Schaffhausen, December 16, 2014-The Portofino series has always been a modest gentleman in the IWC family. With the increasing variety of member watches, the Portofino series has become a star series that countless watch fans have been paying attention to with its simple design and low-key elegance. A new addition to the collection is the Portofino hand-wound minimalist classic watch, which perfectly interprets the subtle beauty in a charming style.
This is a masterpiece of succinct simplicity: two hands, winding by hand-no more redundant. The design is simple and beautiful, and the dial is clear at a glance. True elegance is an art of choice. Portofino manual winding simple classic watch (model: IW511101 / IW511102) discards visual stimuli and takes reading time as the core element. The watch gives a deep sense of tranquility, showing the pure beauty of horology. The design of the arched edge mirror makes this watch with a diameter of 43.5 mm not only look small, but because it uses a traditional glass mirror, it shows the classic harmony of the shape. In order to make the watch’s overall image more subtle and elegant, the designers set the power reserve display on the back of the watch, which can be read through the transparent sapphire glass back.
Superb craftsmanship and traditional design
IWC-manufactured 59060 manual-winding self-made movement has always been known for its long-lasting power: full winding can ensure a full 192 hours, which is 8 days of accurate travel time. Two large-sized bridges dominate the back of the movement, covering the entire movement except the oscillating weight. This design is uniquely modern, while making the movement extremely rugged, accurate and reliable. The upper bridge carries the barrel, the differential mechanism and the winding device; the lower bridge carries the power reserve display mechanism and covers the gear bridge below it. All bridges are decorated with delicate Geneva stripes. The movement is also equipped with a balance wheel without a trimmer, and the fine adjustment function is realized by four gold trimmer screws on the rim. The vibration frequency of the balance wheel is the same as that of the conventional modern movement, which is 4 Hz, which is 28800 times per hour, plus the Breguet hairspring bent and shaped according to the ancient watchmaking tradition, ensuring that the time of the watch is accurate. Portofino manual winding simple classic watch in red gold (model: IW511101) with silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands and scales, and dark brown alligator strap; stainless steel model (model: IW511102) with silver-plated dial, plated Rhodium hands and indexes and black alligator strap. The strap is of exceptional quality, from Santoni, a well-known Italian top shoe manufacturer, which is now managed by the second-generation heir Giuseppe Santoni. Under complicated processing procedures, leather is given a distinctive color and has a unique retro appearance. Leather made using this process looks like it has been carefully used for several years, but is actually brand new. Another feature of Santoni is the orange leather lining on the inside of the strap. The mediterranean style and charm contained in the watch is vividly demonstrated by the perfect craftsmanship of the watch itself and the strap. The Portofino hand-wound simple classic watch is now on sale at IWC stores worldwide.
Balance wheel without trimmer, 4 gold trim screws on the wheel rim
Power reserve indicator at the bottom of the table
Transparent sapphire glass
IWC-manufactured movement: 59060
Vibration frequency: 28800 times / 4 Hz
Gems: 30 pieces
Power reserve: 8 days (192 hours)
Winding up manually
Model IW511101: 18K red gold case, silver-plated dial, dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni, 18K red gold pin buckle
Model IW511102: stainless steel case, silver-plated dial, black Santoni alligator strap, stainless steel pin buckle
Mirror: Double-sided anti-reflective arched sapphire glass
Water resistance: 3 bar
Diameter: 43.5 mm
Case thickness: 12 mm