Everything You Need To Know About The Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph By IWC Schaffhausen
This year, Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has put all its energy into furthering one of its oldest and best-known collections: Portugieser. Of the numerous new releases, two especially complicated models top the list for both their bank-busting price tags and mechanical movements, and the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph is one of them.
It’s available in two versions that are limited editions of 50 pieces each; one comes in a platinum case with a silver-plated dial, and the other comes with a navy-blue dial and a case made using IWC’s proprietary Armor Gold.
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Retrograde Date Display
This watch is equipped with a retrograde date display, which shows the passing of the month with a hand that moves in an arc from the 1st to the 31st of the month.
Our favourite version of the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph is made using 18-karat Armor Gold. A type of red gold manufactured by IWC Schaffhausen, this metal is, according to the watchmaker, five to ten times harder and more wear-resistant than conventional red gold.
The Calibre 89900, which powers the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph, has a number of interesting features, including a chronograph, which can be used as a stopwatch.
The Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph’s tourbillon brings its balance wheel to the surface. The wheel rotates around an axis in a cage, which is what allows the movement to keep regular time. Not only is it visually spectacular, it also reduces the influence of gravity on the watch’s inner workings, as a result increasing the watch’s accuracy.
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