News and Events June 2, 2003 admin
New Model Press Release – Portugieser Rattrapante
First off, let me state my personal thanks and those of all Timezoners to Messrs. Kern and Friedberg who so graciously allowed us access to these images and text well before the show launch.
Portuguese Split-Second Chronograph
Always on the button
There will soon be double the choice for the popular Portuguese Split-Second Chronograph. A new dial variation and a variant in yellow gold will enhance the impressive range with its three buttons.
A sportsman in evening dress is probably the best way of describing the Portuguese Split-Second Chronograph. A powerful, reliable movement has been fitted in an elegant case. Customers previously had a choice between the stainless steel model (Ref. IW371201/02) and the rose gold variant (Ref. IW371203/04). Both watches stand out with their silver-plated dial and Arabic numerals. The hour, minute and small second hands are golden, and the second stop, minute stop and split-second hands are blued. This use of colour to demarcate the functions lends clarity to the dial.
The first new addition to this range, the Split-Second Chronograph in yellow gold (Ref. IW371211), is also equipped with this dial and hand configuration. The Portuguese Split-Second Chronograph is now available for the first time in rose gold with a black dial (Ref. IW371210). In this case it was decided to dispense with the use of colour to demarcate the hands and to use rose gold hands exclusively in the interests of elegance.
At least every two days, but preferably every day, the Split-Second Chronograph asks its wearer for help, as the 76240 calibre with 28 800 beats per hour is a hand-wound movement. When fully wound, it will run for 48 hours. This movement, as the name already suggests, possesses not only a chronograph function, but also a patented split-second mechanism for measuring intermediate times.
The word “rattrapante” comes from French and derives from the verb “rattraper” (meaning to catch up with). This is how the mechanism works: starting the stopwatch mechanism causes the second stop hand and the split-second hand to run directly above one another. Actuation of the third button at 10 o’clock causes the second stop hand to stop. You can now read the intermediate time, while the stop time continues to run. Pressing the button again causes the split-second hand to jump to the position of the second stop hand, as it were catching up with it. So much sporting appeal in so many elegant outfits: where else could you find that?