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Watches & Wonders 2020: WC Schaffhausen presents the Portugieser Automatic 40
A neatly organised, open dial with small seconds at 6 o’clock: IWC’s Reference 325 in the late 1930s established a classic design idiom that has run as a common thread through the history of the Portugieser family ever since. Identical design cues later appeared virtually unmodified in 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).
Now the timelessly modern design returns to the collection in a new automatic model with a compact case diameter of 40 millimetres. Ticking away inside the PortugieserAutomatic 40 (Ref. 3583) is the IWC-manufactured 82200 calibre. The robust, high-quality automatic movement has a Pellaton winding system with components made of virtually wear-free ceramic, which builds up a power reserve of 60 hours. A sapphire glass back provides an unimpeded view of the decorated movement. Four versions are available in 18-carat 5N gold or stainless steel. A newly developed butterfly folding clasp on the stainless steel models makes them particularly comfortable to wear.
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The blue dial would be my pick.
This is a good choice for those who want a smaller diameter and automatic winding. The lack of 'Automatic' printed on the dial and the lack of a date are positives in my opinion. I also like that the movement has some skeletonisation to it so that you can...