INTRODUCING: IWC Portugieser Chronograph Year of the Dragon (Ref. IW371629)
The Schaffhausen Manufacture fetes the Lunar New Year with auspicious colours and a hidden dragon.
Among the Chinese zodiac animals, the dragon stands out not only for its mythical origin but also for its profound symbolic significance. Primarily associated with authority, wisdom, and good fortune, it is often depicted as benevolent beings in Chinese art, literature, and folklore. With a long, winding body, the dragon is believed to traverse the heavens, linking the mortal world with the divine to bring forth blessings and ward off evil. Therefore, there is little wonder why we’re seeing a bounty of watches celebrating the upcoming Lunar New Year, each bearing unique interpretations of the celestial creature. IWC is one of the latest watchmakers to join in the festivities with its Portugieser Chronograph Year of the Dragon (Ref. IW371629), which is decked out in prosperous colours and hiding the auspicious animal for the owner’s private enjoyment.
Looks-wise, the new watch bears a striking resemblance to the Portugieser Automatic 40 Edition Chinese New Year (Ref. IW358315) that celebrated the Year of the Rabbit in 2023. Just a smidge bigger than its forbear at 41mm, the Portugieser Chronograph Year of the Dragon is also presented with a stainless steel case framing an alluring burgundy dial with gold-plated leaf-shaped hands and appliques – a combination of colours conveying good luck and wealth. However, in contrast to the dressy Portugieser Automatic 40, this year’s model is imbued with a vibrant sportiveness as the brand astutely chose to house it in the Portugieser Chronograph instead.
As Peter Lao, Managing Director of IWC Schaffhausen China, shares, “Since 1998, the Portugieser Chronograph has embodied the dynamic, sporty side of IWC Schaffhausen’s acclaimed Portugieser collection. Thanks to the dial layout with the vertically arranged counters and the quarter-seconds precision scale, it has become one of our most coveted designs. We are convinced it is a fitting model to welcome the Year of the Dragon.”
The Portugieser Chronograph Year of the Dragon is driven by the IWC-manufactured 69355 calibre, a robust and accurate self-winding movement featuring a column-wheel design and an efficient bidirectional pawl-winding system. Beating at 4Hz and endowed with a 46-hour power reserve, it can be admired via a sapphire crystal caseback, through which it reveals a hidden highlight of the watch – the gold-plated winding rotor is shaped like a finely crafted five-clawed imperial dragon. Adding another layer of significance, the caseback ring is engraved with the words “2024 YEAR OF THE DRAGON”.
Limited to 1,000 pieces, the Portugieser Chronograph Year of the Dragon is delivered with two strap options – black calfskin and burgundy rubber – so one can dress it up for the office or dress it down for the weekend throughout the year. Whichever strap you choose, a matching butterfly clasp ensures optimal wearing comfort. Priced at S$14,500, it is available immediately through IWC boutiques, authorised retail partners, or online at IWC.com.
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