the portuguese

possibly one of the nicer modern (currently available) dials on the market. note the seconds/minutes dials at 12 and 6 o’clock in vertical position. this is rare and requires the movement to be altered to accomodate. I am not generally a big fan of IWC, especially their branding image, but the potuguese stands on its own. it was named, in this last century, after 2 portuguese merchants who arranged for IWC to provide them with a wrist watch, containing pocket watch movements, which at that time was the closest thing to maritime chronometer quality. while accuracy was their paramount concern, its the design that keeps it modern to this day. The 79350-caliber movement with its rate of 28,800 beats per hour guarantees the legendary precision expected of a watch with a provenance in sea travel. however actual NYC users records, dif than those maritime users, proves that annual cleanings are needed at approx $600 a round to keep it ticking. approx 13k in white gold. by dd