The well-known IWC Portuguese Automatic 7 Days Power Reserve watch has been slightly refreshed for the new season.
The elegant and simple watch that sports timeless classic design of its body and dial has received a new silver face that was previously available only with a lot more expensive Portuguese Automatic in rose gold (ref. IW500101).
The refreshed time is still offered in a stainless steel body that measures just over 42 millimeters in diameter and is exactly 14 millimeters high.
Although considered “mid-sized” by today’s standards, the watch is not particularly compact, so, if you happen to possess a skinny wrist, then you should probably first try it on at your local official dealer’s shop. And you clearly shouldn’t order one on-line just because you loved the design at first sight (and the watch indeed deserves to be fallen in love with.)
Part of the blame here goes to the IWC caliber 51011 automatic movement that powers the watch. Based on the well-known cal. 50000, the movement is good for as long as 7 days of guaranteed power supply, but is equipped with a single mainspring barrel that houses a very, very long spring. It was for a reason, that the cal. 50000 was called a “Big Movement.”
Built in-house at IWC’s facilities in Schaffhausen, the movement is equipped with a skeletonized oscillating weight with a gold medallion and is nicely decorated with circular graining and circular Geneva stripes.
Of course, the yellow gold hands, hour indexes and Arabic numerals look somewhat strange with this polished stainless steel body, but I personally know a number of people who actually like this kind of color combination.
Also, the Swiss watch maker partly compensated the (subjective) awkwardness of the dial with a more interesting price.
It has been reported that IWC recommends to sell the stainless steel Portuguese IW500114 at a price of €9350, while the rose gold Portuguese IW500101 is sold at around €13,000.
IWC Portuguese Automatic 7 days power reserve (Ref. IW500114) watch specification
Price range: €9350
Movement: Automatic, IWC caliber 51011, 21,600 vph, 42 jewels + 2 beryllium bronze bearings
Complications: Date, small seconds, power reserve indicator
Power reserve: 7 Days / 168 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Case size: 42.3 mm
Case height: 14.0 mm
Numerals: Arabic, applied, yellow gold
Hands: Yellow gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather
Crystal: Sapphire, AR-coated