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Continental complications: The limited edition IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante collection

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Continental complications: The limited edition IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante collection
IWC Schaffhausen launches a trio of Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante watches dedicated to the cities of Milan, Paris and Munich

Go metropolis-hopping with IWC Schaffhausen's Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante as the watchmaker rolls out an haute horlogerie itinerary featuring Milan, Paris and Munich in a trio of timepieces. With a design code that melds sporty and stylish, these limited edition double chronographs embody the Swiss manufacture's pioneering spirit, coupled with that classically sleek countenance that has made it a perennial crowd-pleaser since its inception in the mid-nineties.

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Rattrapante

Easily distinguished by its third push-button that controls the split-seconds mechanism, each watch is backed by a hand-wound calibre 76240 movement that propels the duo stopwatch hands of the smaller dials centred within a 40.9mm watch face. Able to measure two short periods of time simultaneously, the lug at 10 o'clock stops the needle of the upper indicator while the lower hand continually rotates until the regular stop button at 2 o'clock is pushed. And even as the split-seconds function is activated, synchronising both smaller pointers to the chronograph hand requires but a secondary depression of the rattrapante push-button — an ease of use exemplary of IWC Schaffhausen's watchmaking traditions.

Dressed in polished combinations of dials and cases that include red gold juxtaposed with a blue watch face — the Boutique Milano model — or a slate-coloured dial highlighted by a stainless steel frame for the Boutique Rue de la Paix version, the limited edition Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante collection is perfect for the wanderlust souls who love their horology.

The Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition 'Boutique Milano' and 'Boutique Rue de la Paix are available at their respective boutiques in Milan and Paris, limited to 100 pieces of the former and 250 pieces of  the latter.

The 'Boutique Munich' will be available from spring 2017 in the Munich IWC boutique. Interest can be registered via the IWC Concierge Service. 

Angelyn Kwek

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