The new Midsize collection now makes the Portofino line from IWC Schaffhausen attractive to watch lovers who prefer a slightly smaller timepiece.
The Portofino collection has been an expression of understatement and good taste for 30 years. Thanks to its puristic, timeless design, the watch family has established itself as one of IWC Schaffhausen’s most successful families and is equally popular with both men and women. The new Midsize collection now makes the Portofino line from IWC Schaffhausen attractive to watch lovers who prefer a slightly smaller timepiece. To mark its introduction, IWC created the slogan “The Portofino series by IWC. The daily enjoyment of wearing a little gold.”
The new Portofino Midsize models reflect a long tradition and open up a wider international market for the Portofino collection, where the classic watch line is made more interesting for customers with slimmer wrists. IWC is featuring three new 37-millimetre models in 17 different versions for the Portofino Midsize collection: the Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase, the Portofino Midsize Automatic Day & Night, and the Portofino Midsize Automatic.
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 meticulously finished mirror-polished case surfaces 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, 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 35111-calibre 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. Alligator leather straps from Santoni in delicate nuances of colour complement the dial and case of nine of the models perfectly, while one model features a Milanaise mesh bracelet. Each timepiece is also available with an elegant 1960s style Milanaise bracelet in high-quality stainless steel or 18-caratred gold. “Milanaise” is the name used to describe bracelets woven from fine wire that fit snugly around the wearer’s wrist.
This Portofino Turns Night Into Day
Portofino Midsize Automatic Day & Night
When the international jet set party, turning night into day, the new Portofino MidsizeAutomatic Day & Night with a second time zone and day/ night display helps them to keep track of the time. Thanks to its elegant design with a diamond-set bezel and white mother-of-pearl dial, this exceptional watch ensures that its wearer cuts a fine figure no matter what the time. Its timeless elegance is as much at home on festive occasions as for everyday use. The watch features a sumptuous red-gold, or stainless-steel case, combined with a black or dark blue alligator leather strap made by Santoni. It is also available with a Milanaise mesh bracelet in stainless steel or 18-carat red gold. Supplying the power is the 35700-calibre mechanical movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
Diamonds, Moon And Stars
Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase
To the delight of many watch lovers, the 2014 Portofino collection sees the return of the most beautiful of all functions – the moon phase display. No fewer than five versions of the Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase models glitter with a combination of diamonds, moon and stars: one in white gold, three in red gold, and one in stainless steel. 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. The celestial bodies are not the only stars on the dial – every single model features an exquisite collection of diamonds and the finest materials. With a moderately sized 37-millimetre 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 35800-calibre 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.