The highlight of the watch is that the in-house chronograph movement with chronograph hours and minutes displayed at 12 o’clock and including a flyback function. The caliber 89361 is a portion of their 89000 household of IWC movements, a few of which are observed in halo offerings like the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month. The calibre 89361 is fabricated in-house, supplies a 68-hour power reserve, and can be observed in all its Geneva-striped glory throughout the display caseback. The skeletonized and decorated rotor also helps show as much of the chronograph mechanism as you can for your owner’s seeing pleasure.On the other hand, we have a two-register design with running seconds at 6 o’clock and, unique to this movement, a joint totalizer for chronograph minutes and hours at 12 o’clock. The familiar way of displaying the hours and moments makes studying the elapsed chronograph time simpler and more intuitive. In the pictures here, for instance, the elapsed time would be 10 hours, 9 minutes, and 23 minutes. The dial is completed by means of a railroad track chapter ring, date window, applied Arabic numeral indexes, and tasteful minute and hour leaf-shaped hands.The colour of the indicators and hands disagree and are designed to contrast with the dial color. The rose-gold watch, of course, has golden hands and indexes. This shift is certainly an improvement and enhances the aesthetics and, even what’s more, the legibility of the dial.While the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic ships using an alligator leather strap, black to get stainless steel variants and brown for rose-gold, it’s likely to also pair well with more casual straps which makes it a versatile daily wearer that plays nicely with both formal and more casual attire.The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic watch isn’t an overhaul of its predecessor, but an update which brings more refinement and allows all of the design components to work together harmoniously. The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic is now available for a price of $12,100 for the two stainless steel versions and $20,100 for the increased gold variant.
As a German national who studied interior design at an English university, Christoph J. Grainger-Herr has an atypical profile for a watch brand CEO. Yet after graduating from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Interior Design and from the Hochschule für Gestaltung & Kunst in Basel, Switzerland, he worked for just two years as a project architect in Zurich before joining IWC Schaffhausen in 2006 in the trade marketing department.
Since then Christoph J. Grainger-Herr rose up through the ranks to head the trade marketing department, then the marketing department, before assuming the role of “Executive Brand Architect” and, later, “Associate Director Strategic Planning”. Over the past few years he took on roles in sales that positioned him as a successor to Georges Kern when the former CEO moved to the Richemont Group Headquarters as the new Head of Watchmaking, Marketing and Digital.