SIHH 2011: IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Watch

Jan 19, 2011

For more than a quarter of a century now, the Portofino watch family has held a firm place in the collection from IWC Schaffhausen. It is not only the entry-level model to the exclusive world of IWC watches, but also the epitome of a classical wristwatch for individuals with style. In the same way that the picturesque harbor town of Portofino stands for the dolce vita of the 1960s, Portofino watches are a combination of rare beauty and simple elegance.

Thanks mainly to its technological sophistication, the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days (Ref. 5101) has established itself as the flagship of the Portofino family. Its reputation is founded not so much on outward appearances but internal values: ticking away inside the case is the new IWC-manufactured movement from the 50000-calibre family. With its 37.8-millimeter diameter, the 59210 calibre is the same size as a pocket watch movement, but its design is incomparably more modern. The contemporary movement design, with its large bridges and plates, is highly robust and reliable, and designed to meet all the exacting demands of watch devotees in the 21st century.

Despite its undisputed elegance, the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days is a watch designed for everyday use, not least because of its incredible stamina: it will run for precisely 192 hours – that’s 8 days – without any external help. Just how long the watch will continue to run before its owner needs to wind the movement can be read off from the power reserve display on the dial. IWC’s designers have remained true to the classical Portofino style, not only in the circular case with its smooth, flowing strap horns, but also in the design of the dial. The placing of the displays – small seconds at “6 o’clock”, date at “3 o’clock” and power reserve between “8” and “9” – ensures that the dial layout is finely balanced. The red gold Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days comes with a slate-colored dial, which likewise features indices made of solid red gold. There is also a choice of two models in steel, with either a black or silver-plated dial.

Movement: Manual, IWC Caliber 59210, 37.80 mm in diameter, in-house, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, power reserve indicator, date
Power reserve: 192 hours (8 days)
Case material: 18-carat rose gold or Stainless steel
Bezel material: 18-carat rose gold or Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Dial: Silver plated or Black (Stainless steel version) or Slate (Rose gold version)
Numerals: Roman
Hands: Gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Leather by shoemaker Santoni
Crystal: Sapphire
Case back: Sapphire

The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Watch will be available at King Jewelers Miami and Nashville in late 2011. For more information, please visit www.iwc.com and www.kings1912.com.

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