Before we proceed to review from the IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714 replica watch, Let me say a couple of words on why this watch is really important, and why this watch is really special in the middle of collectors and within the collection. One factor that IWC enthusiasts have known recently would be a certain insufficient consistency within the collections.
The Watch Case
Former Chief executive officer Georges Kern’s strategy ended up being to renew a whole collection each year. Because of this, watches that may have grown to be classics were rapidly replaced, something which may lead many people to think these were more disposable goods or products than lengthy-lasting, timeless luxury products.
The case from the IWC Portugieser Chronograph replica watch is exactly like the case from the watch launched twenty years ago, itself a derivation from the 3712. As the base idea of the Portugieser was to possess a pocket watch movement fitted in the large case, the 3714 Chronograph is a little more reasonable about this side, more commercial maybe, having a case that measures only 40.9mm, talking about the diameter from the case itself, and not the bezel.
Such as the original, the bezel is nearly non-existent. Very thin, formed just like a reversed cone and developing a massive window around the dial, the Swiss replica IWC Portugieser Chronograph combines the very best of all possible worlds: enhanced comfort of the relatively small watch using the experience of getting a sizable piece around the wrist.
Having a height of 12.6mm, the case can also be pleasantly thin to have an automatic chronograph, even though not especially compact in writing, 47mm lug-to-lug, the form from the case feels safe and well-balanced, even on smaller sized wrists. When it comes to construction, there exists a round central container with integrated lugs on the top which the bezel is bound. The screwed caseback is domed to soak up a few of the thickness from the movement helping the timepiece look thinner too.
The Watch Bezel
The finishing comprises polished areas, the surface of the lugs, sides from the bezel, crown and pushers, and brushed surfaces, horizontal along the side of the case and vertical among the lugs. Altogether, the case from the replica IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714 is fairly impressive. It’s neat, precisely adjusted and put together, refined on all surfaces, something I wasn’t expecting before getting this watch within my hands.
Additional features really are a convex azure very, a non-screwed crown that’s big enough to become easily manipulated, and short, wide mushroom-like chronograph pushers, simple to operate but instead stiff when pressing them, of course with Valjoux-powered watches. The IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714 watch replica is water-resistant against 30 metres only, which can be among the primary issues I’ve with this particular watch.
Thinking about the maritime inspiration, IWC should enhance the water-potential to deal with 100 metres, for additional versatility. However, for that rest, the case is just perfectly performed. As the case from the 3714 makes concessions to comfort and daily usability having a smaller sized diameter compared to original concept, the dial of the watch is faithful to its ancestor.
There’s no denying it, the replica IWC Portugieser Chronograph is really a true Portugieser. While adding a chronograph function is not entirely using the marine chronometer inspiration, IWC has were able to keep your simplicity and optimal legibility from the original Portugieser intact.
The Watch Dial
The good thing about this watch is the fact that, though it may be operated by a Valjoux movement, you barely begin to see the footprints from the mechanics within the display. The 3714 only features two sub-counters and dispenses using the date window to provide a balanced and sleek dial, with all of indications put on the 12-to-6 o’clock axis, that is, actually, a mention of the old marine chronometers.
Aside from both of these sub-registers, the dial from the 3714 pays tribute towards the early Portugieser models, using its Arabic numerals, its leaf-formed hands and the lack of any unnecessary features. Certainly, there’s a little bit of literature around the dial, emblem at 3 o’clock and Chronograph Automatic at 9 o’clock, however, once more, well-proportioned and well-positioned.
The version we’ve for review, Ref. 371446, features the all-time classic silver-plated dial, which you almost certainly know in the other type, with golden indices and hands. The dial is polished, except for the sub-registers which are recessed and adorned having a snailed pattern. The color is a lot more lively within the metal compared to official photos suggest.
Slightly iridescent having a metallic feel, it plays a great deal using the ambient light. Thus, it may be warm or cold, white-colored or silvery with respect to the conditions. About this version, all of the indices, numerals and hands are blue. On the other hand, with respect to the ambient light, they alter from almost black to some vibrant, intense blue shade.
The primary hands, hrs and minutes, are leaf-formed and provide an excellent contrast towards the silvery-white-colored dial. The execution is, once more, precise and delicate. Another hands tend to be more simple in design, particularly the very thin central chronograph hands. Yet, studying passed occasions remains easy.
The Arabic numerals, a signature aspect of the replica IWC Portugieser watches collection, can be found here, slightly elevated over the primary plate from the dial. They provide an enjoyable experience of depth and animate the dial. Finally, as being a chronograph, IWC has produced yet another seconds track, that is printed around the inner flange, no tachymeter or pulsometer scale here, because they are not highly relevant to the initial concept.
The Watch Movement
As the majority of you may know, the important thing element towards the ease of access from the Swiss replica IWC Portugieser Chronograph 3714 watch is based on its easy movement. Surprisingly, IWC did not give to the siren requires a manufacture movement within this watch, aside from the 150th-anniversary Ref. 3716 special edition launched captured. The 3714 still depends on Valjoux 7750 architecture, although extensively modified.
If this premiered in 1998, the Ref. 3714 was outfitted using the Calibre 79240, which was substituted around 2007 for that current Calibre 79350. Apart from the finishing and also the bridges which are now rhodium-plated rather of gilded, the movements are similar. Below, that old 79240 around the left and also the current 79350 around the right.
What ought to be underlined would be that the base movement continues to be extensively modified to satisfy with IWC’s standards. First, the display differs the 12-hour counter continues to be removed and also the small seconds sub-dial placed at 6 o’clock. Also, the date mechanism continues to be entirely removed, no ghost position around the crown. Finally, the Calibre 79350 features 31 jewels, rather from the 25 jewels on the 7750, proof of all of the modifications performed around the movement.
Finally, a few of the parts happen to be upgraded to some greater quality, particularly the escapement, the total amount and also the hairspring to provide better chronometric results. All of those other specifications overlap with other 7750 movements: 4Hz frequency, 44h power reserve and also the typical shaky experience of the oscillating weight for action.
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