In the rush of Watches & Wonders 2015 (the Hong-Kong watch fair), it’s now IWC’s turn to come with a novelty: the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date. We’ve recently covered various iterations of IWC’s Portofino models, like the recent Monopusher Chronograph, the Pure Classic edition and the one that featured in The Collector’s Series. The new Portofino Day & Date comes with interesting features, all based on the same nice and massive 8-day power reserve hand-wound in-house movement.
The IWC Portofino is the elegant and vintage-inspired proposition of the brand, with a large, round case and a clean and pure dial. What makes this watch kind of special is the use of IWC’s own movement, with a very large diameter that completely fills the case – something that is extremely pleasant (and rare enough in the industry to be mentioned). This Calibre 59220 features a single but large mainspring that can provide energy to the watch during 8 days (in fact, it could run longer, but for stability reasons, it will stop after 8 days). However, in the case of the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date, it comes in a new combination of complications.
We found this movement with several indications: a time only edition with the Portofino Pure Classic, with a power-reserve indicator and a small second in the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days and with an extra large date in a third edition. It also can be featured with a chronograph module in the Monopusher Chronograph Edition. With their latest edition, IWC chose to add the day of the week (located at 3) together with the large date (at 12), the power reserve indicator (at 8) and the small second (at 6). The day is classically displayed in a subsidiary dial with a rotating hand.
The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date comes in the same 45mm case like the rest of the collection. It is available in stainless steel with a silver plated dial, black inscriptions, silvered indexes and hands and a black Santoni strap (Ref. IW516201) or in 18k red gold, with a slate dial, white inscriptions, golden hands and indexes and a brown Santoni strap (Ref. IW516203).
TheWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date in steel (IW516201) is available for the retail price of € 13,400 Euros (including 21% VAT) and the 18k red gold version (ref. IW516203) comes in at € 23,800 Euros including 21% VAT. More info and availability -> www.iwc.com