Among the many distinguishing features of the movement, it is certainly worth mentioning the Pellaton automatic tensioner, which takes advantage of the two-way movement of the central rotor and translates it into a more efficient supply of energy to the mainspring. The movement has a power reserve of 46 hours - sufficient for today's standards. The balance wheel mounted on the half-bridge ticks at a frequency of 4 Hz, and the entire mechanism operates on 27 jewels and consists of 212 components, some fake watches of which are made of extremely wear-resistant ceramic. From the pure usage side, the 69355 is a very well-designed structure, easy to use operate and with a beautiful stopwatch that is operated by a column wheel. On the positive side, I definitely include the glass case back, because it's nice to see how the ticking works, and secondly, the mechanism is not ugly at all. In the price range of the IWC Portugieser Chronograph, you wouldn't normally expect fireworks when it comes to watchmaking aesthetics, but the watchmakers from Schaffhausen have their own style.
The caliber bridges were decorated with concentric Geneva stripes, the screw heads were polished and the base plate was decorated with careful pearlescent decoration. The central rotor is partially skeletonized and decorated with black-colored engravings. For as long as I can remember, I have been a big fan of the IWC Portugieser, especially the chronograph version. This is my favorite complication, and when solved with style it turns out to be particularly delicious. Theoretically, the mechanical stopwatch is of course a pure sports complication, which in my opinion absolutely determines its use only in sports watches. An example – the Portugieser Chronograph is the perfect one. I wore the tested model for about a dozen days and it was the first time I was able to experience this iconic watch for such a long time. First impression (and really every subsequent impression)? Exactly as I expected – this is not called an icon for nothing, virtually unchanged from IWC since its debut. Almost every element of the watch works perfectly with the rest, creating the perfect timepiece for everyday use and many, many more formal occasions.