The Portuguese collection from Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaff- hausen are masterpieces of precision engineering. The delight of watch lovers round the globe for over 70 years, they are landmarks in the history of mechanical timekeeping.
Since its inception, the purist Portuguese line has com bined an elegant and timeless language of form with un compromising horological perfection. Benchmarks of good taste, these chronometers concede nothing to the whims of fashion. The tradition behind the IWC Portuguese family stretches back to the precision nautical instruments once used by navigators to discover the world. Over half a millennium later, in the late 1930s, two Portuguese busi nessmen working in the watch sector visited the Schaff hausen factory and commissioned wrist watches to match the accuracy of a marine chronometer. The first Portuguese, in 1939, came fitted with a pocket watch movement. The IWC watch line has endured over 70 years since then and is a firm favourite amongst the world's watch lovers, who ap preciate its sheer size, precision and complex mechanics.
The elegance of a classic
The new Portuguese Chronograph Classic brings exceptional elegance and classically inspired de sign to this popular collection, though the redesigned watch has a surprisingly independent look. This second chronograph member of the Portuguese dynasty pre serves the identity and cultural heritage of the legendary originals of the 1930s. The timepiece comes complete with appliquéd Arabic numerals, a railwaytrackstyle chapter ring and slender feuille hands. An archededge front glass makes this slim beauty's 42-millimetre diam-eter seem smaller than it is. The traditional type of glass used admirably sets off the language of form, lending a wellbalanced and classical impression. Powering the Portuguese Chronograph Classic is an IWCmanufac tured 89361 calibre, developed specifically to record time spans of up to 12 hours on a subdial. The result is as bold and easy to read as a clock face. The sapphireglass back reveals the 89361 calibre and the rotor, resplendent in Geneva stripes. The Portuguese Chronograph Classic is available in 18carat red gold or stainless steel, both with silverplated or slatecoloured dial.
Craftsmanship from the tradition-steeped house of Santoni
The Portuguese Chronograph Classic and the Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound are both fitted with exquisite lea ther straps from the House of Santoni. This Italian family firm specializes in nuanced dyeing of leather. Every Santoni strap is lovingly finished with manual artistry to lend an exclusive patina look with individual colour shade. To achieve this effect, Santoni craftsmen polish the leather surface with various pastes until they take on the desired shading and a perfect sheen. Santoni's elegant leather products epitomize masterly craftsmanship and the high est quality.
With a clear emphasis on technology and development, IWC Schaffhausen has been manufacturing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. Its philosophy, based on a passion for watchmaking, aims to maintain a spirit of indefatigable initiative and impeccable craftsmanship.Find out more >
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