IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Automatic 40: The icon returns in a compact automatic model

IWC Schaffhausen introduces the Portugieser Automatic 40. The iconic Portugieser design featuring a dial with small seconds at 6 o’clock returns in a compact 40mm diameter, expanding on the existing collection.

Date March 25, 2021
Author Sincere Watch

IWC Portugieser Automatic 40 IW358306

A neatly organised open dial with small seconds at 6 o’clock is a design idiom of IWC’s Reference 325.

First debuted in the late 1930s, the IWC Portugieser Reference 325 has become an iconic timepiece in the history of watchmaking. Its classic design idiom: a neatly organised open dial with small seconds at 6 o’clock. This has been a common thread throughout the history of the Portugieser watch family ever since its conception. Identical design elements later appeared virtually unchanged in the the Portugieser anniversary edition (Ref. 5441), the Portugieser Minute Repeater (Ref. 5240), the Portugieser F.A. Jones Limited Edition (Ref. 5442) and the Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days (Ref. 5102).

This timeless yet modern design returns to the collection in a new automatic model with a compact case diameter of 40mm. Powering the heart of the Portugieser Automatic 40 is the IWC-manufactured 82200 calibre. The sturdy high-quality automatic movement has a Pellaton winding system with components made of virtually wear-free ceramic, allowing it to build up a power reserve of 60 hours. A sapphire glassback provides an excellent view of the decorated movement. A newly developed butterfly folding clasp makes it such that the watches are even more comfortable to wear.

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About IWC Schaffhausen

Over its 150 year history, IWC Schaffhausen has developed a reputation for creating functional complications, especially chronographs and calendars, which are ingenious, robust, and easy for customers to use. A pioneer in the use of titanium and ceramics, IWC today
specialises in highly engineered technical watch cases manufactured from advanced materials, such as titaniumaluminide and Ceratanium®. Preferring the principle of “form follows function” over decoration, the Swiss watch manufacturer’s timeless creations embody their owners’ dreams and ambitions as they journey through life. Shop all IWC Schaffhausen watches here.

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