheless, is the display. Instead of the chronograph, there is currently a novel sign, in light of two sub-counters, connected to moon stages and tide figurings. A sub-dial at 6 o’clock shows the normal occasions for the following elevated and low tide. The twofold moon stage show at 12 o’clock (with the two halves of the globe demonstrated) has been upgraded to show spring and neap tides and subsequently gives data about the strength of the ebb and flow tides. Spring tides, which bring especially high water, happen at full moon and new moon. Considering the work of the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club, it seems like a proper complication!
The dial of this new watch has a blue sunray-brushed base with rose gold differentiating components for the hands, the files and the auxiliary signs – an exemplary combination for IWC. Not to darken the lower sub-dial, the date is situated at 3 o’clock.
To power this new watch, IWC depends on its 82000-arrangement base development. The flowing presentation module is coordinated into the novel type 82835 and contains only 49 individual parts. The base development is recognizable and brags 60h force hold, includes the Pellaton winding framework and beats at 4Hz. It is obvious through a sapphire showcase caseback and is done in a lovely manner, with opened scaffolds that uncover a large portion of the parts – including the fired, without wear wheels.
The IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide (ref. IW344001) will be estimated at CHF 35,000 or EUR 34,900. More subtleties at iwc.com .