Portofino manual winding 8-day power watch inherits the fine tradition laid by this watch series 25 years ago. When the first Portofino watch was launched in 1984, it became popular all over the world for its subtle elegance and sophisticated mechanical technology. No matter in the past or present, this watch is still the perfect masterpiece in the eyes of connoisseurs. In particular, the new flagship of the Portofino family is bound to fascinate many watch lovers who are passionate about complex and practical watchmaking. Its elegant arc-shaped case is equipped with the new IWC-manufactured 59210 movement: Although it is designed and built with the most advanced technology today, it still follows the great watchmaking tradition of Schaffhausen.
For more than a quarter of a century, the Portofino watch family has been a symbol of classic watches. Its design brings together the skills and experience of IWC engineers. The new Portofino manual-winding eight-day power watch has won the essence. With its elegant temperament and sophisticated technology, it has affirmed its position as the flagship of the Portofino series. The 45 mm diameter case is bound to be the focus of everyone, but its simple, arcuate appearance still shows a subtle beauty. The Portofino hand-wound 8-day power watch will be appreciated by connoisseurs who understand the aesthetics and perfect technology.
Showing off the floating style is not the style of this series of watches: the value of Portofino manual winding 8-day power watch lies in its restrained quality and excellent technology. The case is equipped with IWC’s newly developed 50,000-type self-made movement, with a diameter of 37.8 mm, which makes it even more sturdy. Although the size of this 59219 movement is similar to that of a pocket watch movement, its modern design is unmatched by the latter. As you would expect, it is extremely sturdy and reliable, fully meeting all the rigorous requirements of watch lovers in the 21st century. Not only has the elegant and exquisite temperament, the Portofino hand-wound 8-day power watch is a watch especially designed for daily frequent wearing, and has passed a number of strict in the laboratory of IWC. And extensive testing.
To ensure that this new Portofino manual-winding watch can continue to operate for a long time, IWC engineers have equipped the 59210 movement with an oversized barrel that is similar in size to provide sufficient continuousness for the watch. Run a full nine-day power reserve. To make this feature work more effectively, the designers of IWC have embedded a device that allows the watch to suspend the movement after 192 hours or 8 days of operation. Pausing the movement of the movement before the mainspring tension is completely exhausted can eliminate the adverse effects caused by the constant weakening of the mainspring moment. As a result, the accuracy of the watch can be maintained at the same level during operation. Through the power reserve indicator on the dial, the wearer can estimate the time required to wind the movement. However, if the wearer chooses to manually wind his Portofino 8-day power watch once a week, such as every Sunday breakfast time, then the watch is bound to have enough kinetic energy to continue to operate.
To ensure its precise operation, the watch is equipped with a number of specialized design elements, including a strong mainspring. Although this new movement is equipped with a trimmer-free Glucydur® * beryllium balance wheel, its accuracy can still be adjusted by four counterweight screws on the edge of the balance wheel. The balance frequency is the standard 4 Hz of modern watch movements, which means that the frequency is 28,800 times per hour. Like the spiral Breguet hairspring made with traditional watchmaking techniques, the watch operates accurately.
Its exterior design further enhances the modern feel of this movement. The back of the movement is equipped with two large bridges, which hide the entire movement except the balance wheel. The upper bridge is used to carry the barrel, the differential mechanism and the winding device, while the lower bridge is used to display the power reserve. In addition, a wheel train bridge is hidden below it. All bridges and balance splints are decorated with delicate Geneva stripes or round patterns. The most prominent position in the center is engraved with the ‘Probus Scafusia’ mark, which represents ‘extraordinary technology and superb craftsmanship from Schaffhausen.’
From the arc-shaped case with smooth lugs to the dial design, the designers of IWC make the watch look like the classic Portofino series. They carefully set various display functions. The small stopwatch is set at 6 o’clock, the date is set at 3 o’clock, and the power reserve display is set between 8 and 9 o’clock, allowing the overall layout to show a harmonious balance sense. Leaf-shaped hands indicate the hours and minutes, respectively, and run continuously on the dial with embossed solid graduations and the Roman numeral ’12’. The Portofino manual-winding eight-day power watch in red gold is equipped with a dark blue-gray dial. The scale is also made of pure red gold. In 2012, a red gold version with a silver dial was introduced. Design adds luxury. In addition to the simple stainless steel version, this watch is also available with a silver or black dial with rose gold plating.
All models are equipped with a light brown or dark brown alligator strap made by the famous Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni. In addition to the pin buckle, the strap is also available with a folding buckle.
Portofino manual winding 8-day power watch
Mechanical movement without trimmer Glucydur® * beryllium alloy balance wheel, four gold counterweight screws, Breguet hairspring, small second hand with stop function, date display, power reserve display, special decoration ( Geneva stripes)
Vibration frequency: 28 800 times / 4 Hz
Number of jewels: 30
Power reserve: 8 days (192 hours)
Wind up: manual
18K red gold case with silver dial and dark brown alligator leather Santoni strap, 18K red gold pin buckle
Mirror: Double-sided anti-reflective coating with domed sapphire glass
Case bottom: transparent sapphire case back
Water resistance: 3 bar
Diameter: 45 mm
Thickness: 11.8 mm