IWC – Portugieser Automatic – IW500114
Since its debut in 2004, the Portugieser Automatic with date display has become one of the most successful Portugieser models ever to come from Schaffhausen. The balanced dial design, with its appliquéd Arabic numerals, railway-track-style chapter ring and slender feuille hands, retains the classic appeal of the legendary original Portugieser, first manufactured in the 1930s. Its spiritual roots reach all the way back to the voyages of discovery undertaken by the Portugieser seafarers. The voluminous IWC-manufactured 51011 calibre integrates all the finest features ever to grace an automatic movement, such as the highly efficient Pellaton winding system and a 7-day power reserve. Since 2010, the Portugieser Automatic’s 42.3-millimetre case has been available in warm-toned, 18-carat red gold. The appliqués on the silver-plated dial are likewise made of red gold. The steel model with its silver-plated dial (like the earlier steel versions) was fitted with rose-gold-plated hands, numerals and hour indices: luxury befitting of a watch model so much in demand. The Portugieser Automatic in 18-carat white gold and the other steel models complete the collection.