06Mar 2018




Replica For Sale Quick Look: IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years”

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The movement in this piece is the hand-wound IWC caliber 94805, which beats in a leisurely 2.5Hz and features 96 hours of power reserve. The movement could be admired through a sapphire display caseback and includes an inlaid insignia that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the brand.These two exceptionally complex particular anniversary watches will likely be generated in extremely tiny numbers. IW504501) will be generated with a cost of $110,000. On the other hand, the IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW590202) is limited to only 15 pieces for a price of $253,000. Founded in 1868, IWC prepares to celebrate its own 150-year background in 2018 using five limited models from different collections, along with the IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” watch has become the most available among them. Apart from the “150 Years” from the names, all discuss the lacquered dial with printed numerals — all white except that the Da Vinci Automatic you watch here in blue. This isn’t merely a “small-seconds” variant of last year’s three-hand Da Vinci Automatic (hands-on here), since it represents an in-house motion option with a new member of IWC’s 80000 family of movements.The Da Vinci has gone through quite a few redesigns since it premiered in 1969, housing the initial Swiss quartz movement, the Beta 21. IWC reimagined the Da Vinci collection a year to re-introduce a round Da Vinci case silhouette with notable articulating lugs. 1 thing I could say for the new Da Vinci watches is that articulating lugs are usually something that I appreciate, however — and perhaps it’s only me — it feels like the dressy, restrained character of the round Da Vinci is currently pretty well represented at IWC from the Portofino and Portugieser collections.

Now 20 years old the IWC Portugieser Chronograph has been a top selling mainstay of the line, being a good looking watch, surprisingly flat despite its complication, and well-priced. Despite an attempt to go upmarket with IWC’s high-end in-house chronograph movement, the original Portugieser Chronograph ref. 3714 remains popular.

IWC’s 150th Anniversary Jubilee Collection offers a hint as to where the Portugieser Chronograph is headed, which is basically a better movement for the same price.

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Aesthetically, the Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years” gets the anniversary treatment, glossy lacquered dials in either dark blue or white. Both are familiar colours for the Portugieser Chronograph, but the shiny finish that resembles enamel is novel. Being more restrained, the white dial has the edge in visual appeal.

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Inside is where the upgrade is significant. Instead of the low-cost Valjoux 7750 or Sellita SW500 inside the original ref. 3714, the anniversary chronograph is powered by the cal. 69355. Iwc Watches Black Friday Replica terms it a “manufacture” movement, think of it as a heavily upgraded Valjoux 7750 produced by IWC.

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While much of basic architecture relies on the tried and tested Valjoux 7750, improvements have been made in crucial areas. Several of the key upgrades are obvious, namely the column wheel to control the chronograph start-stop, as well as the escape wheel and pallet fork produced via LIGA, a high-tech lithographic and moulding process. The technique results in a lightweight, open-worked escapement made of nickel, improving the efficiency of the movement.

The solid gold anniversary medallion on the rotor is unique to the Jubilee Collection.

Though the anniversary Portugieser Chronograph is indistinguishable from the earlier generation, it is actually slightly larger due to the new movement. The anniversary model is 41mm in diameter and 13.1mm high, making it marginally larger than the original that measures 40.9mm by 12.6mm.

The upgraded Portugieser Chronograph is barely 4% more expensive than the existing ref. 3714, making it a better buy than the original, offering more for essentially the same money.

Price and availability

The Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years” is a limited edition of 2000 pieces in each colour: the blue dial (ref. IW371601), or white (ref. IW371602). It is priced at US$7150 and will be available in IWC boutiques and retailers starting October 2018.


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