When it comes to Portofino series of IWC, the first thing that comes to mind should be its simple, classic appearance, elegant and restrained. The Portofino series’ simple appearance and uncomplicated watch functions can be said to be the cornerstone of the entry of the IWC brand. Perhaps it is necessary to enter the world of the Portofino.
The source of Portofino’s design can be traced back to 1953. A 380 model of that year, a simple three-pin, half-teardrop lug, was officially released in 1984. Predecessor. The first Portofino watch 5251 is equipped with a Cal: 9521 pocket watch movement, which makes the watch case diameter of 46mm and also has a moon phase display. But after that, the case of the Portofino series began to shrink.
In 1988, at the 120th anniversary of the founding of the IWC brand, the Portofino Model 2532 was introduced with its exquisite design and elegance. This watch is crafted in a gold case with Roman numerals. In the same year, the Portofino 3731 model with a hybrid Cal.631 movement was launched. Although its timing device consists of 233 parts, the thickness of the movement is only 3.8 mm. In 1993, IWC launched the Portofino manual-winding watch (model 2010). Its ultra-thin movement is only 1.85 mm thick. The thinnest watch in the IWC family has been selling until 2005. In 2007, a mechanical chronograph also joined the Portofino watch series.
Portofino manual winding eight-day power reserve watch
In 2011, it was a year of Portofino. In the Cal.59000 series of self-made movements with an eight-day power reserve, a manually wound movement stood out and entered the advanced watchmaking Pinnacle: The Cal.59210 movement in the Portofino manual-winding eight-day power reserve watch is powerful and only needs to be wound once a week.
This Portofino basic model (model: IW356504), with a 40mm 18K rose gold case and a thickness of 9.5mm, is definitely suitable for the wrist size of most male wearers.
The milky white dial has the right layout to make it clear when reading. The slender Roman numerals and stick-shaped hour markers, as well as the willow hands, are made of 18K rose gold. The black transfer minute dial on the outside, 60 minutes is interpreted by red numbers, also adds a beautiful color to the dial. In addition to the time display, there is only an additional function of the date display, three hands and a date window, which is no less, just right. This may be the charm of the Portofino watch.
The case is entirely polished.
The crown is operated in two steps, the date is adjusted in one step, and the time is adjusted in two steps. Because the case is thin, it is easier to operate.
If it is safe and simple, it must be a pin buckle.
The back of the watch is engraved with a delicate pattern of Portofino harbour views. It is equipped with Cal.35111 movement, which is based on Sellita SW300 and provides a 42-hour power reserve.
Summary: Simplicity and classic, this is the secret of Portofino automatic watch’s success over the years. Three hands and a date window, no more, no less, just right, this is a symbol of elegant and restrained taste. If you are an introverted and pursuit of quality of life this is definitely your best choice.