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As subjective as observe style is, I feel secure in saying that when one gazes upon the Iwc Portugieser Watch Replica Automatic IW500705’s dialup, there’s just something appropriately satisfying to the eye. It could be due to the polished, blued, hand-applied Arabic numerals and index mark that float atop a gorgeous silvery white dial, or perhaps the slender and timeless feuille hands that offer exceptional legibility — although not so much on the black-dial version. The latter provides that beautiful red touch, bringing a dash of warmth into the cold white-blue picture.I’ve exploited the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500705 onto a full wind for 5 days and retained it face up overnight in my watch box. It has been true to +3 seconds per day, though IWC has told me that the 52010 caliber is regulated in Schaffhausen to -7/+7 minutes daily — that falls out of COSC chronometer certifications, something that might be difficult to attain at the end of such a long power book, but could be wonderful to see attained in the future. There’s tons of dial space on the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007, also it’s a welcoming charm to say the very least for the wearer. I truly enjoy taking a look at the railway track-styled chapter ring as I wholeheartedly believe it looks best on this model specifically.
First introduced in 2013, the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic has been redesigned. Inessential elements have been pruned, while all the signature elements like the large Arabic numerals and pump-style chronograph pushers remain.
The new Portugieser Chronograph Classic ref. 3903 has a cleaner dial, featuring just a railroad minute track, without the 1/5-second hashmarks of its predecessor. Also gone are the red accents for the chronograph registers, while the leaf-shaped hands are now slimmer.
The tweaks bring the look of the watch closer to the rest of the Portugieser range, whereas before the facelift it resembled the sport Yacht Club Chronograph.
The rest of the watch remains the same, with a 42mm case that’s 14mm high and contains the calibre 89361. That’s the top of the line IWC movement that’s also found in the Da Vinci Chronograph. It has a flyback function, 68-hour power reserve as well as the hour and minute registers co-axial in a single sub-dial at 12 o’clock.
Price and availability
The new Portugieser chronograph is available at IWC boutiques and retailers, priced in US and Singapore dollars as follows:
Portugieser Chronograph Classic 18k red gold (ref. IW390301) – US$20,100 or S$30,500
Portugieser Chronograph Classic stainless steel silver dial (ref. IW390302) – US$12,100 or S$18,000
Portugieser Chronograph Classic stainless steel blue dial (ref. IW390303) – US$12,100 or S$18,000