IWC Schaffhausen Portofino New Edition

IWC Schaffhausen has unveiled reinterpreted editions of their signature Portofino line for 2019. The women’s collection welcomes five smaller models, with an innovative strap change system, whilst six additional watches join the men’s line.

Portofino has been one of IWC’s most high-profile families ever since its first launch back in 1984. Named after the idyllic Italian village where the jet set summers, the line was – and remains – imbued with a spirit of casual glamour. For men and women, and by day and by night, a Portofino watch is at once sophisticated and subtle. Signature elements, like the sleek style and uncluttered dial, remain just as popular with consumers today.

IWC Portofino Automatic 34, Ref. IW357406: 18-carat 5N gold case with 92 diamonds, silver-plated embossed dial with 12 diamonds, gold appliqués and gold-plated hands, black alligator leather strap by Santoni

2019’s new Portofino watches for women are some of the smallest across IWC’s entire portfolio. With a reduced diameter of 34 millimetres, the five new models hark back to the very first Portofino collection which had similarly-sized timepieces for slender wrists, and are available in either in 18-carat 5N gold or stainless steel cases, with silver plated, blue, or green dials, all of which feature diamonds on the case or dial.

IWC Portofino Automatic 34, Ref. IW357404: Stainless-steel case, blue dial with 12 diamonds, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, Milanaise mesh bracelet in stainless steel

This versatility extends to the inventive strap design, which allows the wearer to customise their watch to their look. A small tool accompanying each product makes it easy to swap between different 12 different strap options – crafted by leather goods maker Santoni – offered in an array of vibrant, hand-coloured shades, in addition to a Milanese stainless steel mesh bracelet.

Portofino’s line for men has been refreshed for this year too, and welcomes six new models to its selection. Arguably, one of the most exciting is the Portofino Automatic Moon Phase, which will be the first to combine a 40mm case diameter and a moon phase complication.

IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase, Ref. IW459401: Stainless steel case, silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands and appliqués, brown alligator leather strap by Santoni

Thus far only appearing in 37mm or 45mm models, this new size will be available in two stainless steel variations: one with a silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands and appliqués and a brown alligator leather strap by Santoni, the other with a blue dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués and a black alligator leather strap by Santoni.

IWC Portofino Chronograph, Ref. IW391035: 18-carat 5N gold case, blue dial, gold appliqués and gold-plated hands, black alligator leather strap by Santoni

The 2019 launch also includes new versions of the Portofino Chronograph and the Portofino Automatic with blue dials. Both designs will be available in either 18-carat 5N gold or stainless steel, with gold appliqués, gold-plated hands and black alligator leather straps by Santoni.

IWC Portofino Automatic, Ref. IW356522: 18-carat 5N gold case, blue dial, gold appliqués and gold-plated hands, black alligator leather strap by Santoni

All five of the new Portofino men’s references are now available worldwide. The remaining six women’s references are exclusively available in IWC boutiques and authorised IWC retailers in China and Hong Kong, arriving in boutiques throughout the rest of the world by October 2019.

Technical details

Model: Portofino Automatic 34
REF. IW 357406 / IW 357401 / IW 357404 / IW357405 / IW357403

Functions
Central hacking seconds
Quick change system for easy change of the strap

Movement
Calibre 35100 Mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: Self-winding

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW357406: 18-carat 5N gold case with 92 diamonds, silver-plated embossed dial with 12 diamonds, gold appliqués and gold-plated hands, black alligator leather strap by Santoni
Ref. IW357401: 18-carat 5N gold case, silver-plated dial with 12 diamonds, gold appliqués and gold-plated hands, burgundy alligator leather strap by Santoni
Ref. IW357404: Stainless-steel case, blue dial with 12 diamonds, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, Milanaise mesh bracelet in stainless steel
Ref. IW357405: Stainless-steel case, green dial with 12 diamonds, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, green alligator leather strap by Santoni
Ref. IW357403: Stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial with 12 diamonds, gold appliqués and gold-plated hands, dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistance: 3 bar
Diameter: 34 mm
Height: 8.7 mm

Model: Portofino Automatic Moon Phase, REF. IW459401 / IW459402

Functions
Central hacking seconds
Moon phase display

Movement
Calibre 35800 Mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: Self-winding

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW459401: Stainless steel case, silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands and appliqués, brown alligator leather strap by Santoni
Ref. IW459402: Stainless-steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, black alligator leather strap by Santoni
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistance: 3 bar
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 11.2 mm

Model: Portofino Chronograph, REF. IW 391035 / IW 391036

Functions
Date and day display
Chronograph function with hours, minutes and seconds
Small hacking seconds

Movement
Calibre 79320 Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 44 h
Winding: Self-winding

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW391035: 18-carat 5N gold case, blue dial, gold appliqués and gold-plated hands, black alligator leather strap by Santoni
Ref. IW391036: Stainless-steel case, blue dial, gold-plated hands and appliqués , black alligator leather strap by Santoni
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistance: 3 bar
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 13.6 mm

Model: Portofino Automatic, REF. IW356522 / IW356523

Functions
Date display
Central hacking seconds

Movement
Calibre 35111 Mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: Self-winding

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW356522: 18-carat 5N gold case, blue dial, gold appliqués and gold-plated hands, black alligator leather strap by Santoni
Ref. IW356523: Stainless-steel case, blue dial, gold-plated hands and appliqués, black alligator leather strap by Santoni
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistance: 3 bar
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 9.3 mm

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