On one side you have IWC and its signature, exemplary chronograph, the Portugieser 3714 . This watch, as we’ve clarified in this top to bottom audit , is an advanced symbol, for all intents and purposes unaltered since its presentation in the last part of the 1990s. An ideal meaning of a work of art. On the other side, you have Bucherer , conceivably the world’s biggest watch retailer , known for its blue-themed uncommon editions – typically very professional. Also, when you blend the two, you get the new IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE ref. IW371492 – and indeed, it is one amazing form of this watch.
As consistently with the Bucherer BLUE watches, don’t anticipate that any drastic changes should the base watch. Indeed we are seeing an update of dial, shadings and lash. All things considered, this doesn’t imply that this can’t lead to a lovely watch – indeed, it does. After a few editions dependent on Blancpain , Moser , Breguet , Longines , Oris or Glashütte Original (Bucherer covers a huge scope of watches), it is currently an ideal opportunity for the Swiss retailer to collaborate again with Schaffhausen-based production, this time with IWC’s most meaningful watch, the Portugieser Chronograph.
Practically unaltered since it was presented 21 years prior, the Ref. 3714 has acquired a legitimate spot in the pantheon of contemporary symbols. After the presentation of the Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante “DoppelChronograph” Ref. 3712, the brand chose to add a basic programmed chronograph to the assortment, the 3714, making it the foundation of the Portugieser line-up. While IWC was known for routinely changing/refreshing its watches, this one stayed immaculate – and that’s how you make an icon.
The IWC Portugieser Chronograph is a spotless, ageless, proportional watch. Its 40.9mm case makes it appropriate for most wrists and most conditions, it is both easygoing and exquisite simultaneously, its dial is spotless, eminently adjusted and practical, its development, in spite of being founded on the 7750 has been radically changed by IWC and the general quality is superb. There’s a great deal to adore in this watch.
This year, after numerous unique renditions in blue, we have this new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE. There are now a few standard steel editions of the 3714 – silver-plated dial with brilliant lists, silver-plated dial with blue records, dark dial with rhodium-plated lists and blue dial with rhodium-plated files. Bucherer adds a fifth steel model.
The IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE ref. IW371492 depends on the reference IW371446 , which includes a silver dial with blue lists and hands. The fundamental contrast for the Bucherer adaptations is to be seen on the dial. The focal zone stays silver-plated with blue lists, tracks and engravings. The developments concern the fundamental hands, which are currently rhodium-plated (for the hours, minutes and little seconds), while the chronograph hands are blued-steel for better contrast.
The second development is noticeable on the inward rib, with the seconds track. Normally coordinating the dial, here it is executed in blue, giving the watch a more easygoing, nautical style. This outwardly changes the extents of the 3714 however stays engaging. To wrap things up, the Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE is worn on a blue material lash, again to upgrade the easygoing theme.
As for the rest, the watch stays indistinguishable from the standard editions, with a similar 40.9mm x 12.6mm steel case, a similar Caliber IWC 79350 and altogether, this perfect, rich design.
Price and availability
The IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE ref. IW371492 will be restricted to 365 pieces, accessible only at Bucherer shops from the finish of July 2019, or at the Bucherer webshop here . It will be evaluated at CHF 7,900 or EUR 7,700.
More subtleties on this new Bucherer BLUE watch at bucherer.com .