The Portugieser Chronograph by IWC Schaffhausen needs next to zero presentation. It is one of those exemplary watches that each authority will experience, at some point or another. For more than 20 years, it remained essentially unaltered, except for minor departure from the dial. The model we present today is one more of these variations… and it truly works. Let’s investigate the exceptionally restricted IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE.
We presented this new Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE as of late, in a news story when the watch was officially dispatched. In any case, we’ve been really flabbergasted by the work done by Bucherer to give this form its own character and, let’s be straightforward, a serious cool look. Something we needed to affirm by seeing the watch in the metal – no that simple realizing this piece will before long be sold out and is restricted to 365 pieces.
Before we investigate this particular Bucherer rendition, a brisk update about the IWC Portugieser Chronograph ref. 3714. The IWC Portugieser is perhaps the most established assortment at IWC. It was made back in 1939, under the reference 325, after two Portuguese financial specialists – Rodrigues and Teixeira – visited the IWC fabricate in Schaffhausen with an irregular solicitation; they needed all the accuracy of a marine chronometer in a wristwatch design. This brought about the production of a huge 43mm, readable tempered steel watch, outfitted with a pocket watch movement.
The configuration highlighted straightforward Arabic numerals, a super flimsy (practically non-existent) bezel, leaf-molded hands and a utilitarian minutes/seconds track. These plan components have stood the trial of time and are included in the cutting edge forms of the IWC Portugieser. From 1939 until 1993, the IWC Portugieser was hard to find. Just 304 pieces with Caliber 74 were created and 371 pieces with the development of this development, the Caliber 98 (and its resulting form, Caliber 982). During the 1970s and 1980s, the watch was sold solely on the German market and many idea it was the finish of the marine chronometer wristwatch by IWC.
The genuine return of the IWC Portugieser was in 1995, with the dispatch of the Rattrapante model Ref. 3712 (or DoppelChronograph), which would become the motivation for the exemplary chronograph we are reviewing today. In 1998, three years after the presentation of the Chronograph Rattrapante 3712, IWC dispatched a worked on model – Ref. 3714 – a standard chronograph having a similar plan, a similar case, a similar dial and a similar showcase. The principle contrast concerned the capacities, as the 3714 disposed of the rattrapante work and took a programmed development onboard.
Since this presentation, this watch has stayed unaltered, merging the vibes of a genuine current symbol. Except for infrequent dial varieties (silver, dark, blue, dark with silver counters and more restricted versions), IWC kept the watch outwardly and actually indistinguishable from the first 1998 concept.
For a complete review of the IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph, check our article here .
Bucherer is currently the biggest European watch retailer, if not the biggest on the planet since the obtaining of US-based gatherings Tourneau and Baron & Leeds . As the head of the pack, the gathering has the ability to ask a few courtesies from brands, which currently incorporates the formation of uncommonly planned watches, all assembled under the “Bucherer BLUE” idea – which implies, as you’ve speculated, a lot of the tone blue.
After a few versions 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 assembling, this time with IWC’s most significant watch, the Portugieser Chronograph.
The IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE
Here, we’re going to zero in on the looks. This IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE is for the most part a plan development of the exemplary silver-blue model in IWC’s assortment (ref. 371446). The primary contrasts come from the dial and hands, the tie and the particular inscriptions on the caseback. In any case, this can make very much a difference.
The Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE ref. IW371492 varies from the standard form by the utilization of a differentiating internal spine, instead of a tone-on-tone seconds track. Here, it is shaded in blue, changing definitely the view of the watch. The primary thought with the Portugieser Chronograph has consistently been the wide opening of the dial, supported by the monochromatic dial and the practically non-existent bezel. Having a blue internal rib makes the watch more compact yet additionally more easygoing, a piece sportier.
This feeling can be valued when worn on the wrist, making this Bucherer BLUE version exceptional in its own particular manner. In the metal, it does truly look charming and adds a specific appeal to this normally chilly, rather specialized looking piece.
The Arabic numerals, raised over the dial, are kept in blue however the leaf-style hours and minutes hands are rhodium-plated as opposed to being blued. Once more, a decent detail that makes this release stand separated. The chronograph hands are left in blue for better legibility.
Second development: the tie. No conventional croc leather here, however a slim, level blue material lash mounted on a collapsing fasten. This likewise takes an interest in the more easygoing, more nautical feel of this Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE, particularly with the utilization of white sewing. Altogether, the watch feels recognizable – it is a Portugieser, after all – however one of a kind as well, with a more loose look.
All the rest stays indistinguishable from the exemplary 3714: 40.9mm case with cleaned and brushed surfaces, programmed development dependent on the 7750 design (however profoundly adjusted by IWC).
Thoughts, Price & Availability
The IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE ref. IW371492 is unmistakably an accomplished, adjusted and attractive piece. While keeping the most awesome aspect the ref. 3714, Bucherer has figured out how to give this virus piece some more appeal making it perhaps the best releases of this watch.
The Portugieser Chronograph Bucherer BLUE is restricted to 365 pieces, accessible just from Bucherer stores and site. It is valued at CHF 7,900 or EUR 7,700. More subtleties at Bucherer webshop here .