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Quick Look: IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years” Replica At Best Price

At 9 o'clock, you have the sub-dial that suggests daily, and at 3 o'clock you've the sub-dials that reveal the date and power reserve. At 6 o'clock, there is a month indicator and moon

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At 9 o’clock, you have the sub-dial that suggests daily, and at 3 o’clock you’ve the sub-dials that reveal the date and power reserve. At 6 o’clock, there is a month indicator and moon phase screen, as well as the remaining at around 8 o’clock you have the entire year index. Finally, there’s the flying tourbillon that makes one rotation every minute at 12 o’clock. The motion within is the self-winding Iwc Watches Brisbane Replica caliber 51950, which is based on the Caliber 51900 located in IWC’s other tourbillon watches such as the Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde however with the innovative 82-part perpetual calendar module manufactured by Kurt Klaus. This motion also features IWC’s Pellaton winding system and has a generous power reserve of 168 hours, or 7 days. It’s observable through a sapphire display caseback and features a special commemorative 18k gold rotor.The other tourbillon see that IWC has specially prepared for its 150th anniversary is your Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 decades.” This comes in a slightly larger 46mm wide Portugieser style case and is only available in platinum. Like the earlier Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years,” this watch also has heat-treated blue hour and minute hands. This is an upgraded version of past Constant-Force Tourbillon watches — Portugieser along with other models — coupled with all the “perpetual moon phase display. At 1 o’clock there’s a moon phase display that just needs to be adjusted by a day after 577.5 years. Ultimately, we have the highlight of this watch, the massive tourbillon featuring a constant-force mechanism which provides power in even impulses into the escapement. In theory, this should enhance the chronometric performance of the movement.

Now 20 years old the IWC Portugieser Chronograph has been a top selling mainstay of the line, being a good looking watch, surprisingly flat despite its complication, and well-priced. Despite an attempt to go upmarket with IWC’s high-end in-house chronograph movement, the original Portugieser Chronograph ref. 3714 remains popular.

IWC’s 150th Anniversary Jubilee Collection offers a hint as to where the Portugieser Chronograph is headed, which is basically a better movement for the same price.

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Aesthetically, the Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years” gets the anniversary treatment, glossy lacquered dials in either dark blue or white. Both are familiar colours for the Portugieser Chronograph, but the shiny finish that resembles enamel is novel. Being more restrained, the white dial has the edge in visual appeal.

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Inside is where the upgrade is significant. Instead of the low-cost Valjoux 7750 or Sellita SW500 inside the original ref. 3714, the anniversary chronograph is powered by the cal. 69355. Iwc Watches First Copy Replica terms it a “manufacture” movement, think of it as a heavily upgraded Valjoux 7750 produced by IWC.

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While much of basic architecture relies on the tried and tested Valjoux 7750, improvements have been made in crucial areas. Several of the key upgrades are obvious, namely the column wheel to control the chronograph start-stop, as well as the escape wheel and pallet fork produced via LIGA, a high-tech lithographic and moulding process. The technique results in a lightweight, open-worked escapement made of nickel, improving the efficiency of the movement.

The solid gold anniversary medallion on the rotor is unique to the Jubilee Collection.

Though the anniversary Portugieser Chronograph is indistinguishable from the earlier generation, it is actually slightly larger due to the new movement. The anniversary model is 41mm in diameter and 13.1mm high, making it marginally larger than the original that measures 40.9mm by 12.6mm.

The upgraded Portugieser Chronograph is barely 4% more expensive than the existing ref. 3714, making it a better buy than the original, offering more for essentially the same money.

Price and availability

The Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years” is a limited edition of 2000 pieces in each colour: the blue dial (ref. IW371601), or white (ref. IW371602). It is priced at US$7150 and will be available in IWC boutiques and retailers starting October 2018.


 

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