IWC Schaffhausen Portugiese

The Portugieser, faraway worlds

The origin of the IWC Portugieser goes back to the order of two Portuguese businessmen pronounced in the late 30ies of the past century. Demanding a big, robust as well as particularly precise watch they caused the Swiss watch manufacture IWC to incorporate a pocket watch movement into a steel case. A process which was to evolve into the very essence of the Portugieser and made it one of the the most popular prime wristwatches. The IWC, International Watch Company was found in 1868 by the American Florentine Aristo Jones in Switzerland. In the course of time the Portugieser was constantly refined: in 1967 it was effectively enhanced by a water resistant case and an impact resistant movement. Today the Portugieser makes its appearance as clearly structured, splendid wristwatch or as chronograph with a slender bezel, which makes no secret of the manual arts it inheres. Thereby even models of multiple complications do not cause confusion.

The Portugieser Family

By now the Portugieser family has grown to more than 15 versions. Among those the Portugieser Hand-Wound Edition enhanced by an eight-day power reserve of the 59215 caliber housed in stainless steel or rose gold and the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar additionally displaying day, date, month, four digit year and the entire moon phase including the exact amount of remaining days to the next full moon. In spite of all these complications the Perpetual Calendar is just like any other Portugieser model by no means a watch which would require reading instructions. IWC provides cases of stainless steel as well as rose and white gold for the Portugieser line. The incorporated movements differ depending on the particular watch and number of complications but are collectively and completely in house manufactured. The Chronograph counts for the one and only exception. The dial color varies from silver and black to steel grey and navy blue. The list of famous IWC Portugieser fanciers is long, for its objectiveness is obvious. Thus actors such as Heinz Hoenig and Moritz Bleibtreu as well as football legend Rudi Völler consider themselves proud owners of Portugiesers.

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