IWC Portugaise Remontage Manuel

Par Florian Matrion, le 14 octobre 2010
Portugaise Remontage Manuel
Portugaise Remontage Manuel
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The brand from Schaffhausen offers us, through this new declination of its mascot model, the Portuguese, a watch of great classicism. I have tested it for you. Review.
Exclusive! review of the Portugaise Remontage Manuel. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
72/100
Note des internautes
77/100

Foreword

Having this IWC Portuguese Hand-Wound around the wrist is being in a carnal contact with a beautiful item, of a great purity and elegance.
This new declination is bigger than its predecessors. But it is still very desirable.

Created in 1936 at the request of two Portuguese merchants, the Portuguese collections travelled through the time without having aged.
Under the name Portuguese, one can find an amazing number of variations, from the simple 3-hand watch (hour/minute/second) to the Minute Repetiting.

 

An XXL dial for a featherweight

IWC follows the trend of big diameter watches.
But contrary to lots of watches, this IWC remains relatively thin and can easily go under the sleeves of a shirt with its 10,07 mm thickness.

 

In spite of its simple appearance, it catches the attention. And you will admire the leaf-style hands, the simple markers and the small seconds at six o'clock.

 

Even if one could prefer a 39 or 40 mm diameter, this 44 mm case will make the delight of the amateurs of huge diameters! They will be able at last to wear a smart watch without having the impression to wear a watch designed for the thin and delicate wrists of women.

You will paradoxically be impressed by the discretion of the watch as far as you will forget its presence quickly.

But you will understand better this mystery if you put it on a scales: 75 grams only...

A featherweight for a watch of that size!

 

 

A hypnotic dial

This watch is available in two versions: cream or black dial.
Its dial is hypnotic.

In spite of its simple appearance, it catches the attention. And you will admire the leaf-style hands, the simple markers and the small seconds at six o'clock.

The amateur of the brand or the purist may find that it is a pity that IWC did not write its name entirely in cursive script, such as on the vintage watches of the brand.

 

On this Portuguese, the movement is proportionate to the watch. What a pleasure!

A movement commensurate to the watch

Watches collectors have too often seen XXL timepieces driven by 30 mm movements...

In such cases, the manufacture uses either a full back to hide the whole or a ring (aesthetically not really pleasant) in order to fill in the gap between the movement and the case...

On this Portuguese, the movement is proportionate to the watch.
What a pleasure!

The transparent back lets admiring the finishing (pearled, sunray, Côtes de Geneve).

The literature is discreet. And you even have to “sift through” the movement a little to discover that the watch is settled to 5 positions.

After 30 minutes spent to dissect the caliber, a magnifying glass in front of the eyes, you will be happy not to find any flaws.

The hyper pernickety amateur, who has just been left by his wife and who just learned its imminent dismissal from the girl at the reception desk, might regret the absence of bevels on the teeth of the wheels for instance....

But the finishing of this manufactured caliber Ref. 98295 is of great quality.

 

Conclusion

Why do we love a woman rather than another? Why it is said of a woman that she is charming?
These questions are similar for watches.
We fall in love with them without understanding from where comes their irresistible charm.
It is what happened to me with this IWC Portuguese Hand-Wound...
With the numerous variations of the Portuguese, IWC has found a machine to produce some marvels!

 

The +:

  • a timeless design and an incredible charm
  • a comfort that is unusual for watches of this size
  • a movement proportionate to the case's diameter

 

The –:

  • a case that is a little too big (2 or 3 mm less, it would be perfect)
  • a watch that makes woman jealous

 

Further information:

  • journalist's wrist = 18 cm
  • brand website: IWC

 

For other “dress watches”,  see also: 

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Données constructeur

Marque
Modèle
Référence constructeur
Boîtier (matière)
Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
Mouvement
Calibre
Base calibre
Fonctions
Verre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
Entre-cornes
Longueur corne à corne
Hauteur boîtier
Etanchéité
Bracelet (matière)
Boucle (type)
Boucle (matière)
Poids total

L'avis de la rédaction 72/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
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Note des internautes 77/100

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