Prestigious Swiss watch manufacture IWC Schaffhausen welcomes a new member to its classic Portofino line, which offers elegant mechanical timepieces featuring minimalist design and discreet elegance. The new model – Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic – celebrates the art of understatement with its own distinctive charm and style.
The Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic (Ref. IW511101/IW511102) dispenses with any form of embellishment and was designed, purely and simply, to show the time of day. It also radiates composure and an undiluted aesthetic. It has a traditional, arched-edge front glass, which not only makes the 43.5-millimetre diameter of this harmonious model seem smaller than it actually is, but also gives the watch a classic, balanced appearance.
In order to make the overall impression as discreet as possible, it has omitted seconds hand and even the power reserve display has been moved to the back of the watch, where it can be seen through the sapphire-glass back.
The IWC hand-wound 59060 calibre that ticks inside offers precision timekeeping and autonomy up to 192 hours or 8 full days when fully wound. Two large bridges conceal the rear of the movement almost entirely, leaving just the balance on view. This contemporary watch design guarantees an impressive level of robustness and reliability.
The upper bridge serves as a bearing for the barrel, the differential and the winding mechanism, while the lower bridge fulfils the same function for the power reserve display and conceals the train-wheel bridge below. All bridges are exquisitely decorated with Geneva stripes. The movement also features an indexless balance, which has four golden weight screws on the balance rim to facilitate precision adjustment. As is standard for most modern watch movements, it oscillates at a frequency of 4 hertz, or 28,800 beats per hour. Like the Breguet spring bent into shape in using traditional watchmaking techniques, this also helps to make the watch extremely precise.
The Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic in red gold (Ref. IW511101) sports a silver plated dial and gold-plated hands and indices as well as a dark brown leather strap.
The stainless-steel version (Ref. IW511102) is available with a silver-plated dial, rhodium- plated hands and indices and a black leather strap. The high-quality straps are made exclusively for IWC Schaffhausen by renowned Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni, now run by the second generation of the family in the form of Giuseppe Santoni.
The Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic is available in an unlimited edition exclusively at selected IWC boutiques.
Model: Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic Ref. IW511101 •IW511102
IWC-manufactured calibre 59060
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 8 days (192 h)
Indexless balance with 4 golden weight screws on the balance rim
Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW511101: case in 18-carat red gold, silver-plated dial, dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
Ref. IW511102: case in stainless steel, silver-plated dial, black alligator leather strap by Santoni, pin buckle in stainless steel
Glass: sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Diameter: 43.5 mm
Case height: 12 mm
See-through sapphire-glass back
Power reserve display on the reverse side of the watch