In the late 1930s, two Portuguese merchants commissioned the International Watch Co. of wristwatches that would guarantee the same precision of marine chronometers. At the time, this was only possible with a massive pocket watch. The watchmakers of International Watch Co. constructed a savonnette type pocket watch with a calibre 74, in which the crown itself was located on the right side, so on the inside of the case of a wristwatch.

Thus was born the first "large wristwatch". A technologically pioneering timepiece, because this segment of watches marked new standards in terms of precision due to the greater size of the balance, and aesthetically, because back then the finest watches had to have a rectangular Art Deco. Until the early 1980s they produced just a few hundred pieces. The new triumphant "Portugieser" came out only in 1993 and quickly became a classic.

To celebrate the opening of its third Italian boutique in Milan, after Rome and Venice, IWC has created a chronograph Portugieser Rattrapante in a limited edition of only 100 pieces (Ref. IW371215). Heir to a successful model the Portugieser Rattrapante Chronograph Edition "Boutique Milan" has the characteristic third button (located at 10 o’clock) for the split-seconds mechanism to stop the stopwatch and have a double chronometry. It mounts an IWC 76240 calibre, hand-wound with a power reserve of 48 hours.

It is available with a 41 mm case in red gold, with a blue dial with tachymeter and telemeter scale and black alligator leather strap with pin buckle. The sapphire crystal is antireflective on both sides. Along with the limited edition "01/100" the Swiss Maison, in order to emphasize its connection to Milan, has engraved on the back the snake emblem of the Visconti family that ruled the Duchy of Milan until the fifteenth century, and now is a symbol and emblem of the city

"We are honoured to officially inaugurate the boutique in Milan” - said Beppe Ambrosini, Brand Manager IWC – “the city that reflects luxury par excellence where everything is fast and dynamic, but still appreciates the time and the elegance of wrist watches."

Bedetti, official licensee of IWC, is waiting for you in their store in Piazza San Silvestro to show you all the novelties of the Schaffhausen brand.