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.
A wristwatch could hardly be more modest: with two hands and a winding crown, it has nothing to distract from the purist lines and clear-cut dial design. After all, the soul of genuine elegance lies in the art of omission. 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.
Indexless balance with 4 golden weight screws on the balance rim
Power reserve display on the reverse side of the watch
See-through sapphire-glass back
IWC-manufactured calibre: 59060
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 8 days (192 h)
Ref. IW511101: case in 18-carat red gold, silver-plated dial, dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
Ref. IW511102: case in stainless steel, silver-plated dial, black alligator leather strap by Santoni, pin buckle in stainless steel
Glass: sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 43.5 mm
Case height: 12 mm
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