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An Elegant New Addition to IWC Schaffhausen’s Portofino Collection

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December 2014


For years, the Portofino line from IWC Schaffhausen was seen as the silent star of the company’s product portfolio. Subject to continuous development, the line has increasingly been the focus of attention from watch devotees, its appeal based on minimalist design and discreet elegance.
Now, in the shape of the Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic, the family has a new addition that 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, even the power reserve display has been moved to the back of the watch, where it can be seen through the sapphire-glass back.

Portofino Pure Classic in stainless steel (Ref. IW511102) by IWC
Portofino Pure Classic in stainless steel (Ref. IW511102) by IWC

The IWC hand-wound 59060 calibre is famed for its stamina:fully wound, with no further action required, it will continue running for precisely 192 hours or 8 full days. Only then will the owner need to replenish its store of energy by winding the watch via the crown.
Two large bridges concealthe 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 displayand conceals the train-wheel bridge below.
All bridgesare 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.

Portofino Pure Classic in red gold (Ref. IW511101) by IWC
Portofino Pure Classic in red gold (Ref. IW511101) by IWC
Caseback of the Portofino Pure Classic in red gold (Ref. IW511101) by IWC
Caseback of the Portofino Pure Classic in red gold (Ref. IW511101) by IWC

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.

Source: IWC Schaffhausen