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IWC has had a recent flurry of activity – from updating its Portugieser chronograph to a spate of new Pilot watches including a limited edition tribute. The brand has also introduced two of its Portugieser watches, the IWC Portugieser Chronograph and the IWC Portugieser Automatic in new blue dial variants with stainless steel cases. With the trend firmly established across the industry, core collections and popular models getting a blue dial is an easy way for brands to offer something fresh.
The dark blue dials have a sunburst finish and the double sub-dial design further makes them look similar at a glance. The stainless steel case – like previous Portugieser watches – is restrained but casual in design with traditional tapered lugs and a thin bezel. The Portugieser Automatic is the larger of the pair with a 42.3mm bezel and a double stepped case. It is also equipped with a larger fluted crown – but similar in design to the Portugieser Chronograph that has a 40.9mm case. Usually, we’d expect the chronograph version to be bigger than its time-only counterpart.
Rated to 30m of water resistance, each of the new Iwc Chronograph Quartz Watches Replica Portugieser watches is best suited for daily office wear (if the design and the presence of an alligator strap didn’t give that away already). While the Automatic is equipped with a display back, the Chronograph is not, and I’ll get into why shortly.
Going back to the dial, both watches have applied Arabic markers and polished, rhodium plated leaf shaped hands which complement the case quite well. The Automatic has a sub-dial at 3:00 that indicates power reserve and another sub-dial at 9:00 for continuous seconds. The date window at 6:00 is hard to miss with its white date wheel standing out against the blue dial. I understand that it is difficult to match a date wheel to a sunburst dial, but it is not impossible, and at this price point, many will want that. The date display is regrettable, in my opinion, and actually detracts from what I find to be another handsome, appealing watch.
The Iwc Watches New Zealand Replica Portugieser Chronograph has the 30-minute chronograph counter at 12:00 and the continuous seconds at 6:00. Thankfully, we are spared the date window here. If you’re a fan of the newest IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic released a little while ago, you’ll notice that this blue dialed sibling does not have the unique minute and hour totalizer at 12:00. This, combined with the steel caseback is a sign that IWC has defaulted to its Valjoux 7750-derived caliber 79350. This is a strange and frankly disappointing choice given the excellent in-house caliber 89361 they have available.
The caliber 79350, as a modified Valjoux 7750, is a competent movement and offers 42 hours of power reserve at 28,800bph, but it is more of a tool watch movement. What makes this choice even more perplexing is that the IWC Portugieser Automatic is powered by the caliber 52010, which is an IWC in-house design that offers 7 days of power reserve via two barrels, operating at 28,800bph. As a rule of thumb, if a brand launches a time-only and a chronograph together within the same line, then I expect the movements to be of a similar provenance and for the chronograph to be priced higher.
The motion in this piece is your hand-wound Iwc Watches Reddit Replica caliber 94805, which beats in a leisurely 2.5Hz and comprises 96 hours of power reserve. The motion can be admired through a sapphire display caseback and includes an inlaid insignia that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the brand.These two exceptionally complex particular anniversary watches will be produced in extremely small amounts. IW504501) will be generated using a cost of $110,000. On the other hand, the IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW590202) is limited to only 15 bits for a price of $253,000. Founded in 1868, IWC prepares to celebrate its own 150-year history in 2018 using five restricted models from different collections, along with also the IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” watch has become the most available among them. Aside from the “150 Years” from the titles, all discuss the lacquered dial with printed numerals — all white except the Da Vinci Automatic you watch here in blue. This isn’t simply a “small-seconds” version of last year’s three-hand Da Vinci Automatic (hands-on here), as it signifies an in-house motion option using a fresh member of IWC’s 80000 household of movements.The Da Vinci has gone through quite a few redesigns because it premiered in 1969, home the initial Swiss quartz movement, the Beta 21. IWC reimagined the Da Vinci collection last year to re-introduce a round Da Vinci situation silhouette with notable articulating lugs. 1 thing I could say for the new Da Vinci watches is that articulating lugs are often something that I love, but — and maybe it’s just me — it feels like the dressy, controlled character of this round Da Vinci is already fairly well represented in IWC from the Portofino and Portugieser collections.
The good news for those who enjoy the Portugieser look but were put off by the price tag for the in-house chrono movement, is that this blue dialed, 7750-powered sibling is nearly half the price. Both these watches will be regular production and available through all retailers, boutiques, and IWC’s newly revamped e-store. The new Iwc Watches 65/125 Replica Portugieser Automatic (Ref. IW500710) and Portugieser Chronograph (Ref. IW371491) come with an alligator strap for $12,700 and $6,900, respectively. iwc.com