IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012

IWC just launched a special edition of the Portuguese Yacht Club model for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. And you still have the chance to win a trip to the Volvo Ocean Race in Miami. 

The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 features some details, which have not yet been used in the ‘normal’ Portuguese Yacht Club collection. Its case, measuring 45.5 mm,  is made of titanium (!!) and it has a black carbon fiber dial with unique markers.  And IWC still makes beautiful photos…

In my previous post I already mentioned the chance to win a money-can’t-buy experience you can win. IWC offered the change to win a trip to one of the two Volvo Ocean Race stages, a Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph and a VIP visit to the Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing boat and private meet-and-greet with the team.

The first winner already went to the first Volvo Ocean Race stage in Alicante (Spain), but the contest is still open until March 16 2012, and offers you the chance to be present at the Volvo Ocean Race stage in Miami. Click here to enroll the contest!

Let’s have a look at the movement, which is very interesting. IWC’s caliber 89361 is a fly-back chronograph that measures times up to 12 hours. This is especially handy for sailing races, when longer times have to be measured than possible on most normal chronographs. Because of the fly-back function, the chronograph can be started immediately after it has been reset.

Here are the specifications of this special edition Portuguese Yacht Club:

  • Mechanical chronograph movement Calibre 89361
  • Stopwatch function with hours minutes and seconds, hour and minute counters combined in a single totaliser at 12 o’clock
  • Small hacking seconds
  • Flyback function
  • Date display
  • Beats: 28,800/h
  • Jewels: 38
  • Power reserve: 68 h

The titanium case measures 45.4 mm in diameter, is 14.5 mm thick and comes on a black rubber strap with folding clasp. Sapphire crystal on two sides and the one in the front has antireflective coating on both sides. The case is water resistant up to 6 bar or 60 meters deep. That should be more than enough for some one who plans to stay on board ;-)

For more information, check the IWC website.

Frank Geelen

Frank Geelen is an expert on Haute Horlogerie and his horological heart beats faster from beautiful hand-finished mechanical movements. He loves to explain all technical details of complications like tourbillons, minute repeaters, constant force escapements and column-wheel chronographs and he has been doing that for more than seven years. Besides publishing daily here at Monochrome Watches, Frank also writes for several other publications, both online and offline.

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