Like the just refreshed IWC Portuguese 7 Days Power Reserve chronograph model that the Swiss brand plans to introduce either at SIHH 2010 or a little bit later at Baselworld show, the IWC Portuguese Automatic Chronograph in Rose Gold (ref. IW371482) has also received a minor update for the next year. Of course, it will be presented at the same event.
According to the company, the new refreshed IWC Portuguese Automatic Chronograph in Rose Gold (ref. IW371482) will feature a new strap made of black crocodile leather.
As usual, the watch will be animated by the IWC Caliber 79350 automatic movement.
It must be noted that the movement IS NOT made in-house: it is in fact a slightly modified ETA Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement with its small seconds sub-dial moved counterclockwise to 6 o’clock and the calendar wheel removed altogether.
Also (excuse me this moment of ranting,) almost all parts of the modified caliber are gold-plated, but for me it is somewhat of overkill, like covering a Mercedes-Benz with gold vinyl: doesn’t look any more expensive, but shows everyone that you lack in the good taste department. Luckily, the movement is concealed from envious eyes with a solid case-back.
Still, I must admit that the mechanism, while being mass-produced and present in all sorts of Swiss made chronographs starting from relatively affordable and going all the way up the price ladder to sub-$20,000 models, is very robust and reliable, and, of course, is able of keeping good time if tuned and expected properly before being put in the case. Luckily for us, IWC does all that although I would still prefer to see such a classy chronograph being powered by an in-house mechanism even if they’d have to make a price bump for that.
Thanks to the choice of caliber, the watch look more slender (or at least more well-proportioned) than other members of the Portuguese family. Being less than 41 millimeter in diameter, it is just over 12 millimeters thick, which will make it feel very comfortable when worn with a normal shirt, as it is supposed to be.
While I certainly prefer rose gold to be accompanied with different shades of brown, I must admit that with this kind of strap the watch looks even more intimidating. Perhaps, that was the idea.
There is still no information about the worldwide availability for the new chronograph, but it’s been reported that the watch will go on sale at a fairly reasonable price of €12,500. With its 18-carat rose gold case, a fine-tuned to higher specs mechanism, and an overall high perceived value of the brand, the price indeed looks absolutely justified.
2010MY IWC Portuguese Automatic Chronograph in Rose Gold (Ref. IW371482) watch specification
Price range: €12,500
Movement: Automatic, IWC caliber C.79350, 28,800 vph, 31 jewels, Swiss Made
Power reserve: 44 hours
Case material: 18-carat rose gold
Case shape: Round
Case size: 40.90 mm
Case height: 12.30 mm
Dial: Chocolate brown with black chronograph sub-dials
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather
Crystal: Sapphire, AR-coated
Back: Solid, engraved