A special split-seconds to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday.
To celebrate the successful opening of boutiques in both Toronto and Vancouver, IWC has launched a Canadian-specific limited edition chronograph dubbed the Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition Boutique Canada. I swung by the new Vancouver boutique for a quick hands-on with what turned out to be an interesting and rather exclusive Canuck spin on a classic IWC design.
At 40.9mm wide in stainless steel, the Portugieser Boutique Canada has a lovely silver-white dial, polished Arabic markers, and a pair of black subdials to complete that panda look. With red accents and a maple leaf adorning its steel case back, this Portugieser is handsome and detailed with a measure of casual sporty appeal.
Fitted to a black alligator strap and just 13mm thick, the Portugieser Boutique Canada is a real treat on the wrist. While the 41mm Portugieser is mostly dial, the balance of the twin register chronograph scale paired with the lack of a date display protect the classic charm of this design. The case is brushed on the sides and has a number of polished elements, including the pusher caps, crown, lug faces, and the lovely dished ring that extends upwards from the case to meet the crystal.
From the polished markers to the fine dots used for the minute track, the Portugieser is one of my favorite dial designs from IWC. With that bright white dial ensuring a strong contrast for the polished steel hands, the Portugieser Boutique Canada makes the most of a great design (admittedly this could be partly influenced by my sense of patriotism and love of white dials).
Much like some of the similar Portugiesers that IWC has made for other boutiques around the world, the Portugieser Boutique Canada is a rattrapante chronograph and uses IWC’s hand-wound reference 76240. Based on an ETA 7750, the 76240 is highly modified and uses a special module (originally developed by the illustrious Richard Habring) to add the double chronograph feature. Activated by the pusher at 10 o’clock, the first chronograph seconds hand is in red (matching that of the minute scale), while the additional seconds hand offered by the rattrapante function is rendered without color.
IWC does not commonly offer watches with the 76240, and the functionality is really cool (and just plain fun to fiddle with). It’s become one of the calling cards of IWC’s more interesting chronographs since the first Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante was introduced in 1995.
Seeing as 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday, the Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition Boutique Canada is individually numbered and limited to just 150 pieces. Available for order via either the Vancouver or Toronto boutiques, the retail price is a not inconsiderable CAD $14,300 (that’s about $11,300 at the time this story was published).
In return for your stack of colorful Canadian cash, you get a limited edition hand-wound rattrapante chronograph in steel that comes wrapped up in what is easily one of my favorite expressions of the Portugieser form.
Not too bad, eh?