IWC Portugieser Yacht Club
The IWC Portugieser Yacht Club has received a tasteful update for 2020. The new additions to the brand’s portfolio include three new versions of the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph as well as the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide which features IWC’s newly developed tide indication.
The IWC Portuguiser (formerly called the IWC Portuguese) has always exhibited a genteel, elegant and formal character.
In 2010, the Schaffhausen-based brand unveiled the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club, an overtly sporty design when contrasted with its siblings. The crown nestled between the sturdy shoulders of a crown protection device, the central chronograph seconds hand was presented in a vivid shade of red and the black, textured rubber strap did not look afraid of getting its hair wet.
Image – IWC Portugieser Yacht Club (2010)
Unusually, the dial was endowed with a subdial at noon, combining both hour and minute chronograph registers. In addition, the chronograph was equipped with a flyback function and featured an exhibition case back. The 2010 model was housed in a stainless steel case with a choice of silver or black dials. Furthermore, a red gold version was also available with a becoming ardoise dial.
Despite its action hero toughness, the Portugieser Yacht Club has always been a handsome, sophisticated chap. Its notable allure led the watch brand to subsequently release the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012, with a carbon-style dial, as well as a Laureus model in 2013 with a blue sunray dial.
Now, the luxury marque has unveiled new versions of the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club for 2020. The line-up includes a chronograph, available in three colourways with each version paired with a metal bracelet. In addition, IWC has unveiled a wholly new complication for the maritime-themed watch, a tide indication. Rest assured, the bewitching looks of the 2010 model remain alive and well with several design elements of the former model being carried over to these latest models.
The brand’s press release
Since 2010, the Portugieser Yacht Club has brought a sporting note to the family. As a nautical sports watch, it combines timeless elegance with ruggedness and high water-resistance. These characteristics make the Yacht Club an extremely versatile watch that cuts a fine figure both on water and land. Two eye-catching features in the new models are the filigree bezel and flat casing ring. Together, they lend the case, with its 44-millimetre diameter, particularly elegant proportions.
The Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide (Ref. 344001) is the first watch from IWC to sport the newly developed tide indication. A subdial at 6 o’clock indicates the expected times for the next high and low tide. The double moon phase display at 12 o’clock has been enhanced to show spring and neap tides and thus provides information about the strength of the current tides. Spring tides, which bring particularly high water, occur at full moon and new moon.
IWC has also launched the 3rd generation of the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph (Ref. 3907). Featuring a 44 mm case this nautical sports chronograph combines timeless elegance with high robustness and a water-resistance of 6 bar. All three models offer highly ergonomic metal bracelets in either stainless steel or steel and 18-carat 5N gold.
Ticking away inside these watches is the IWC- manufactured 89361 calibre. It displays the stopped hours and minutes in a single totaliser at 12 o’clock. Thanks to its flyback function, the stopwatch hands can be returned to zero simply by pressing the reset button, and a new timing sequence starts immediately. The automatic winding builds up a power reserve of 68 hours. The movement can be viewed through the transparent case back.