IWC Schaffhausen – Portofino Midsize Automatic & Portofino Automatic

For 30 years, the classic elegance of the Portofino Automatic with three hands has held its own in times of ever-changing, short-lived fashion trends. With its new 37-millimetre Portofino Midsize Automatic, IWC Schaffhausen has made the company’s silent star more attractive to watch lovers with slimmer wrists. The ten models with their diamond-set bezels or dials will appeal to buyers seeking puristic design combined with timeless elegance. Three slightly larger Portofino Automatic models, also set with precious stones, perfectly complement the current collection.

When in 1984 a smaller version of the Portofino was presented to the public alongside the impressive “pocket­ watch­ style wristwatch” (Ref. 5251), it had what by today’s standards could certainly be described as modest dimensions, with a case diameter of just 34 millimetres. The Midsize models were highly sought after, especially in Latin Europe, and sold successfully until 2007.

Seen in this light, the new 37­millimetre Portofino Midsize Automatic models (Ref. 4581) launched in 2014 mark a return to a fine tradition for the Swiss watch manufacturer. The much¬ coveted three¬ hand timepiece now looks perfect on a slimmer wrist – all the more so when it is set with precious stones.

PORTOFINO MIDSIZE AUTOMATIC
The Portofino Midsize Automatic comes in four red gold and six stainless steel versions, each of which is available with a diamond set bezel or a slightly more understated variation with 12 jewels on the dial. The sparkling stones are of remarkable clarity and give the watches an exquisite feel, while the design remains sleek and simple.

The meticulously finished mirror polished case surfaces also lend these timepieces a real air of exclusivity, as does the sun pattern finish on the dials, which makes the light appear to move around in circles when the watch is tilted from side to side. Another eye-catching feature on the new Midsize models is the slightly raised inner circle on the dial – as seen on some members of the Ingenieur family – which adds structure and depth to the watch face.

In addition to the hour, minute and seconds hands, the Portofino Midsize Automatic also features a rapid advance date display. All of these functions are powered by the 35111­calibre mechanical automatic movement. Pulling out the crown stops the central hacking seconds hand, and the sapphire glass has antireflective coating on both sides to guarantee a clear view of the display. All Portofino watches are tested for water resistance to 3 bar.

Alligator leather straps from Santoni in delicate nuances of colour complement the dial and case of nine of the models perfectly, while reference IW458110 features a Milanaise mesh bracelet. Each timepiece is also available with an elegant 1960s style Milanaise bracelet in high quality stainless steel or 18­carat red gold. “Milanaise” is the name used to describe bracelets woven from fine wire that fit snugly around the wearer’s wrist.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre 35111
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW458101:stainless­steel case, silver­plated dial set with 12 diamonds, light brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458102:stainless­steel case, slate­coloured dial set with 12 diamonds, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458110: stainless­steel case, slate­coloured dial set with 12 diamonds, Milanaise mesh bracelet in stainless steel
Ref. IW458103:stainless­steel case set with 66 diamonds, silver­plated dial, dark brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458104:stainless­steel case set with 66 diamonds, slate­coloured dial, grey alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458109:stainless­steel case set with 66 diamonds, silver­plated dial, red alligator leather strap with pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW458105: case in 18­carat red gold, silver­plated dial set with 12 diamonds, orange alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Ref. IW458106: case in 18­carat red gold, slate­coloured dial set with 12 diamonds, dark brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Ref. IW458107: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, silver­plated dial, lilac alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Ref. IW458108: case in 18­carat red gold set with 66 diamonds, slate­coloured dial, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold

Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 37 mm
Case height: 9 mm

PORTOFINO AUTOMATIC
Launched in 2011, the Portofino Automatic (Ref. 3565) with a 40­millimetre case and date display will now be joined by three additional models in the new collection, each one featuring a bezel set with precious stones and an alligator leather strap from Santoni. With the red­ gold model, the buyer has the choice between a silver­ plated (Ref. IW356515) or slate­ coloured (Ref. IW356516) dial.

The Portofino Automatic in white gold (Ref. IW356514) is available exclusively with a silver­ plated dial. The mechanical 35111­calibre automatic movement has a power reserve of 42 hours. The case, which is water­ resistant to 3 bar, is decorated on the back with an exquisite engraving showing a view of the harbour at Portofino.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre 35111
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW356514: case in 18­carat white gold set with 72 diamonds, silver­plated dial, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in white gold
Ref. IW356515: case in 18­carat red gold set with 72 diamonds, silver­plated dial, black alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Ref. IW356516: case in 18­carat red gold set with 72 diamonds, slate­ coloured dial, dark brown alligator leather strap with pin buckle in red gold
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 40 mm
Case height: 9.5 mm

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