IWC Portugieser

This Stunning Chronograph Watch Supports a Good Cause


February 29, 2020 Watches By

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IWC’s Portugieser, originally developed in the 1930s, is one of the best-known chronograph lines in the watch world, and the brand has continually used it as the base for a range of iterations. The newest model is made for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (which IWC has supported throughout the years), and it’s the first time the Portugieser has taken the form of a “monopusher” chronograph.

In short, this is an attractive chronograph watch with a sunbrushed blue dial and a complicated in-house movement — and it’s supporting a good cause.

What is a monopusher chronograph? It’s a type of chronograph in which a single pusher is used to start, stop, and reset the chronograph, and it also allows for a cleaner look when it’s integrated into the crown. This isn’t the first time IWC has made a monopusher chronograph, but it’s the first time it’s been in the brand’s most iconic collection.

This particular limited edition of 500 examples calls attention to IWC’s role in the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which has a mission of making positive social impact through supporting sports initiatives. The case back features a drawing by 15-year-old Chinese participant Yi Xin.

The Portugieser’s monopusher chronograph is house in a 46mm-wide steel case and is powered by the in-house, handwound 59360 movement with a power reserve of no less than 8 days. The IWC “Laureus Sport for Good” Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition has a price of $16,100.

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