In every awards show, there is sure to be an IWC Portuguese watch hitting the red carpet.
Featuring a perfectly round case and a spacious dial with Arabic numerals and a rail-track chapter ring, simplicity has always been the winning element of the IWC Portuguese — and that makes it a favorite among Hollywood’s leading men.
The IWC Portuguese has spawned numerous iterations over the years, ranging from time-only pieces to complex perpetual calendars, each with the clean Bauhaus design that watch fans have come to love.
Here are the stars who love their IWC Portuguese watches:
IWC Portuguese Chrono in Steel
The Portuguese Chrono is one of IWC’s most successful watches ever, and has been in the collection since 1998. It comes in a modest 41mm case and a slim profile, making it ideal for wearing under the cuff. It also features a beautifully laid out dial with two registers, simple Arabic numerals and slim feuille hands, effectively straddling the line between a dress and sport watch.
With vintage-inspired but modern leaning looks, the Portuguese Chrono has a design that just works. It proves that not all iconic watches need to have been produced in the 1960s and 1970s.
The stainless steel model keeps the price friendly and comes with a choice of a silver dial with gold or blue markers, and a stunning midnight blue dial. Chris Evans, Bradley Cooper, and John Krasinki have walked the red carpet with a steel IWC Portuguese Chrono.
Portuguese Chrono in Rose Gold
The Portuguese Chrono was eventually made available in an 18k rose gold case. This version comes with either a stark black or sunburst gray dial,with complementing rose gold markers and hands. Paired with a brown leather strap, each element of the IWC Portuguese in rose gold is deliberate and superbly finished.
We’ve seen NBA star Carmelo Anthony, actors Sacha Baron Cohen, John Krasinki, and Elizabeth Moss sporting the rose gold Portuguese Chrono.
IWC Portuguese Chrono Automatic
The Portuguese Automatic echoes the classic appeal of the original Portugieser first released in the 1930s. It features a balanced dial with two registers, in addition to the signature railway-track chapter ring, Arabic numerals and feuille hands. It also bears the legendary Pellaton winding system, made from extremely wear-resistant ceramic, and boasting a 7-day power reserve.
Adding to the appeal of the Portuguese Automatic is the transparent sapphire-glass back, which reveals its beautiful caliber. Actors Jason Bateman, Henry Golding, Sterling K. Brown, and Zac Efron all wear the IWC Portuguese Automatic.
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Moonphase
The Portuguese also comes in a Perpetual Calendar Moopnhase. With four subdials, IWC still managed to make the design feel comparatively uncluttered. The star of the dial is the moon phase at 12 o’clock, although it is not just an aesthetic work of art – it is extremely precise and diverges from the actual phase of the moon, by just 1 day in 577 years.
Dwayne Johnson wears the 18k rose gold model of the Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Moonphase, while Shia LaBeouf sports the platinum version.
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