Hands-on With IWC Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition "Boutique Milano" 41mm Replkica

On the occasion of the opening of its third Italian boutique - after Rome and Venice - in the heart of Milan’s luxury shopping area, IWC Mens Replica introduced the new Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition "Boutique Milano" (Ref. IW371215), a 100-piece limited edition.

In some way this timepiece can be considered the successor of the Portuguese Rattrapante Ref. IW3712-14, a 300-piece limited edition created for the Italian market in 2006.

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition "Boutique Milano" Replica features, at 10 o’clock, the characteristic third button for the rattrapante mechanism.

Unlike a standard chronograph, the rattrapante or split-seconds chronograph has two hands that start simultaneously. The rattrapante hand, which is superimposed on the stopreplica watch hand, can be stopped independently using a third button at 10 o’clock, while the stopreplica watch hand continues to run. This permits the user to record two separate times, exact to the second, within any given minute. If the third button is pushed again, the split-seconds hand instantaneously catches up and is synchronised with the other hand.

Offering water resistance to 30 metres / 100 feet, the 41 mm x 12.5 mm red gold case frames a beautiful blue dial with tachymetric scale and telemetric scale. The latter is used to calculate the distance of an event (lighting, for example) based on the time interval from when the lightning is seen to when the sound is heard.

The hand-wound IWC-manufactured calibre 76240 beats at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and guarantees a power reserve of 48 hours.

The connection with Milan is emphasised by the back case incision evoking the "Biscione", the grass snake of the Visconti noble dynasty which became the symbol of the city during the Middle Ages. The back case also displays the individual number of each of the 100 pieces that will be produced.