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IWC Portofino Chronograph is the luxury watch that adds a sporty touch to the much sought after Portofino collection due to its exquisitely designed push-buttons that remind us of the cockpit of the classic ‘60s Italian sports automobiles. The Portofino is actually a tribute to the vintage years when style, extravagance and distinction were defining characteristics for the rich and sophisticated.
The IWC Portofino series was launched more than 25 years ago and its most distinctive elements were the classical case, the simple black or silver dials and the leaf-shaped hands. One of the newest versions offers a slightly more complex dial layout that inspires the same elegance and distinction as the vintage Portofino models. The white dial features two rectangular windows located at the 3 o’clock position. One shows the days of the week and the other one shows the date. These are placed one next to the other. Above there is the “IWC” name in black color and below it there is the name “SCHAFFHAUSEN” also in black.
This timeless design is beautifully complemented by three small dials. One is located at the 6 o’clock position and it includes indexes for 12 hours, the second one is located at the 9 o’clock position and it shows 60 seconds and the third one is located at 12 o’clock and it counts 30 minutes. On the main dial there are silver applied hour markers shaped as very slim and long lines except for the 12 and 6 o’clock indexes that are represented by Roman numerals.
Over this understated dial there is a convex sapphire crystal that is resistant to daily wear and scratches. Furthermore, the IWC Portofino comes with a Swiss made automatic movement that has a 44 hours power reserve. This extremely precise and durable mechanism is embodied by a 42 mm case manufactured from solid stainless steel that has been artfully finished and polished by skilled artisans.
The IWC Portofino is one of the most distinctive luxury watches on the market. Its dial is intricate, but refined. The polished applied stainless steel hands and markers match elegantly with the mild white dial, creating a spectacular duo. Intriguingly, the VI and XII indexes have been cut in two so the VI resembles more with a III and the XII with a VII. And despite the fact that the stainless steel case has been spectacularly designed with classy round shapes, our full attention is stolen by this gracefully constructed dial layout.
One of the best assets of the IWC Portofino is that it feels incredibly comfortable when it is worn. The watch comes with a luxurious brown crocodile strap that features a buckle and pin. Designed just like a vintage buckle strap and with a 2 mm thickness, this band is simply divine.
The IWC Portofino fascinates due to its perfect balance between simple classic shapes and complexly modern functionality. It suggests a fascinating bold personality that goes from vintage to contemporary in an instance. By all means, it is a timeless watch and wearing it is a truly lush experience.