Luxury Sport Watch of the Year: IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph

Mar 24, 2010

The winner of King Jeweler’s Luxury Sport Watch of the Year as released at the SIHH 2010 show hosted in Geneva during late January, IWC triumphs with release of the Yacht Club collection back in the iconic Portuguese case. The 45.4mm Yacht Club Chronograph is the first sporty IWC model in the Portuguese family and houses IWC’s manufacture caliber 89360. Its chronograph permits the recording of aggregate times of up to twelve hours on the common counter for the minutes and hours and can be reset to zero via the flyback function at any time while running, so that it is instantly ready to start measuring a new time.

Built for sea duty, a screw-in crown and crown protection help protect against the elements, and the case offers 6 bar water resistance. Consistent with the sporty theme, this watch has luminescent indices and hands – a first in the Portuguese family.

The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph is available in three variants: 1) steel with a silver-plated dial, rhodium-plated luminescent hands and appliqués; 2) steel with a black dial, silver-plated flange and rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, also luminescent; 3) 18 carat red gold with a slate-colored dial with a sun pattern ground finish, subtly contrasted by the black small seconds display circle and the black ring for the aggregate minutes of the chronograph. This model is distinguished additionally by gold-plated hands and solid red gold appliqués. All three variants are worn on a black rubber strap with a folding clasp. The sapphire-glass back offers a clear view of the IWC-manufactured movement with double-pawl winding.

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Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Specifications

Movement: Calibre 89360

– Beats: 28,800/h
– Jewels: 40
– Power reserve: 68 h
– Winding: automatic

Glass: sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides

Back: see-through sapphire-glass back

Crown: screw-in

Water-resistant to 6 bar

Diameter 45.4mm

Height 14.5mm

The IWC Yacht Club Chronograph is priced at $12,600 in steel and $23,100 in red gold (USD). The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph will be available at IWC boutiques in June. King Jewelers is proud to offer the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph collection in September, but will allow collectors a first-hand glimpse at King Jewelers IWC Watches” href=”http://www.kings1912.com/browse.cfm?type=1&brands=31″ target=”_blank”>King Jeweler’s Nashville Watch Fair to be hosted April 23rd and 24th at King Jewelers in Green Hills, TN. For more info, visit King Jewelers” href=”http://www.kings1912.com/” target=”_blank”>http://www.kings1912.com/ or www.iwc.com.

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