The IWC Portugieser Chronograph has the 30-minute chronograph counter at 12:00 and the continuous seconds at 6:00. Thankfully, we are spared the date window here. If you’re a lover of the new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic published a little while ago, you’ll notice that this gloomy dialed sibling doesn’t have the unique moment and hour totalizer at 12:00. This, combined with the steel caseback is a sign that IWC has shrunk to its Valjoux 7750-derived caliber 79350. This is a peculiar and seriously unsatisfactory choice given the superb in-house grade 89361 they have available.The caliber 79350, as a modified Valjoux 7750, is a capable movement and provides 42 hours of power reserve at 28,800bph, but it’s more of an instrument watch movement. What makes this choice even more perplexing is that the IWC Portugieser Automatic is powered with the grade 52010, which is an IWC in-house layout that offers 7 days of power book via two barrels, working at 28,800bph. As a guideline, if a brand launches a time-only along with a chronograph collectively within the same line, then I expect the moves to be of a similar provenance and for the chronograph to become priced higher.The great news for people who enjoy the Portugieser look but have been put off by the purchase price tag for its in-house chrono movement, is that this blue dialed, 7750-powered sibling is nearly half the price. Both these watches will be routine production and accessible through all stores, stores, and IWC’s recently revamped e-store. IW500710) and Portugieser Chronograph (Ref.
On 12 November 2017, in Geneva, Sotheby’s auctioned the one-of-a-kind IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”, which was sold for CHF 38,000. A portion of the proceeds of this auction will benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, in order to boost its expansion into the USA and reach its goal of offering training and educational projects to even more young people throughout the world.
This auction in Geneva was the fifth IWC has carried out in cooperation with Sotheby’s Geneva. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, helping it to establish itself on the North American continent. It is no coincidence that the foundation is aiming to cross the Atlantic. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry himself had a strong connection to America: he flew a Lockheed P-38 Lightning on multiple occasions and wrote his story “The Little Prince” in New York.