IWC Schaffhausen introduced the first Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante (Ref. 3712) in 1995. The combination of the sporty double chronograph complication for simultaneously measuring two short periods of time and the elegant design of the Portugieser was a pioneering achievement. The model was last launched in 2006 and today Iwc Watches 65/125 Replica unveils three special limited-edition versions of this classic in honour of IWC boutiques in three European cities.
The Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Milano” (Ref. IW371215), with a red gold case and blue dial, is limited to 100 pieces. Featuring a telemeterscale on the flange and a tachymeter scale on the inner circle of the dial, it is secured to the wrist by a hand-finished black alligator leather strap.
250 watches are being launched in the Edition “Boutique Rue de la Paix” (Ref. IW371216), with a stainless-steel case, slate-coloured dial and black alligator leather strap, and in the Edition “Boutique Munich” (Ref. IW371217), with a stainless-steel case, blue dial and blue alligator leather strap.
The heavy-hitter in the new-for-2017 set is the IWC Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, a 45mm-wide and 17.5mm-thick slice in 18k red gold, dependent on what is a truly impressive motion, the IWC Caliber 89800. Constructed on the exact same 89000 foundations as the Chronograph Sport, this piece farther adds a perpetual calendar into the mix, spiced up with digital indications for the date and month in 2 and 10 o’clock, respectively. A neat layout tweak is how the apertures are styled by what appear to be more sub-dials — though the functionless monitors on their periphery may come across as a style no-no in the view of watch style purists.From the back, it will seem like other 89xxx chronographs, as the perpetual calendar’s module has naturally been fitted on the dial side (otherwise, you’d have all the important displays and indications way under the plane of the dialup, and of course the chronograph bits reserve the back of the motion anyhow). For now, it is offered in this version with a silvery-white dial restricted to 100 pieces.This latest expansion of this round-again IWC Ingenieur collection is a sensible move unless you are among those who picked up a limited edition last year believing that was a rare opportunity. In the 40mm-wide automatics throughout the chronographs, these make for a solid core set while the endless calendar continues to impress with that exceptional movement. The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport very explicitly lacks colors (probably to not clash with the limited variant of 2016) rendering it more secure than arousing of a design. Costs for all of the distinct IWC Ingenieur references and model variations, we’ll add when IWC makes them available.
The display on these models is based on the original design of the Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante from 1995. The engravings on the back of the watches show icons or landmarks from the respective cities. All three timepieces are driven by a hand-wound 76240-calibre movement. Offering a power reserve of 44 hours, it beats at 28,800 A/h and powers the stopwatch function with minutes and seconds, small hackingseconds and split-seconds hand for intermediate timing.
In addition to the capabilities of a pure chronograph, the double chronograph also features a split-seconds mechanism. On starting the chronograph, two centrally rotating stopwatch hands – mounted one above the other – are set in motion. An additional push-button at “10 o’clock” is used to stop the upper hand, while the lower hand continues to move until the regular stop button at “2 o’clock” is pushed. This enables two short periods of time to be measured simultaneously.
The Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Milano” is now available in the IWC boutique Milan. The Edition “Boutique Rue de la Paix” will be available from December 2016 in the IWC boutique Rue de la Paix in Paris, and the Edition “Boutique Munich” is expected to be available from spring 2017 in the IWC boutique Munich.
Watch enthusiasts can already register their interest in purchasing the watch via the IWC Concierge Service ([email protected]).