Introduced in 1998, these “small” Portuguese automatic models from IWC come in two versions: one, a limited edition in platinum with a blue dial, the other unlimited, in steel, with a black dial.
The direct descendants of the legendary pocket watch that was modified for the wrist and first conceived back in the 1930s combine advanced watchmaking technology with timeless design features in a case measuring just 35 mm in diameter. Simple, unpretentious and perfect proportions: these are the qualities that have made the Portuguese one of the great classics to emerge from Schaffhausen.
The smaller version of the Portuguese was already available in platinum (limited edition), rose gold and steel, each featuring the typical silver-plated dial, embossed Arabic numerals and swallow hands. The platinum model is equipped with the automatic, 887/2 calibre movement, with a platinum weight on the bidirectional rotor behind the see-through sapphire glass back, a central second hand and date display.
The rose gold and steel versions are powered by a movement from the same family, the 891 calibre, likewise with a see-through back, featuring a small seconds at 6 o’clock – unusual in an automatic movement – and minus the date display.
Produced in a limited edition of 500 pieces, this platinum model features a blue dial, blue hand stitched crocodile strap and platinum clasp.
By contrast, the Portuguese automatic in stainless steel, with its black dial, see through back, black crocodile strap and stainless steel clasp was available as an unlimited edition.
The small fish on the crown indicates that both watches have been tested for water resistance to 30 m. Both watches feature a convex sapphire glass.