iwc portugieser chrono classic bucherer blue editions


A newcomer to the exclusive Blue Editions collection by Bucherer, the Portugieser Chronograph Classic features an ocean-colour dial highlighting the warmth of the pink gold case.

The family firm Bucherer, founded in 1888, is now 130 years old, and a major specialist in watchmaking and jewellery. It is currently owned by the third generation, and although the headquarters are in Lucerne, Switzerland, its prestige is worldwide. For this essential retailer in the watchmaking world, exclusivity is much more than just a word. The proof is the Blue Editions collection, with 18 exclusive blue watches designed by 11 of the major players in the industry, from Jaeger-LeCoultre to Chopard via Audemars Piguet, to name just a few. IWC is on the list of this “happy few” and has designed a limited edition of 88 pieces: the Portugieser Chronograph Classic Bucherer Blue Editions.

iwc portugieser chrono classic bucherer blue editions profileThe new model has a 42mm-wide case made of pink gold, a warm colour that can also be found on the crown and chronograph monopushers with their “mushroom” style – a shape highlighting the classical spirit of the watch, with a design (although reworked) dating back to 1939, the year the Portugieser was first launched. The back of the watch displays the rotor of the calibre 89361, a self-winding mechanical watch providing a power reserve of 68 hours.

iwc portugieser chrono classic bucherer blue editions closeupOn the blue dial with a sunburst finish, the hours and minutes are shown at the centre with two golden, leaf-shaped hands. They make their way around a chapter ring featuring Arabic numerals and embossed hour markers, along with a white railroad-scale minute track. The seconds have been moved to a counter at 6 o’clock, while the date is at 3 o’clock. For the chronograph elements, the seconds are in their classic position in the centre, while the hours and minutes have been grouped together in a global totaliser at 12 o’clock.

iwc portugieser chrono classic bucherer blue editions closeupPrice: 21,500 CHF or 21,900 EUR

By Sharmila Bertin