THE TIMELESS APPEAL OF THE MEDITERRANEAN LIFESTYLE
The flagship of the Portofino family with its newly developed IWC-manufactured 59210-calibre movement and power reserve display will run precisely and reliably for a full eight days before it automatically stops. The watch is available in a gold case with a slate-coloured dial and solid gold indices or in a stainless-steel case with a silver-plated or black dial and gold-plated indices.
There are moments you look forward to all week long and for many lovers of fine watchmaking, winding up the new Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days could soon be one of them. The flagship of the Portofino family with its newly developed IWC-manufactured 59210-calibre movement will run precisely and reliably for a full 192 hours, or eight days, before it automatically stops. The power remaining can be read off on the power reserve display on the dial between “8” and “9 o’clock”. In combination with the small seconds display at “6 o’clock” and the date display at “3”, this gives the dial a pleasingly balanced appearance. The indexless balance has a frequency of 28,800 A/h and, together with the Breguet spring bent into shape in accordance with ancient watchmaking tradition, helps to make the watch so accurate.
The watch is available in a gold case with a slate-coloured dial and solid gold indices or in a stainless-steel case with a silver-plated or black dial and rhodium- or gold-plated indices.
All models have a see-through sapphire-glass back and feature fine alligator leather straps from the world-renowned shoe manufacturer Santoni. Elaborately finished by hand, every strap from Santoni comes with an exclusive patina-like shimmer, with its own individual nuances of colour. The stainless-steel versions of the Portofino Automatic and Chronograph are likewise available with a Milanese mesh bracelet in stainless steel in the elegant style of the 1960s. Milanese mesh bracelets made of finely interwoven metal links combine the stability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility and comfort of a leather strap.
The newly developed 59210 calibre for the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days follows on in the 50000-calibre tradition: it is large, accurate and reliable, and is the first hand-wound movement from Schaffhausen with an eight-day power reserve. Actually, it would be nine days, but it is mechanically stopped before all the tension in the spring is exhausted, eliminating the effect of reduced torque in the mainspring as it winds down. This ensures greater precision the whole time the watch is running. And the owner will always be on the safe side if he winds his watch once a week. The fact that the movement is part of the 50000-calibre family is also clear from the impressive technical specifications: the indexless balance with its frequency of 28,800 beats per hour helps to ensure a high level of accuracy, as does the Breguet spring, bent into shape in accordance with ancient watchmaking tradition. There are also a power reserve display, a date display and small hacking seconds. IWC’s watchmakers worked on the movement for two whole years. After thorough laboratory testing of its suitability for everyday use, it can now proudly bear IWC’s own seal of quality: “Probus Scafusia” – “good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen”.