In 2020, the previously successful Portuguese series will be complemented by several new models that follow the tradition of nautical sports chronographs in terms of attractiveness and precision. The introduction of a watch with a tide indicator is downright sensational, with which the Portuguese models set a new milestone in IWC history. In any case, the attractive wristwatches feature beautiful and timeless design concepts that are worth a closer look.
IWC Schaffhausen: Novelties 2020
The IWC innovations 2020 revolve around the popular Portuguese family. This highly successful wristwatch, which has been available since the mid 30s of the last century, fell outside the usual Art Deco style at the time. While at that time mainly smaller and slimmer wristwatches were available on the market, two Portuguese businessmen turned to the watch manufacturer to commission a traditional, large wristwatch with the precision of a pocket watch for which the Schaffhausen-based company is world-famous. The combination of the Savonette pocket watch calibre 74 with a case suitable for wristwatches set the stylistic and technical standard for all subsequent watches in the Portuguese series.
The compact Portugieser Automatic 40 with clear structure
The clear structures of the Portuguese Automatic 40 make it a desirable watch model despite its compact design. In addition to the automatic function already evident from its name, this innovation sees IWC Schaffhausen return to a proven tradition, namely the seconds display at the 6 o’clock position. The realisation on the compact 40 millimetre format, which distinguishes the Portuguese Automatic 40, is remarkable.
The easy-to-read and clearly structured dial skilfully continues the design language of the Portuguese from IWC, which has been known since the 1930s, and complements it with another timeless piece of jewellery. The precise automatic movement is based on IWC’s Manufacture Calibre 82200 and is distinguished not only by its accuracy but also by its robustness. The Pellaton winding mechanism is made of ceramic components that operate wear-free and offer a power reserve of up to 60 hours. The impressive movement can be viewed through the sapphire crystal back. The Automatic 40 is available stainless steel and red gold.
Portuguese chronograph: new with in-house movement
The entire collection is now powered by the IWC Manufacture calibre 69355, with the movement visible through a sapphire crystal back. Two additional variants with dials in burgundy and green are now available.
The highly functional dial has two recessed counters at positions 6 and 12. The Portuguese chronograph is one of the most successful models from IWC Schaffhausen and is distinguished by details such as the height ring with quarter-second scale. This not only underlines the quality of the stopwatch function, but also reflects the nautical style of the watch. The already well-known Portuguese chronograph will continue to be supplied in the proven quality. Two additional versions with a dial in burgundy and green are now available. Since December 2019, the entire collection has been powered by the IWC Manufacture calibre 69355, with the movement visible through a sapphire crystal back. The highly functional dial has two recessed counters at positions 6 and 12. The Portuguese chronograph is one of the most successful models from IWC Schaffhausen and is distinguished by details such as the height ring with quarter-second scale. This not only underlines the quality of the stopwatch function, but also reflects the nautical style of the watch.
Nautical perfection: The Portuguese Yacht Club
As a special treat for lovers of nautical functions and noble designs, IWC Schaffhausen has launched the new Portuguese Yacht Club. The elegant proportions of the case design correspond excellently with the robust construction, which makes it the ideal chronograph for lovers of seafaring activities in everyday life.
Of course the Portugieser Yacht Club is waterproof and available in a total of four versions. Since the launch of the Yacht Club in 2010, all versions have a timeless design that will remain as fresh and modern for many years to come as it is today, without sacrificing the classic stylistic elements of nautical chronographs. The outstanding water resistance is particularly important for the wearer of such a watch, although it can of course also be worn perfectly on land. With a diameter of 44 millimetres, it appears neither too filigree nor too obtrusive, making it the perfect watch for yacht captains and people with an affinity for the maritime world.
The first yacht club with tide indicator
With the Yacht Club Moon & Tide, IWC Schaffhausen presents for the first time a completely newly developed display of the tides on watches from the Portuguese family. An auxiliary dial installed at 6 o’clock shows exactly when the tide is expected to rise.
The corresponding moon-phase display at 12 o’clock has been extended to include the function of displaying jumping and neap tides. This means that not only the time of the tide change can be read, but also its respective strength. The Yacht Club Moon & Tide is not the end of the line, however, as IWC has also presented the third generation of the Yacht Club Chronograph, which promises water resistance up to 6 bar and has been designed to be particularly robust. All Yacht Club models are equipped with a metal bracelet specially designed for ergonomics, available either in stainless steel or in a combination of stainless steel and 18-carat pink gold. The subdial at 12 o’clock installed in all watches shows stopped hours and minutes in combination. With a power reserve of up to 68 hours, this automatic watch offers everything you would expect from an elegant and modern nautical chronograph.
Timepieces for eternity: The Portuguese perpetual calendar
With the Pertpetual Calendar 42 model, IWC Schaffhausen has succeeded for the first time in integrating the well-known calendar movement into one of the compact movements in the 82000 calibre family. The Portuguese Perpetual Calendar offers precise time measurement on a diameter of 42 millimetres. The calendar function is implemented via three subsidiary dials.
During the development of this high-quality model, the focus was on simple operation, which should be guaranteed despite the complex functions. The Perpetual Calendar is based on a development by watchmaking legend Kurt Klaus from the 1980s. IWC has skilfully combined this basic design with the compact dimensions of the calibre 82000. The result is a 42 millimetre wristwatch with complete calendar functionality. The calendar module is driven by IWC’s manufacture calibre 82650 and gets by with a single switching impulse at night. The virtually wear-free Pellaton self-winding mechanism is equipped with high-quality zirconium oxide ceramic components and can build up a power reserve of up to 60 hours. This outstanding and complex movement can – as is customary for Portuguese watches – be viewed through the sapphire crystal viewing back.
The calendar function of the Portuguese perpetual calendar in detail
The special challenge with mechanically controlled calendar watches is the recognition of the different lengths of the month. This is no problem for the calendar movement of the Portuguese. In addition, the obligatory leap day in February is automatically taken into account every four years. Adjustment via the crown is extremely simple, especially since all displays are perfectly synchronized. For easy reading of the date function, three subsidiary dials are installed at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, showing the date, month and weekday. The moon-phase display, which is additionally integrated into the month display, impresses with its extreme accuracy: only after a running time of 577.5 years would the display deviate from the real moon orbit by one day. An additional feature is the leap year display, which shows at a glance how many years are left until the next leap year.
IWC Portugieser: The journey is your destination
Let Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO IWC Schaffhausen, personally present the new Portuguese collection and its highlights. The collection has hardly changed since its creation and that is what makes a timeless classic.