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The IWC Portugieser Range at Banks Lyon

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The epitome of haute horlogerie, IWC designs and manufactures watches recognised all over the world for their incredible precision, forward-thinking technology and elegant style. The classic appeal of IWC watches ensures they never go out of fashion, and their solid craftsmanship has allowed them to stand out from other luxury watch brands.

We’re the largest stockist of IWC watches between Glasgow and Manchester and are proud to sell such an admired and beloved brand at our stores. One of the collections we stock is the Portugieser, one of the brand’s oldest and most iconic family of watches.

A Brief History of IWC

In 1868, IWC was founded in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen by American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones; the company became the only Swiss luxury watch manufacturer to produce pieces in German-speaking Switzerland. Jones had help from qualified Swiss watchmakers, modern technology and hydropower sourced from the River Rhine. He invested in quality since the beginning and looked to infuse his own spirit of adventure into the watches.

For over 150 years, IWC watches have been handcrafted in the company’s workshops with stunning attention to detail and with precision engineering. IWC doesn’t compromise on design either, so all timepieces are stylish and wearable.

IWC’s affinity for pilot’s watches have led to the creation of the some of the world’s most precise movements; the striking craftsmanship in each watch has allowed the luxury brand to excel regarding form and function.

The company’s worldwide reputation for producing superb watches was cemented with the introduction of the Jones calibre movement; after this, digital hour and minute displays appeared in the IWC Pallweber pocket watches, and the well-known 64-calibre movement was used in their pocket watches near the end of the 19th century.

Quality is of the utmost importance to IWC. Each timepiece undergoes extensive testing, including impact, abrasion, UV rays and corrosion – this means that IWC enthusiasts can always be confident of the high quality of their watches.

The Swiss watchmaker is also committed to the continuous production of excellent mechanical watches, as well as to social responsibility and conservation. From using 100% renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions, IWC will carry on embracing pioneering horological innovations.

The IWC Portusieser Range

The IWC Portusieser watches, which originated in the 1930s, are legendary in the horological world for having set a high standard of craftsmanship. They’re named after a pair of Portuguese businessmen who requested a precise marine chronometer from IWC.

The Savonette pocket watch calibre 74 (or 98) was placed inside the case of a wristwatch; while the piece had an unusual size for the time, this creation helped to popularise the trend of larger wristwatches that can still be found today. The Portugieser entered regular circulation in 1993 and continues to be just as sought-after.

The range has had several different iterations over time, from simple pieces that only told the time to complex tourbillons. For example, the Automatic Portugieser is the original model which still remains just as popular to this day; the Chronograph pieces are refined, ideal for smaller wrists and perfect as a dressier sports watch. The stunning Perpetual Calendar model also comes with a double moon complication that diverges by just one day in 577.5 years.

This range is considered an everyday classic capable of elevating any outfit to new heights; it won’t overpower a look due to the understated and timeless appearance of the timepieces, but they draw the eye with an elegant simplicity that is difficult to match.

IWC Portusieser Watches at Banks Lyon

The Portugieser family is a sophisticated take on the sports watch. Every watch in the collection is not only suitable for everyday wear, but they’re also perfect as an heirloom as well, as the range is designed to withstand the test of time. With so many fantastic options, it can be challenging to purchase the right one for you. Below, you can find some of our favourite IWC timepieces, as well as what makes them so special:

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years” Watch

Simple and elegant, the Portugieser Chronograph is one of the most popular watches produced by IWC in Schaffhausen. This anniversary model – and style icon – comes with IWC’s in-house 69000-calibre family for the first time. Limited to only 2,000 pieces, this fantastic model features a stainless-steel 41mm case, a blue dial with a lacquered finish and rhodium-plated hands. The IWC-manufactured 69355 calibre is a robust chronograph movement designed in the classic column wheel and made up of 194 individual parts.

The blue dial offers a gorgeous contrast to the stainless steel of the case, a stylish choice that further ads to the sophistication of the piece. The bidirectional pawl-winding system offers a power reserve of 46 hours, and you can view the beautifully decorated movement through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback. The watch also has a water resistance of up to 30 metres.

A commemorative timepiece for gents that celebrates the best IWC has to offer. The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years” watch is available for £6,790 at Banks Lyon on 0% finance.

IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Watch

Considered the sportiest watch in the collection, the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph is powered by the formidable IWC-built 89361 calibre movement and is water-resistant up to 6 bars. This chronograph is just as sophisticated and stylish, featuring world-class sporty details that make it a must-have for gents who are passionate about life in the outdoors. The piece has a flyback function, an additional flange with a quarter-second scale for measuring short stop times and an analogue display for longer stop times on a subdial.

The 43.5mm case is made from stainless steel, and the rubber bracelet and clasp doesn’t detract from the elegance of the watch. On the contrary, despite it being a sporty model, it can still be easily worn as an everyday piece and not look out of place. This is also the only Portugieser watch to feature luminescent hand and indices, perfect for diving.

The watch has crown protection and features a slate-coloured dial decorated with a sun-patterned finish and uniform colour due to the flange. This chronograph is a luxurious option for the gent seeking a reliable watch capable of accompanying him on every venture.

You can find the IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph watch at Banks Lyon for £10,450 on 0% finance.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph Watch

One of the most popular watches in the Portugieser family, this model has been incredibly sought-after since 1998, as it was the first in the family to allow the wearer to stop time. The moderate 40.9mm case is perfect for those with slender wrists who still wish to enjoy the sophistication of IWC watches.

The dial is of striking simplicity; everything is integrated and organised harmoniously with the encircling precision scale. From the recessed totalizers to the embossed Arabic numerals, all details are balanced perfectly and come together beautifully on the face. The stunning 18ct rose gold of the case offers a stunning contrast to the dial, and the blue hands of the stopped times are a superb highlight as well.

The watch is also water-resistant up to 30 metres, comes with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and is powered by a self-winding automatic movement. The remarkable IWC Portugieser Chronograph watch is available for purchase for £13,950 at Banks Lyon on 0% finance.

Known for creating innovative, state-of-the-art pieces, IWC is synonymous with prestige and has a rich heritage and history. Visit our Lancaster and Kendal stores to see the fantastic range of IWC watches we stock on 0% finance; our friendly team will ensure it’s a truly unforgettable experience.