When IWC debuted a redesigned Portugieser Chronograph Classic in 2013 with Ref. 3904, it did so well after SIHH that year, when the brand focused attention on its much broader Ingenieur re-launch. Four years later, IWC has again tweaked the storied Portugieser Chronograph Classic with Ref. 3903, with what it calls an ‘updated’ design, an attribute that at first glance seems like a strange direction for a watch named Classic.
But fear not. IWC has merely neatened up the typical Portugieser railway-track-style chapter ring by removing the seconds subdivision, and at the same time has covered the dial with a slightly more dressy convex sapphire crystal. In a related move to a cleaner design, IWC also removed the red accents from the combined chronograph subdial at the 12 o’clock position and has slimmed the hands a bit. Inside you’ll still find IWC’s own caliber 89361 chronograph flyback with the long 68-hour power reserve.
IWC will offer three versions of the new Portugieser Chronograph Classic. One, the top-of-the-line, features an 18-karat red gold case and a silver-plated dial, golden hands and appli¬qués. It is fitted with a hand-finished brown alligator leather strap. Two models are available with a stainless-steel case and a black alligator leather strap. One features a silver-plated dial and blue hands and appliqués while the other has a very nice blue dial and rhodium-plated hands and markers. Prices: $20,100 (gold) and $12,100 (both steel models).
Specifications: IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic
MOVEMENT: Mechanical chronograph IWC caliber 89361 with flyback function, date and time indication. Chronograph hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock. Small hacking seconds, sapphire caseback, Frequency 28,800 bph
CASE: 42mm red gold or steel, 14mm thick, water resistant to 30 meters.
Ref. IW390301: 18-karat red gold case and appliqués, silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands, brown alligator leather strap
Ref. IW390302: Stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, blue hands and appliqués, black alligator leather strap
Ref. IW390303: Stainless-steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, black alligator leather strap