The Portofino line has been the silent hero of IWC’s watch collections for over a quarter of a century and is the epitome of understatement, good taste and cultivated Mediterranean lifestyle. In much the same way that the picturesque harbour town of Portofino stands for the dolce vita of the 1960s, Portofino watches perfectly combine extravagance with simple elegance. With the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date (Ref. IW516101/IW516102), IWC Schaffhausen welcomes a new complication to a watch collection rich in tradition.
Despite its modest appearance, the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date comes with a generous portion of watchmaking sophistication. The date display at “12 o’clock” is an extremely useful and convenient complication and shows the date on two large, highly legible digits. This is achieved through two synchronized discs: the first of these shows the tens from 0 to 3, while the second shows the single digits from 0 to 9.
The perfectly choreographed interplay between the two discs is mastered by the IWC 59230 calibre, a further development of the 59000-calibre family that comes with this additional piece of technical wizardry. The contemporary movement design with its large bridges and plates is robust and reliable and was built to satisfy the demands of watch connoisseurs in the 21st century.
The new Portofino comes not only with a big date but also a good deal of staying power. When fully wound, the watch has a power reserve of 192 hours, or 8 days, during which it will run with maximum precision without the need for any external intervention. After that, the owner needs to supply the watch with renewed energy by winding the crown. There is, however, no need to worry about for getting: the power reserve display on the dial is a trusty reminder. The Portofino HandWound Big Date is available in white gold (Ref. IW516101) or red gold (Ref. IW516102), exclusively from IWC boutiques.
The Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date is available in white gold with a slate- coloured dial, rhodium-plated hands and indices and a black leather strap. The red-gold version comes with a silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands and indices, as well as a dark brown leather strap.
Renowned Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni, now run by the second generation of the family, Giuseppe Santoni, produces top quality leather straps exclusively for IWC Schaffhausen. The leather undergoes a complicated manufacturing process that gives it the patina and subtle gradation of colours characteristic of the brand’s products. The technique leaves the leather looking as if it had already enjoyed several years of use by a careful owner, although it is absolutely brand new. Another trademark Santoni feature is the orange coloured leather lining found on the inner surface of the strap. The aesthetics and appeal of the Mediterranean way of life are unified in this perfect union of watch and strap.
Mechanical movement, Hand-wound
8-day power reserve when fully wound
Indexless balance with 4 golden weight screws on the balance rim
Small hacking seconds
Large date window
Power reserve display
Available worldwide from IWC boutiques
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 8 days (192 h)
Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW516101: case in 18-carat white gold, slate-coloured dial, rhodium-plated hands and indices, black Santoni alligator leather strap, pin buckle in 18-carat white gold
Ref. IW516102: case in 18-carat red gold, silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands and indices, dark brown Santoni alligator leather strap, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
Glass: sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Back: transparent sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 45 mm
Case height: 13 mm