In its Portuguese Chronograph series of fine timepieces, IWC Watches offers a magnificent array of gorgeous and meticulously crafted wristwatches, guaranteed to engage the refined sensibilities of any watch aficionado. Case sizes range from 40 to 46 millimeters and case material options include stainless steel, yellow gold and rose gold. Select timepieces in the Portuguese Chronograph line also feature a bezel of stunning round-cut white diamonds. And, as the series' name makes apparent, all watches in it include a chronograph composed of two recessed totalizers with complications that track minutes and seconds. Embossed Arabic numerals and perfectly proportioned feuille hour and minute hands are integrated flawlessly on the watch face, along with raised markers positioned at every minute.
Although undeniably handsome, the IWC Portuguese Chronograph is not only good looks; it's also a powerhouse of extraordinary engineering. With its seafaring origins, all watches in this series - save the Yacht Club and Rattrapante - are driven by the IWC-designed self-winding 79350 calibre. Supremely precise, it packs 31 jewels for years of reliable, exceedingly smooth, super low-friction operation. A 44-hour power reserve ensures that the watch will continue ticking through extended periods during which it isn't being worn. Each timepiece in this series also includes a very useful stopwatch with push-button controls north and south of the crown. The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph IWC's rugged 89360 calibre, with a near 70-hour power reserve, boasts a flyback function on its stopwatch that allows rapid retiming as the second hand returns to the zero position with fewer user operations required. The Portuguese Rattrapante Chronograph includes a dazzling split second function for those who participate in sports that demand complex and exact timing.