THE MARINE SPIRIT
A touch of brilliance and timeless elegance distinguish the two new variations of the manufacturer’s grand classics with their two-tone “blue panda” dials.
Reminiscent of the seaside, the combination of white and blue transcends fashion. Not without reason! These two colors inevitably conjure up images of the warmth of summer and the decorations in family homes near the beach. It is this very combination that brings a touch of warmth to the dials of the Portugieser Automatic and Portugieser Chronograph watches by IWC. On both models, a luminous white lacquer stands in contrast to the azure blue of the counters. These two timepieces are fitted with a matching wristband, either in leather or rubber, depending on the reference.
On this arrangement known as “blue panda”, within the Portugieser Automatic model, the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock responds symmetrically to the presence of the 7-day power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. A window at 6 o’clock serves to display the date. To create visual harmony, the hour and minute hands point to an hour circle and a minute track in the same color as the counters. The caliber 52010 built into the 42.3mm diameter steel case takes care of propelling its time information with precision. These identical features can be found on the Portugieser Chronograph. Only the vertical bicompax position is different. Time is measured by means of the second hand and the 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock. The self-winding movement 69355 fitted in the 41mm case, machined in the same metal as the Automatic, provides 46 hours of autonomy to the timepiece. Perfect for those sunny weekends of an Indian summer.