Swiss watchmaker IWC has unveiled a new successor for its Portugieser Chronograph Classic watch, with the new reference 3903 displaying numerous subtle design changes which help to improve the already tasteful aesthetic of the watch.
Originally launched in the 1930s and formerly known as the Portuguese range, the Portugieser was once considered to be a large-sized watch. Measuring at 42mm in diameter, the new Portugieser Chronograph Classic fits in comfortably within today’s industry standards, and the elegant-yet-sporty case will be offered in either stainless steel or rose gold.
Further to this, IWC has also offered two dial colours for the stainless steel model, silver and blue. Meanwhile, only the silver option is available for the rose gold edition.
On the dial, the wearer is presented with a two-register layout with running seconds at 6 o’clock. At 12 o’clock, a function that is unique to this particular movement, the combined totalizer for chronograph hours and minutes, can be observed. The totalizer makes reading the elapsed chronograph time much more intuitive, and the dial is tastefully finished with a date window, applied Arabic numeral indexes, and refined leaf-shaped minute and hour hands.
The colour of the indexes and the hands is dependent on the dial colour. For the stainless steel edition, the silver dial is presented with blue indexes and heat-blued steel hands, while the blue dial has polished steel hands and silver indexes.
Meanwhile, the rose gold model is, of course, presented with gold hands and indexes. This is probably the most noticeable adjustment from the Portugieser Chronograph Classic’s predecessor, which had a silver dial fronted with silver indices and hour and minute hands. Not only does the 2017 edition look more pleasing to the eye, but the distinct colours also serve to enhance the legibility of the dial.
The highlight of the new Portugieser Chronograph Classic is undoubtedly the in-house calibre 89361, which is part of the 89000 family of IWC movements and powers the aforementioned chronograph hours and minutes display, as well as a flyback function. Offering an impressive 68 hours of power reserve, the movement can be seen in all its glory through the display case back.
The new IWC retails for £9,350 for the stainless steel model in both dial colours, while the rose gold edition has a price of £15,500. Both variants are now available to buy.