Tuesday, September 22

IWC Portugieser Chronograph (Ref. 3716)

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The IWC Portugieser Chronograph (Ref. 3716), one of IWC’s most popular models, is newly equipped in the standard version with the IWC in-house 69355 calibre and a see-through sapphire-glass back. This year’s new colors include a green sunburst and red sunburst dial.

The Case and Dial

The Portugieser Chronograph is one of IWC Schaffhausen’s most iconic models. With its compact diameter of 41 millimetres, it fits almost any wrist. However, the thin bezel gives the impression of wearing a significantly larger timepiece. The case is 13 mm thick.

The clear, functional dial boasts applied Arabic numerals and slender Feuille hands. Printed with a quarter-second scale, the inner réhaut allows precise reading of the stop time. This model features a stainless steel case, a burgundy dial, as well as rhodium-plated hands and appliqués; it is fitted with a black alligator leather strap.

The Movement

Inside the sporty-elegant chronograph, the IWC-manufactured 69355 calibre is at work. The robust and precise chronograph movement in classic column-wheel design is visible through a sapphire-glass case back.

The vertical clutch movement is an upgrade to the 7750 movement used in the previous edition. It is a timely upgrade to the Portugieser Chronograph in order for it to stay competitive in the market. With more and more brands bustling with their own in-house chronograph movements, like Breitling with their B01, IWC’s response with their own 69355 calibre is a sensible one. The movement has 46 hours power reserve and beats at 28,800vph.

Concluding thoughts

The watch is priced at US$7,950 before taxes. The two new colors in red and green are possibly the most eye-catching of the collection, with the red model being our preferred. Of course, the colored dials are a matter of personal taste and for some, it maybe more on the bright/loud side. All in all, a new movement on this iconic modern IWC keeps it relevant and competitively priced in today’s market.

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