The brand that listens to its customers. The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph is the sportiest timepiece in a watch family steeped in tradition. At the request of many watch lovers – and to mark the 75th anniversary – the model is now slightly smaller with ergonomically designed strap horns and a new strap. Thanks to several restrained design modifications, the chronograph is now more luxurious and more balanced.
IWC Schaffhausen has listened to many potential buyers who have expressed the wish for a slightly smaller version of the sportiest model in the Portugieser watch line, one more suitable for a slim wrist. Pleasant to wear and exceptionally rugged, the rubber strap perfectly complements the watch’s character: it is slim and sporty. The model in the 18-carat red gold case (Ref. IW390501) is now available with a silver-plated dial. The stainless-steel chronograph (Ref. IW390502) also with a silver-p lated dial looks no different than its predecessor. In the stainlesssteel version (Ref. IW390503) the slate-coloured dial has been decorated with a sun-pattern finish and, thanks to the black flange – a slightly higher rim – has a colour that sets it apart. Modest modifications to the design have given the chronograph a more luxurious and harmonious appearance.
“We make only a few watches for a few individuals. But they are of the highest possible quality.” So ran IWC’s advertising for its “Club” watches in the 1970s. Back then, the legendary 1967 Yacht Club and its successor, the 1977 Yacht Club II, were the bestselling watches from Schaffhausen. There were many reasons for the Yacht Club’s resounding success. Its design is timelessly elegant, and the versions in yellow and white gold even exude a luxuriousness without concealing the watch’s fundamental character, which is sporty and extremely robust: an irresistible combination for sailing enthusiasts. The unassuming case concealed an automatic movement that was the most advanced of its kind at the time, with unsurpassed protection against shocks.
Mechanical chronograph movement – Date display – Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock – Flyback function – Small hacking seconds – See-through sapphire-glass back
IWC-manufactured calibre 89361 Frequency 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz Jewels 38 Power reserve 68 h Winding automatic
Ref. IW390501: case in 18-carat red gold, silver-plated dial, black rubber strap, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
Ref. IW390502: case in stainless steel, silver-plated dial, black rubber strap, folding clasp in stainless steel
Ref. IW390503: case in stainless steel, slate-coloured dial, black rubber strap, folding clasp in stainless steel
Glass sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Crown screw-in Water-resistant 6 bar
Diameter 43.5 mm Case height 14.5 mm