A seven-day automatic in steel.
Another new IWC introduction being announced today, also in the Portugieser line, is this new stainless steel automatic offering. It comes with a silver-plated dial and rhodium-plated hands that pair well with the chosen case material. This is a nice update on a familiar design within the dressy Portugieser line. The small seconds at 9 o’clock are balanced by the power-reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. The power reserve that’s being indicated is a more than ample seven days, considering that this is a self-winding watch equipped with an in-house movement from IWC. Further, the movement has been engineered with the company’s Pellaton winding system, devised to maximize the amount of energy transmitted to and stored in the barrel by the rotor’s movements.
This is a nice looking stainless steel wristwatch with an equally well-engineered in-house automatic movement and an extended power reserve. If there was ever any doubt that IWC makes an elegant wristwatch, a simple Portugieser like this ought to lay it to rest. Now, for many readers, this watch’s 42.3mm case is going to wear on the larger side, but that is kind of the idea with the Portugieser. It’s a watch that was developed from the early days to utilize pocket watch movements in oversized wristwatches. If this guy is too big for you but you’re on board with the overall aesthetic, then the the company’s Portofino line may merit a look.
Model: Portugieser Automatic
Reference Number: IW500712
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Silver
Indexes: Applied numerals
Water Resistance: 3 bar
Strap/Bracelet: Alligator leather strap
Caliber: IWC 52010
Functions: Hours, minutes, small hacking seconds
Power Reserve: 7 Days
Winding: Automatic, Pellaton-style
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Pricing & Availability
Availability: June 1