Rebirth of the IWC Rattrapante

IWC Schaffhausen is launching three special limited-edition Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante watches dedicated to the cities of Milan, Paris and Munich. The Swiss watchmaking company is continuing a success story that began in 1995 with its first Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante. The timepieces are distinguished by a third push-button for starting and stopping the split-seconds hand. Beyond the capabilities of a pure chronograph, this also enables a second short period of time to be measured with down-to-the-second accuracy.

The Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Milano” Ref. IW371215 (see above), with a red gold case and blue dial, is limited to 100 pieces. Featuring a telemeterscale on the flange and a tachymeter scale on the inner circle of the dial, the elegant sports watch is secured to the wrist by a hand-finished black alligator leather strap.

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250 watches are being launched in the Edition “Boutique Rue de la Paix” Ref. IW371216 (see above), with a stainless-steel case, slate-colored dial and black alligator leather strap, and in the Edition “Boutique Munich” Ref. IW371217 (see below), with a stainless-steel case, blue dial and blue alligator leather strap. The display on these models is based on the original design of the Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante from 1995. The engravings on the backs of the watches show icons or landmarks from the respective cities. All three timepieces are driven by a hand-wound 76240-calibre movement with a power reserve of 44 hours.

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IWC introduced its first Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Ref. 3712 (see below) in 1995. The combination of the sporty double chronograph complication for simultaneously measuring two short periods of time and the elegant design of the Portugieser was a pioneering achievement. The model was last launched in 2006.

The Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Milano” is already available in the IWC boutique Milan. The Edition “Boutique Rue de la Paix” is available from this December in the IWC boutique Rue de la Paix in Paris, and the Edition “Boutique Munich” is expected to be available from Spring 2017 in the IWC boutique Munich. Watch enthusiasts can already register their interest in purchasing the watch via the IWC Concierge Service (

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