The Warhorse of Schaffhausen White Dial IWC Portuguese Chronograph Replica Watch, released in 1993, incorporated split-seconds, a tourbillon and a minute repeater. Calibre 79350 has a perfectly respectable 44-hour power reserve, is water resistant to 30 m, and the following functions: hours, minutes, seconds and chronograph. There’s a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock and small seconds at 6 o’clock. You’ll also see there’s a nicely understated tachymeter on the monochromatic dial. But there’s a ‘but’. Calibre 79350 is a Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement.
The secret of its success lies in its universal appeal, a modest 40 mm case diameter, an uncluttered and highly legible dial, and recessed subdials. It was a hard-won success. Like many great books and works of art, when the first Portugiesier was unveiled in the 1930s, its reception was decidedly lukewarm.
IWC Portuguese Chronograph Replica Watch is more than just a pretty white gold case and bezel, a grey dial and a gorgeously smooth bracelet. It’s a genre-defying timepiece. On paper, it’s a luxury sports watch. But it’s also an elegant everyday watch, and it most certainly wouldn’t be sniffed at if it put in an appearance at a board meeting or a dinner table.
It’s been modified by IWC but it’s not an IWC in-house movement. Whether that’s important is largely down to personal preference. In-house movements are generally more highly favoured but that doesn’t mean that an outsourced movement is necessarily inferior by comparison.
Calibre 79350 lies beneath the dial. You’d expect a watchmaker that’s a partner of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team to be pretty good at making movements. IWC Portuguese Replica Watch are one of the best. Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx have both been photographed wearing IWC watches. Scott Eastwood and Dev Patel are brand ambassadors. And Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Orlando Bloom are also well-known lovers of IWC’s superior craftsmanship. That’s quite the members club.
Who wears IWC Replica Watch? Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for starters. Valtteri Bottas too, now that Rosberg is retired. The brand has found favour amongst Hollywood’s A-listers too. Instantly recognisable thanks to its sleek, refined case design, hand-stitched crocodile leather bracelet and embossed Arabic numerals in a serif-style font, IWC Portuguese Chronograph – IW371431 is a timeless classic and a symbol of good taste. Calibre 89 was famed for its accuracy.