For Watches & Wonders 2020, IWC Aquatimer 2000 IW358001 has taken the chance to drastically overhaul the basis Portugieser lineup with a vast variety of new models, variants, and colorways. While these new iterations vary in the sedate to the magnificent, possibly not one of the models is as viscerally remarkable as the limited-edition flagship IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph. Offered in two separate colorways, this new version adds some authentic haute horlogerie complications to the timeless Portugieser design.
The design of this new flagship begins with a hefty 43.5millimeter case measuring a complete 16mm-thick. When this goes against some of the tasteful aesthetic the Portugieser lineup has cultivated over the years, with a massively complicated motion it is difficult to fault. This new instance is offered at IWC Replica scratch-resistant 18k Armor Gold for the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Boutique Edition, while the non-boutique Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph is cased in shining platinum.
Both versions of the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph are paired with an elegant blue strap by Santoni, with the standard model using alligator leather for a classic and dressy look, while the more dramatic Boutique Edition is mounted on a suitably striking woven leather model.