IWC is well respected as a manufacturer of high-end time pieces that display a bold and uniquely IWC design. The Portuguese Chronograph Automatic Men’s Watch is one such wrist watch whose calibre is among the top-tier in horology.
The new 2016 Portuguese Chronograph model by IWC features all of the impressive features deserving of such a high-quality time piece. This chronograph features an Automatic movement with deadly precision, scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal protecting the silver dial, blued steel luminescent hands and markers, a sophisticated blue alligator leather strap, an impressive power reserve when the watch is not being worn, and a respectable water resistance. The design of this 40.9mm time piece is pure, clean, and has a hint of an instant modern classic.
IWC uses the finest Swiss-made Automatic movement as a power source. This movement is calibre 79350, and is made by the best. When not worn, the movement holds a power reserve of 44 hours.
There are countless aspects to this watch that follow through and impress. For one, the design is absolutely top-notch. Intended for men who are seeking a luxury watch with a sophisticated, clean, and classic look, the Portuguese Chronograph absolutely offers this, and more. This is no fashion watch from the likes of Daniel Wellington, Michael Kors or Guess watches, but truly are piece of design and engineering excellence! While many dials are black or dark, this model goes lighter with a cream-white face, matching sub dials at 12 and 6 o’clock, and small blued hour markers with second indices around the edge of the dial. This clean and simple design is timeless; every aspect of this watch seems well-proportioned and coloured just right.
The band is made of genuine alligator leather and is a deep blue colour, which matches the cream-white dial face with elegance. The Swiss-made Automatic movement holds up to 44 hours of reserve power, which is great for everyday to every-other-day wear.
Despite my attempts to pick apart this watch by IWC, there were no major complains by buyers nor any flaws in the functionality, design, or quality of this time piece.
The silver bezel is thin, which makes the dial feel broad and fresh with the cream-white face shining through. With small second markers around the dial’s edge, this symmetrical watch face offers a beautiful sophistication to any man’s wrist.
The functionality of the Portuguese Chronograph is beyond reproach. While this model is admittedly new, there have yet to be any complaints as to its performance. For a luxury time piece from a powerhouse such as IWC, it is unlikely that this watch has any poor functions.
This is not only an outstanding design, but the time piece itself is made with absolute quality: silver-tone stainless steel bezel, Sapphire crystal, Swiss movement, genuine alligator band, stainless steel case, and a colour scheme to impress for decades.
Not only do all of the material components and Automatic movement function perfectly with ease, but the functions of the special features are also impressive as well. At the 12 and 6 o’clock positions, there are 2 sub dials. One is set for a 60 second rotation and the other for 30 minutes with stop function. The sheer functionality of this IWC is extremely impressive and is flawless thus far.
The price of this 2016 model stands at $7,900 retail. You can purchase it on Amazon for just a bit less for $7,825 directly from IWC. Since this luxury watch is fresh on the market, the price will remain in this range for some time.
Compared to the Pilots Mark XVII and the Pilot Black Dial Chronograph Automatic models by IWC, this is nearly $4,000 more expensive than those models. However, the fine craftsmanship of the Portuguese Chronograph sets this time piece apart.
The overall impression of the IWC Portuguese Chronograph Automatic Men’s Watch is presented as sheer admiration for the creation of such an elegant and fully-functional luxury time piece that will without a doubt become an instant classic.
You can truly wear this time piece for nearly any occasion: from dress wear, business wear, casual, and to impress on special occasions, this classic watch is not gaudy nor is it caked with meaningless jewels. This IWC sings with elegance and is impossible not to look at. For men who want to exude class, this time piece is guaranteed to treat you well.