It may not have the name recall of other Swiss brands with the same caliber, but IWC’s achievements through time cannot simply be ignored. Horology aficionados around the world have admired the company through the years for its commitment to put forth groundbreaking timepieces with high technical standards and to be one step ahead in design without compromising accuracy and precision. To the layman, one might appreciate the timelessness of IWC’s watches that never seems to have the desire to be in trend yet still looks elegant and appropriate for most occasions. For those just beginning to appreciate the esteemed brand distinguished with its leaf-shaped hands and lux designs, the Portofino collection is a good place to start.
IWC has refreshed its Portofino collection to make it more appealing while still retaining some of the vintage charm it exudes. Watches from the series have been inspired by the designs of the 1960s, sporting clear and uncluttered displays. With this restrained design comes a very elegant feel, found from the stainless steel case right to the luxurious leather strap or steel band, and awith reliable caliber to ensure the Portofino’s accuracy to boot.
With a timeless look and a highly recognisable build, the IWC Portofino Automatic stands out as an excellent tribute to the vintage pocket watch of a bygone era. Each Portofino Automatic holds a black, white, or blue dial and uses stainless steel or 18K 5N rose gold for its case.
Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days ref. 5101 is powered by the 59210 Caliber movement. Beneath the cases of the IWC Portofino and the Portugieser Chronograph are two very different watch movements. The Portugieser Chronograph ref. 3714 runs on the automatic IWC 79350 Caliber chronograph movement based on the Valjoux 7750, modified by IWC.
The IWC Portofino Chronograph can come with a white, black, or blue dial, and is housed in a 42mm case made from stainless steel or 18K 5N rose gold. The IW391027 Portofino Chronograph is an elegant timepiece with a sophisticated look. Crafted with the utmost care, it bears a clean and crisp design throughout its structure.
It operates at 28,800 beats per hour and offers a power reserve of 44 hours. The IWC Portugieser Chronograph operates at 28,800 beats per hour and offers a power reserve of 44 hours. In contrast, the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days ref. 5101 is powered by the hand-wound 59210 Caliber movement.