IWC Portofino Watches
An homage to the laid back nature of life on the Italian coast, IWC Portofino watches exude a timeless style. Combining mechanical excellence and sleek, classical design, these exquisite timepieces are the culmination of more than 150 years of watchmaking expertise. Whilst the build style is unmistakably that of IWC, their smooth curves and elegant detailing stand in stark contrast to the manufacturer’s usually functional engineering. Popular amongst men and women alike, you are sure to find something here that delights you.
The History of IWC Portofino Watches
Renowned for being particularly delicate, with clean uncluttered dials and slim casings, IWC Portofino watches were first brought to the market in 1984. Known as the Reference 5251, it was an elegant wristwatch that brought together bold elements such as long Breguet style hands and elongated Roman numerals. The contrast between the white subdial and golden moon indicator led the watch to become known as the ‘fried egg’.
Throughout the years, IWC has added many handy complications to the Portofino collection, such as a rotating date display. Another example of this came in 1995 with the launch of the Romana Perpetual Calendar, which became one of the thinnest wristwatches in the world to house one of these complications.
Fast forward to 2008 and IWC celebrated its 140th anniversary with a special collection of one vintage re-release for each of its collections, including the Portofino. This model brought back the moon phase complication that had been missing from the range for years. A further six years later and the Portofino was once again in the spotlight, when IWC worked with renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh to create a stunning photo piece showing off the elegance of the Italian village.
To celebrate its 250th anniversary, IWC again released some new Portofino models. They came with white or blue lacquer dials with leaf shaped hands and painted on Roman numerals. Such is the eye-catching nature of their designs, that it prompts watch connoisseurs to really sit up and take notice.
The High Society Wristwatch
Named after an Italian fishing village located on the Gulf of Tigullio, IWC Portofino watches ooze style. Members of high society have been gathering there for decades, and this classic collection reflects the luxurious lifestyle they lead. For a brand that is more closely associated with Pilots’ watches and other, more functional timepieces, the Portofino range represents a real break from the norm.
While the collection appears distinctively exclusive, it provides fantastic versatility by offering watches for both men and women. This is something that is quite unique for IWC. Created as a response to the clamour for timeless and classic wristwatches during the 1970s, this charming range was designed to embody uncompromising elegance — which they have managed to do effortlessly.
IWC Portofino watches can best be described as sophisticated, delicate, and minimalist. Distinctive round cases made from stainless steel or solid gold complement their luxurious design, making them suitable for almost any occasion — whether it is lounging by the pool or at a business meeting.
That being said, this exquisite collection is much more than just beautiful timepieces. Peek underneath the hood and you will still find the kind of impressive complications that IWC is famous for. The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde is perhaps the most well-known of these, boasting a flying tourbillon, 192-hour power reserve, and retrograde date display. Other complex creations include the Romana Perpetual Calendar and the Portofino Reference 3541.
If you are looking for something that exudes effortless style, IWC Portofino watches are definitely for you.