In 1939 two Portuguese businessmen in the watch industry visited the IWC factory in search of technical accuracy of peak caliber. During their visit, they ordered wristwatches in steel cases with the precision of a marine chronometer. At the time, the only way for IWC to fulfill their demand was with a pocket watch movement housed in a wristwatch case. This IWC watch founded the Portuguese collection, which is comprised of a family of timepieces that continue to uphold the intricate mechanics and precision of the original.
One of the notable watches in the collection is the Portuguese Perpetual Calendar, which was released in 2003. This model showcases the newly innovated perpetual calendar mechanism. Just a few years later, in 2007, the Portuguese family was growing to include some of its popular styles, such as the Minute Repeater. 2010 was another 'Portuguese' year for IWC in which a number of captivating new products were released. At the forefront was the flagship of the series, the Portuguese Grande Complication, the first grande complication in the Portuguese family. Also introduced was the Portuguese Tourbillon Mystre Retrograde, which blends the logic of a date hand that reverts to its starting position and the enchantment of a floating tourbillon. The Portuguese Hand-Wound was also part of the watches released in 2010. This model bridges the gap between the classic Portuguese models and present designs. Also among the models released at this time was the Portuguese Yachet Club Chronograph, which is the first sporty style in the series. Each timepiece in the Portuguese collection has a common tie: they are precision navigation instruments designed for everyday use in the modern world.
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