IWC Schaffhausen Introduces 3 New Portofino Watches
The world’s finest watchmakers showed off their latest wares at the recent Watches & Wonders expo in Hong Kong and among the most lust-worthy creations were a trio of new additions to the Portofino collection by IWC Schaffhausen. Like previous Portofino models, all three have elegant, vintage inspired looks with streamlined, easy to read dials.
The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date is powered by the in-house Caliber 59220 with the additions of day and date complications. There are subdials for the day of the week at 3 o’clock, seconds at 6 o’clock, power reserve at 8 o’clock and date at 12 o’clock. All of those subdials fit nicely on the large 45mm dial.
The supersized date function is powered by a pair of synchronized disks while the day function has two advance fingers connected to the date advance mechanism. Visible through the clear sapphire caseback are the bridges of the movement, which are adorned with Geneva stripes. The Day & Date is available in stainless steel or rose gold with leather straps by the Italian shoemaker Santoni.
The Automatic Moon Phase 37 is a more basic model of the version that was introduced last year, which sported a diamond-set bezel. Diamonds are used more discreetly on the newer version, appearing only as markers on the dial which is made from mother-of-pearl in a nod to the seaside resort town of Portofino in Italy. The automatic Caliber 35800 is housed in a stainless steel case.
The most colorful new additions to the Portofino collection are the two Automatic 37 models with brightly hued Santoni straps of raspberry pink or cobalt blue. Both have the Caliber 35111 and are also available with a Milanese bracelet in stainless steel to match the case. These models are likely to appeal to the ladies with their sleek good looks.