IWC have recently released a couple of new additions to their Portugieser collection. The first is the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar, available now in full platinum. And the second is the Portugieser Automatic, now available in a very accessible stainless-steel.
First things first, the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. The QP from IWC’s Portugieser line is one of the world’s most exemplary, and at last we’ve got it in one of the world’s most precious metals, platinum! There’s a Fantastic appeal to the Appearance and Texture of a platinum watch. To a lot of people this may look like a stainless-steel or white gold watch, but to only the very astute (borderline superhuman), will the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar’s true casing material be known. At 44.20mm in diameter and 14.90mm in thickness, this is anything but a small watch. But with its heft it carries with it a certain stature and swagger that absolutely cannot go unnoticed.
It’s has a very sharp look with the silver dial on platinum look, and one can say this very simple looking colour palette as a bit anti-climatic, but for one I believe that it works. It allows the moonphase at 12 o’clock to gain more focus, and the whitened look of the entire aesthetic is one that screams elegance, sophistication and style. The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar is run by the Calibre 52615 which features a 7-day power reserve, a full perpetual calendar module, a moonphase indicator of both hemispheres and of course the passing hours, minutes and seconds. The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar in platinum is priced at $53,300USD (which converts to roughly $70,000AUD).
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The next piece that IWC introduced was that the new stainless-steel version of this famous Portugieser Automatic. Very similar to that of this Portougieser Perpetual Calendar’s, the Portugieser Automatic looks quite low-key, quite understated but nevertheless superbly tasteful. The silver dial is not as cluttered and a lot more expansive naturally compared to the Perpetual Calendar’s, and this emphasises the gorgeous comparison of a trendy color palette.
The Portugieser Automatic is powered by the Calibre 52010 which features the passing hours and minutes as indicated in the centre stack of hands, a small hacking seconds dial at 9 o’clock and a 7-day power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. The Portugieser Automatic in stainless-steel is priced at $12,700USD (which converts to roughly $16,500AUD).