When I think of IWC watches, I usually think of their pilot watches and I’m not the only one, most of my friends think the same thing. The IWC Schaffhausen Portofino watch line rarely gets mentioned, although it has been in production for over 25 years. This year IWC plans on making it the star of the Baselworld 2011 show (SIHH).
The latest edition Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days (ref. 5101) is an extremely beautiful watch with classic looks and a clutter-free modern design. The watch dial is very clean-looking with gold hands and markers, featuring a date window at the 3 o’clock position, a small sub-dial for seconds at the 6 o’clock position, and a power reserve indicator between the 8 and 9 o’clock markers. As the name would suggest, the watch comes with an eight day (192 hour) hand-wound power reserve.
The elegant IWC Portofino watches come with 37.9 mm diameter movements and will also be available in dual time (ref. 3610), chronograph (ref. 3910), and simple automatic (ref. 3565) models. The watches are available in steel case with silver or black dials and gold case with slate dials. To complete the sophisticated look, the IWC Portofino watches are equipped with brown leather straps made by Italian luxury shoemaker Santoni.