IWC Portofino Watches on LSMwatch.com
The Portofino line of watches was launched by IWC in 1984. One of the most defining features of the Portofino watch that makes the design so pioneering and special is the unusual placement of the small seconds and the moon phase display in positions of “9 o’clock” and “3 o’clock” respectively of the watch.
Keeping in line with their contemporary tradition with an eye toward the future IWC revised the case diameter of the Portofino watch changing it to 38mm.
In 2008, IWC celebrated its 140th anniversary with the release of the Portofino Hand-Wound watch from the IWC Vintage Watch Collection. The Portofino Hand-Wound watch paid homage to the original Portofino watch by featuring a front glass with a predominant arched edge, made of sapphire glass in place of Plexiglas. In 2011 IWC brought out two revised versions of the Portofino watch and one completely new version of the Portofino watch.
Through all the updates and revisions to the Portofino watch over the years one of the flagships of the collection has become the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days watch which featured an updated movement as well as a power reserve in the watch that runs precisely and reliably for eight days. A common feature found on many of the Portofino watches from IWC is the fine alligator leather straps from the world-renowned shoe manufacturer Santoni. The strap of each watch is finished by hand and distinctive for its exclusive patina-like shimmer that produces unique nuances of color to the strap of the watch. Several version of the Portofino watch feature a sportier design such as the Portofino Chronograph watch and the Portofino Automatic watch, both of these timepieces draw from the style of the 1960’s with stainless steel Milanese mesh bracelets, combining the strength of a metal bracelet with the comfort and suppleness of a leather strap on the watch. The aesthetic appeal of the watch is borne from a large clear dial which emphasizes the essence of a simplistic look in the watch. The classical themes of the watch are highlighted by the stainless steel, 18K rose gold, 18k white gold, or 18k yellow gold of the bezel on the watch which perfectly encompasses the dial of the watch that can feature several different colors patterns throughout the watch including black, white or brown. The hands on the dial of the watch usually consist of the same material as the bezel and many of the Portofino watches contain at least one complication, some models of the watch are time-only pieces while other display the date projected on the dial of the watch with the sapphire crystal glass shielding the case back of the watch or a second hand dial which sits inside the larger dial of the watch. The dial is equipped with the hour markers enhancing the style of the watch.
The Portofino watch collection gained immense popularity amidst the people who are passionate about the watch they wear.