In 1993, the 125th anniversary of the founding of IWC, the brand took the opportunity to launch a large-sized watch Ref.5441 also equipped with a pocket watch movement, which also represents the official birth of the “Portuguese” series. In 1995, IWC introduced Ref. 3712, the first time for a Portuguese watch with a timekeeping function. The replica IWC Portuguese chronograph continues the three iconic design elements of the Portuguese series in appearance, Arabic numerals, willow hands, and curved lugs. The difference from antique Portuguese watches is that Arabic numerals have changed from flat printing to the current three-dimensional scale, which has a stronger sense of hierarchy and a higher cost.
One of the most beautiful places in IWC Portuguese chronograph replica that is known for its timekeeping is that its hour markers and hands are treated with blue, and with a white dial, it can be described as “cool and elegant”. Even the sapphire crystal has been treated with blue anti-glare coating, shaking the wrist can see the faint blue light and shadow. What’s even more beautiful is that the scales and hands are actually mirror-polished before being processed in blue. So under different angles and light, the scale and pointer will cause the shade of blue to change due to the reflection. Sometimes it is a calm dark blue, blue to black, and sometimes it is blue, bright and transparent.
The technology of the hands is the traditional baking blue. The surface of the steel is oxidized and discolored with a temperature of 590 °. The reason for the difference is that it is a difficult challenge to maintain the same blue color for the 12 special-shaped digital three-dimensional scales in replica IWC Portuguese Chronograph mass production. Although IWC uses two different specific processes for hour markers and pointers, fortunately, there is not much color difference between the two.
The layout of our common chronograph on the dial is usually as follows: the small dial at 9 o’clock, the small dial at 3 o’clock, and the large seconds at the center. Such a design is actually not in line with the aesthetics of modern consumers, because the seconds hand at 9 o’clock is constantly moving, which is particularly attractive. But this focus point is not on the symmetrical central axis, but on the left side of the entire dial, which leads to left-right imbalance. In addition, the second hand of the basic small three-hand watch is usually at six o’clock. Many watch friends have formed a reading habit. Now they have changed to the left nine o’clock position, which is very unaccustomed.
Although replica IWC Portuguese chronograph used the ETA 7750 movement, it does not mean that it is not good. Of course, it is undeniable that when IWC selected this movement, it must take into account that its cost was lower than the self-produced movement, but this was also an important reason for the success of the Portuguese chronograph series. Portuguese chronographs have achieved great success. The mystery is that the positioning of this watch by IWC was very accurate at the beginning-“low-priced mid-end brand mechanical chronograph”.