IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic Ref. 3565

Portofino Automatic is the entry level timepiece to the world of IWC Schaffhausen. Hours, minutes, seconds and a discreet date display, all powered by a solid mechanical automatic movement.

During this time, the Portofino Automatic has also grown slightly. For a long time, the case measured just 38 millimetres, but grew moderately in 2007 to 39 millimetres. And now, in 2011 – the year of the Portofino collection – this classic watch comes in a modern 40-millimetre case.

But the IWC designers, of course, did not stop there: they also addressed its shape. The rounded sides of the case now have an equal radius, which makes the Portofino Automatic look even slimmer. The gently flowing lines of the strap horns blend organically into the whole, giving the watch, in all its understated beauty, very well-balanced proportions. Its classical shape is reminiscent of the IWC models from the 1960s, without making it necessarily a retro design.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic

Milanese mesh bracelets were likewise highly popular in the 1960s. Milanese is the name used to describe bracelets made of tightly woven wire mesh, which are extremely robust but also fit snugly and comfortably around the wrist. At one time, bracelets like these were soldered directly onto the case.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic

However, with the new Portofino Automatic, the Milanese mesh bracelets and the fine alligator leather straps are secured to the watch using spring bars. This means that owners of the Portofino Automatic in stainless steel not only have the choice of a silver-plated or black dial, with a date display in a matching colour, but can also customise the watch with a strap or bracelet of their choice.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic

The Milanese mesh bracelets are available in three different lengths and can be adjusted to the wearer’s wrist in five-millimetre stages, guaranteeing a perfect fit.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic

The Portofino Automatic, in a red gold case with a silver-plated dial, featuring solid red gold indices and a VI and Xll in Roman numerals, offers a touch of exquisite luxury. Another attractive feature is the engraved view of the harbour of Portofino on the case back.

Technical details

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 40mm, Ref. 3565

Movement
Calibre: 35110
Frequency: 28,800 A/ h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: automatic

Case, Dial and Strap
– Stainless-steel case, black dial, Milanese mesh bracelet in stainless steel or black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
– Stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, Milanese mesh bracelet in stainless steel or black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
– Case in 18-carat red gold, silver-plated dial, dark brown alligator leather strap, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold

Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 9.5 mm

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