It’s very hard to find the perfect wetsuit. But I’ve found the one that feels luxurious on your skin and fits absolutely perfect and decided to share this piece of information with you.

But what’s even harder to imagine (especially among watch enthusiasts and collectors) is the fact that I love my IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser so much, I never, literally never, take it off my wrist. Not even when I go surfing.

Railway track chapter ring, appliquéd Arabic numerals, feuille hands: no other features express the unmistakable design cues of a typical IWC Portugieser so effectively. Really, no other. It simply retains the classic appeal of the legendary original Portugieser first manufactured in the 1930s.

The pawls, automatic wheel and rotor bearing in the legendary Pellaton winding system are made from extremely wear-resistant ceramic, while two barrels build up an impressive 7-day power reserve. The ergonomically optimized strap horns ensure greater comfort even on slimmer wrists. The Portugieser Automatic is available with a 42.3-millimetre stainless-steel case and black dial. Thanks to the slimmed-down rotor, a glance through the transparent sapphire-glass back reveals even more details of the IWC-manufactured 52010-calibre, such as the black ceramic pawls in the winding system or the Geneva stripe decoration. Need I really say more?

Yes, one is going to argue that this watch only has a water resistance of 3 bars. But this means that it can safely be submerged to a maximum depth of 30 meters. And I always intend to stay on the surface. Just like any sailor.

Portugal is the country of many great navigators and explorers, just think to Vasco da Gama, Bartolomeu Dias or Fernão de Magalhães – better known as Magellan – to name the most famous.

But this is not the origin of the Portuguese name for the famous IWC watch that was introduced in 1939 and that today is the most popular and recognizable IWC wristwatch.
The origin dates back to the end of the 1930s when two Portuguese businessmen – Rodrigues and Teixeira – operating in the watch industry visited the IWC Headquarters in Schaffhausen, proposing the development of a large stainless steel wristwatch housing a movement that could match the precision of a marine chronometer.
And a marine chronometer it is. And remains.

 

 

 

CREDITS

Photographer: Doya Karolini

Model: Jordana Ribeiro @AceModels

 

Jordana is wearing the “Kristiana” one-piece wetsuit by SALTBEAT, lipstick no.169 “Red Temptation” by Chanel Paris, and the all-black IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser (IW500703).

 

[Thank you to Moraitis Beach & Surf School for the hospitality.]