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Introducing The IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42

Introducing The IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42

Speedy Take

When I think about IWC’s complications, my brain will in general go to one of two places, every one of which emerged from IWC’s all around acquired standing for being a brand for watch-darlings first and foremost. 

On the one hand, there is the Doppelchronograph, created during the 1990s by Richard Habring to work on a changed Valjoux 7750 development. Then again, there is the IWC ceaseless schedule. The first work of watchmaking legend Kurt Klaus during the 1980s carried a libertarian appeal to a complication since quite a while ago connected with distinction and extraordinary cost, and furthermore did as such on the back of the humble Valjoux 7750. 

Today, we’re taking a gander at another bunch of IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendars that come in a 42mm size made conceivable by the reconciliation of a ceaseless schedule development in the 82000-type family. This is the first occasion when that this somewhat more modest group of developments has fueled an IWC never-ending schedule mechanism.

Though I’ve yet to see them in the metal, these three new models come in what figures to be an incredibly wearable case size of 42mm in either hardened steel (one adaptation) or 5N red gold (two forms, the one with the blue dial selective to IWC stores). Other than its size, one of the principal things you’re probably going to see about the more modest alternatives is that their dial designs are somewhat not quite the same as what we’re come to expect in late Portugieser Perpetual Calendars, which have generally found the moon stage marker at the 12 o’clock position. With these three new references, it’s been dropped down to a sub-dial in the six o’clock position and combined with the month display. 

Introductory Thoughts

For me, 42mm versus  44mm improves things significantly as far as the wearability of a watch, and therefore alone, I’m very eager to look at these looks in a hurry and ideally get one on my wrist for an audit. For a long time, IWC was known for its large developments and larger than usual complications; however that standing, acquired generally in the most recent decade, is by all accounts on the fade. A 42mm dress watch is in no way, shape or form little, yet I do imagine that I could wear this unending schedule with a suit, which I uncertainty would be the situation with the 7-day 44mm version.

It’s well worth bringing up that IWC isn’t deserting the bigger 52000 arrangement of developments for the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. Notwithstanding the gold-cased, blue-dialed, cal. 82650-fueled store release you see above, there is additionally a second shop version that includes the bigger 7-day development with blue dial and gold case, which utilizes the type 52610 and IWC’s exclusive Armor Gold, an exceptionally scratch-safe definition of 5N gold. It is a work of art, after all.

The Basics

Brand: IWC
Model: Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42; Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42 Boutique Edition
Reference Number: Ref. IW344202, 5N gold with white dial; IW344203, tempered steel with white dial; IW344205, 5N gold with blue dial (store edition)

Diameter:  42.4 mm
Thickness: 13.8 mm
Case Material: Stainless steel or 5N gold
Dial Color: Silver plated or blue
Indexes: Applied
Lume: No
Water Resistance: 3 bar
Strap/Bracelet: Alligator cowhide ties by Santoni

The Movement

Caliber: Caliber 82650
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, never-ending schedule with shows for day, date, month, moon stage, and jump year
Power Reserve:  60 hours
Winding:  Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewels:  46

Valuing & Availability

Price: Stainless steel ref. IW344203: $22,900; 5N gold ref. IW344202,  $32,900; 5N red gold IW344205, $32,900

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