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Introducing The IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph

Introducing The IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph

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Normally at this point in the year, we would have, in past times, as of now have seen IWC’s new pieces for the year at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva. The shortfall of an actual career expo has not, notwithstanding, prevented the company from communicating about its new deliveries, and during the current year, the emphasis is on the Portugieser assortment. Two new complicated watches remain at the highest point of the assortment both as far as cost and complexity. One of them is the new Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon, and the other is the piece you see here: the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph.

The watch at dispatch will be offered in two models. One will have a platinum case with a silver-plated dial, and the other, a blue dial and a case made of IWC’s Armor Gold. This is a restrictive IWC detailing of 5N red gold, in any case, Armor Gold is fabricated utilizing an exceptional cycle which, as per the company, brings about a lot harder and more wear-safe gold case – somewhere in the range of five to multiple times harder than customary red gold, guarantees IWC. 

Powering the watch is the IWC type 89900, which has been seen beforehand in the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” watch, which was a platinum-cased exceptional piece with an electric blue dial; it was likewise utilized in the 2017 Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph . The movement has various intriguing highlights, incorporating a tourbillon with a stop-seconds work (strange in a tourbillon watch) just as a bed fork and skeletonized get away from wheel covered with IWC’s Diamond Shell innovation, which IWC says diminishes rubbing and improves the effectiveness of energy conveyance to the equilibrium (consistently a test in planning a tourbillon watch).

The two references are both restricted versions of 50 pieces each worldwide. 

Introductory Thoughts

The tourbillon has preferably a more drawn out history at IWC over you may anticipate. For relative newcomers to fine watchmaking, it might come as somewhat of a shock to discover that notwithstanding its long standing for precisely high-grade, straightforward instrument watches, the firm started developing towards a considerably more different way of life as a complications producer a long time before the start of the 21st century. Perhaps the most awesome early cases was additionally IWC’s first obvious fantastic complication watch: the watch known as Il Destriero Scafusia (around, “The Warhorse Of Schaffhausen”), which was introduced in 1993 and which had a four-digit-year never-ending schedule, split-seconds chronograph and moment repeater. It additionally housed the first tourbillon that IWC had at any point made (the watch is the subject of a definite 2011 article from SJX ).

In soul, both from a plan and specialized angle, the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph is particularly in the heredity set up by the Warhorse of Schaffhausen almost 30 years ago.

The type 89900, notwithstanding the tourbillon, likewise includes a chronograph with co-pivotally positioned minutes and seconds registers. The retrograde date has markers little enough that perusing the exact date is anything but a quick demonstration; notwithstanding, the retrograde presentation gives you, in return, a realistic showcase of how long is left in the current month. This fairly particular dial format and movement appeared to me, when we saw it in 2017, a great match to the Da Vinci case plan, and I trust – before an excessive amount of time passes – to see the Portugieser models in the metal too. The store just model looks particularly attractive.

The Basics

Brand: IWC
Model: Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph
Reference Number: Ref. IW394005 Boutique Edition; Ref. IW394006 (platinum)

Diameter: 43.5mm
Thickness: 16mm
Case Material: Platinum or 18k 5N Armor Gold
Dial Color: Silver plated or blue
Water Resistance: 3 bar/30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Blue crocodile cowhide, by Santoni

The Movement

Caliber: IWC 89900
Functions: Retrograde date, chronograph with co-hub show of the hours and minutes; time
Diameter: 30mm
Power Reserve: 68 hours
Winding: Manual or programmed with 18k gold wavering weight
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewels: 42

Evaluating & Availability

Price: Ref. IW394005 Boutique Edition: CHF 105,000, Ref. IW394006 (platinum): CHF 123,000
Limited Edition: Yes, 50 pieces worldwide in each version

Find out more at IWC.com .

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