For the second time since 2008, IWC Schaffhausen pays tribute to Swiss boat builder Boesch. The elegant, sporty Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Boesch” (Ref. IW390504) will be available in a limited number.
With its mahogany-coloured dial, mahogany emblem and, on the inside of the glass back cover, a stylized ship’s propeller, the distinctively elegant sports chronograph makes several references to the craft manufactured by the exclusive boatbuilding company in the town of Kilchberg on the shores of Lake Zurich. The rugged strap is made of rubber with an alligator leather inlay that makes it particularly comfortable to wear. Available exclusively in Switzerland, the special edition is limited to 150 watches and can be purchased at official IWC retailers.
What started over 90 years ago with a passion for traditional wooden boatbuilding has developed continuously over four generations and established itself as the epitome of classic high-performance mahogany motorboats. Boesch boats are typified by the use of high-quality materials and are a perfect synthesis of form and function.
The robust IWC-manufactured, 89361-chronograph calibre with flyback function and analogue display of stop times longer than a minute on a subdial makes the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Boesch”, which is water resistant to 6 bar, an ideal companion for water sport enthusiasts. The white stopwatch hand, the flange with its quarter-second scale for measuring short stop times, and the luminescent seconds and hour hands and indices are an indication of the watch’s sporting qualities.
The screw-in crown, protective shoulders and the chronograph pushbuttons – the latter reminiscent of the bitts found on the deck of ships – underscore the special status of the Yacht Club Chronograph within the watch family. Despite its unusual role, the watch remains a dyed-in-the-wool Portugieser. With its clearly structured dial and classic railway- track-style chapter ring, simple Arabic numerals, and slender feuille hands, the latest model references central, style-defining elements taken from the original Portugieser unveiled in 1939.
About Boesch Motorboote AG
When Jakob Boesch took over the Treichler & Co. boatbuilding yard in autumn 1920 he laid the foundations for a wooden boatbuilding tradition that is still maintained today in the fourth generation. As a well-known brand specializing in traditional runabouts, Boesch Motorboote together with the other companies in the family-owned Boesch Group is pledged to the sustainable use of resources without neglecting the continuous development of its products. Prime examples of its commitment include the Boesch Horizon Gliding principle or horizontal, low-energy trim position, as well as the classic lines, of course, and the perfect craftsmanship. The company also focuses on training new generations of boat builders as part of its unwavering faith in Switzerland as a production centre.
Model: Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Boesch”
Limited edition of 150 numbered watches
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’ clock
Small hacking seconds
IWC-manufactured calibre 89361 Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Power reserve: 68 h
Case, dial and strap
Glass: Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant 6 bar
Diameter: 43.5 mm
Height: 14.5 mm
Case back featuring a mahogany inlay and a stylized ship’s propeller imprinted on the inside of the glass back cover
Black rubber strap with alligator leather inlay, folding clasp in stainless steel