We’re bringing you some special complications in this week’s drop, and the rattrapante, or split-seconds complication, holds a special place in my heart. I still remember the feeling of childlike wonder I had when trying on one of these perfect fake watches many years ago. While appreciating the engineering feat behind a mechanical watch often means taking a look through an exhibition caseback, the rattrapante complication needs none of that. It may look like a plain ol’ chronograph, but wait – there’s more!
Start the chronograph, press the 10 o’clock pusher, and observe as another chronograph seconds hand appears out of thin air, holding time in place as the main seconds hand chugs along. As you watch these two hands stop and reset, you’ll immediately understand how cool this watch is.
Split-second movements are often complicated both in idea and execution, but the manual-winding caliber 76240 inside of this IWC Portugieser fake with silver dial is an exercise in simplicity. Developed by Richard Habring, later responsible for the dead-seconds complication in the Habring² Erwin Massena Lab 02 Limited Edition in this week’s drop, the Cal. 76240 takes the workhorse chronograph movement that is the Valjoux 7750 and adds a split-second module on top.
It’s truly an exciting solution to traditional rattrapante complexity, not only for manufacturing but also for servicing. Just last month, Richard Habring’s personal prototype of the IWC Portugieser ref. 3712 replica uk went up for auction at Phillips and blew the “rattrapantes” off of the estimate (pun very much intended), serving as a testament to the historical and horological significance of this very model.
In addition to the mesmerizing movement, what I love so much about this watch is its similarity in appearance to the classic IWC Portugieser Chronograph fake with steel case. It’s clean, versatile, and unmistakably IWC, but with a twist.
From a distance, it might look like the same watch (someone with a keen eye might spot the additional pusher at the 10 oclock position), but the magic of this luxury copy IWC Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante is tucked away behind the main chronograph hand, ready to be summoned at the push of a button. Split off to check out this watch right here before it’s gone – there won’t be seconds!