IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Summer Edition, Ref. IW390507
You don’t hear much about big summertime watch releases, really. Summer, for the northern hemisphere at least, falls relatively close to Baselworld (which is typically March every year), but far enough away from the holiday season that most brands kind of run out of steam in the summer, and try to schedule the release of their Baselworld novelties for around summertime as a result (see: the Tudor Black Bay GMT released at Baselworld 2018).
IWC, on the other hand, have an ace up their sleeves with the release of the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Summer Edition. This 43.5mm diameter stainless steel chronograph is a part of the Portugieser (or Portuguese, depending on who you ask) collection, and is meant to blend the refined elegance of the more standard Portugieser models with the sportiness needed to be captaining your very own yacht. Designed to be versatile, the entire line truly is, but this particular version has been given a blue dial and red chronograph seconds hand in order to emphasize further the intended sportiness of the piece.
IWC Caliber 89361 Powering the Yacht Club Summer Edition
Source: Fratello Watches
Powering this new Yacht Club Chronograph is the IWC in-house cal. 89361 movement, an automatic chronograph movement with a flyback function, a 68 hour power reserve, and a sapphire crystal display back gives a glimpse at the uniquely designed rotor featuring the IWC signature Pellaton winding system. It’s a proven workhorse movement, being featured in all of the Portugieser Yacht Club models, and makes perfect sense here as well.
When it comes to pricing, there is no difference between the Summer Edition and the more standard Yacht Club Chronograph models – both retail for $12,100, and availability will be announced in the near future.
I love blue watches. Seriously, my list of grails consists of the Rolex Milgauss Z-Blue, the F.P. Journe Chronometre Bleu, and the Omega Speedmaster Moonphase in Rose Gold with, you guessed it, the blue dial. The Petit Prince models of the IWC range have always been my favorites, especially in the world of the Pilot watches (both Big and small). So yeah, I’m a bit biased towards a blue timepiece, especially one that really understands how to make a blue-dialed chronograph super functional – contrast colors on the subdials, and make the chronograph function hands red. It worked on the Heuer Monaco, and it works just as well here. If you ask me, the blue rubber strap is the thing that puts it over the edge. Absolutely in love. I’m not sure if it’s worth $12k, but I’d be interested to see how it does on the second-hand market and the grey market once it is released.