IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase

The 2014 Portofino collection sees the return of the most beautiful of all functions – the moon phase display. In creating the new Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase, IWC’s designers have taken inspiration from the elegance and flair of the 1950s and ’60s and combined this with a distinctly modern take on luxury. The moon phase display – a feature which harks back to the original Portofino from 1984 – sees the moon imaginatively set in a classic cloud scene or hovering in space in a star-studded night sky.

The Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase is available in five versions: one in white gold (Ref. IW459004), three in red gold (Ref. IW459002/IW459003/IW459005) and one in stainless steel (Ref. IW459001).

Much like the Roman numerals, feuille hands and convex front glass, the moon phase display is an integral part of the Portofino watch line’s identity. It featured in the very first Portofino unveiled in 1984. This model was produced in very small series until the late 1990s, with no change in the design during this time. The Portofino Hand­Wound from the 2008 IWC Vintage Collection delighted connoisseurs with a display showing the moon in its various phases.

Every single model features an exquisite collection of diamonds and the finest materials. With a moderately sized 37­millimetre case, water­ resistant to 3 bar, the Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase also has the ideal dimensions for a more slender wrist. The hands and moon phase display are powered by the 35800­calibre automatic movement. The phase of the moon shown in the display can be adjusted using a correction button at “2 o’clock”. The central seconds hand is stopped using the crown and the sapphire glass has an antireflective coating on both sides.

The Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase in white gold (Ref. IW459004) is the flagship of the new Midsize collection. The dial is the first in IWC’s history to feature several meticulously applied coats of lacquer. The jet­black colour provides a striking backdrop to the pure white diamonds.

Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase, Ref. IW459004: case in 18­carat white gold set with 90 diamonds, black
lacquer dial set with 84 diamonds, black alligator leather strap with
pin buckle in white gold

For the first time ever, Schaffhausen’s watch designers have set the complete moon phase display against a star­ studded night sky, making the stars appear to float in infinite space. It is an evocative image that is further enhanced by the diamond­ encrusted inner circle of the dial and in the case, which is set with 90 precious stones. The baton­style indices, set with precious stones, radiate like a starburst from the centre of the dial, while the dots of the minute markers move round the edge like distant planets in orbit. Each one of the 174 stones on the dial, bezel and horns appears perfectly positioned, allowing the opulence of the decoration to blend seamlessly into the timepiece’s luxurious style. The watch is fitted with a black alligator leather strap made by Santoni.

IWC’s watch designers have chosen flawless, gently shimmering mother-of-pearl in white (Ref. IW459001/IW459002/IW459005) and black (Ref. IW459003) for the dials of the red gold and stainless steel versions of the Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase.

Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase, Ref. IW459002: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, white
mother ­of­ pearl dial set with 12 diamonds, black alligator leather
strap with pin buckle in red gold

The subtle, smooth lustre of the mother-of-pearl underscores the clean design of the watches and gives the dials a magnificent sense of depth, bringing them to life. A bezel set with 66 diamonds completes each piece with a fitting elegance.

The colours for the dial, case and strap have been carefully selected to give a sense of balance to each timepiece. The white mother-of-pearl on the stainless steel model provides a wonderful counterpoint to the blue of the moon phase display, making it appear even larger.

Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase, Ref. IW459001: case in stainless steel set with 66 diamonds, white
mother­ of ­pearl dial set with 12 diamonds, dark blue alligator leather
strap with pin buckle in stainless steel

This colour is also perfectly complemented by the dark blue of the Santoni alligator leather strap. A classic moon phase display features on the three red gold versions, with the moon rising and setting behind the clouds.

Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase, Ref. IW459005: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, white
mother­ of­ pearl dial set with 12 diamonds, Milanaise mesh bracelet in
red gold

The red gold model with white mother-of-pearl dial is paired either with a black Santoni alligator leather strap or a red gold Milanaise mesh bracelet to match the case.

Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase, Ref. IW459003: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, black
mother­ of­ pearl dial set with 12 diamonds, dark brown alligator
leather strap with pin buckle in red gold

The black mother of pearl dial truly brings out the sparkle of the diamonds on the hour indices of Reference IW459003. This model is supplied with a dark brown strap. A Milanaise mesh bracelet is also available as an option for the stainless­ steel and the other red­gold versions.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre 35800
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial and strap  
Ref. IW459001: case in stainless steel set with 66 diamonds, white mother­ of ­pearl dial set with 12 diamonds, dark blue alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW459002: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, white mother ­of­ pearl dial set with 12 diamonds, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Ref. IW459005: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, white mother­ of­ pearl dial set with 12 diamonds, Milanaise mesh bracelet in red gold
Ref. IW459003: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, black mother­ of­ pearl dial set with 12 diamonds, dark brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Ref. IW459004:case in 18­carat white gold set with 90 diamonds, black lacquer dial set with 84 diamonds, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in white gold
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter:  37 mm
Case height: 11 mm

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