Besides the IWC Pilot watches that they are best known for, The IWC Portuguiser is the star of the brands collection. IWC often does interesting boutique only pieces.Recently IWC announced the release of the NEW Portugieser Chronograph Split Seconds Milano Boutique L.E ref#371215.
The IWC split seconds chrono has been out of production for about 10 years. This NEW watch is a representation of a rebirth. The design is very close to the current IWC Portuguiser Chrono except it has a split seconds function which is activated by a pusher at the ten o’clock position.
The NEW IWC Portugieser Chronograph Split Seconds Milano Boutique L.E is limited to 100 pieces for the world and is constructed out of 18k red gold. The case is 41 mm, The dial comes in the superb IWC blue, with hands and indexes matching the case. The back is engraved with the “Biscione”, the grass snake, of the Milanese Visconti family, the symbol and emblem of the city. Each watch will be numbered “01/100” The movement is the IWC Calibre 76240, with in-house rattrapante module – hand-wound – 48h power reserve – 28,800 vibrations/h – hours, minutes, small seconds, split-seconds chronograph. The strap is black alligator with red gold pin buckle. This watch will retail for 21,500 Euros (roughly $24,000 give or take).
All in all it’s a nice looking watch. I love that IWC brought back the Portuguiser split seconds. When I was in retail years back I used to sell this model in stainless steel. I love the upgraded blue dial and the contrast between the 18k red gold case. I think it’s a hell of a premium for a red gold case and extra complication to the regular portuguiser chrono in stainless steel even if it is limited.