IWC Schaffhausen line extension: The Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic (Ref. IW511101/IW511102)

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  • June 12, 2017
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Only two hands and a winding crown, a wristwatch could hardly be more modest. Click on “read more” to see pure IWC-design at its best…

 

The Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic (Ref. IW511101/IW511102) has nothing to distract from the purist lines and clear-cut dial design. It has a traditional, arched-edge front glass, which not only makes the 43.5-millimetre diameter of this 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.

 

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic in steel

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic in steel

 

Fully wound, with no further action required, the IWC hand-wound 59060 calibre will continue running for precisely 192 hours or eight full days. Only then will the owner need to replenish its store of energy by winding the watch via the crown. Two large bridges conceal the 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 display and conceals the train-wheel bridge below. All bridges are 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. As is standard for most modern watch movements, it oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 A/h or 4 hertz. Like the Breguet spring bent into shape in using traditional watchmaking techniques, this also helps to make the watch extremely precise.

The IWC 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.

The Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic is available in an unlimited edition, but unfortunately only at exclusively selected IWC boutiques.

 

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic in red gold

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic in red gold

 

What a beautiful timepiece!

But why is it only available in selected IWC boutiques?

Such a beauty should be available through the entire world-wide IWC network…