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IWC Portofino IW4591-01 IWC Portofino IW4591-01 Available now $8,950 US 82 2012

IWC Portofino Automatic: Pure Elegance

The IWC Portofino Automatic is a classic, thin, streamlined wristwatch. It focuses on the essentials, displaying only the time and date. This watch from IWC winds automatically when worn and is available in stainless steel or gold.

Highlights

  • Dress watch with date display
  • Flat case made of stainless steel, white gold, or red gold
  • Also available with a diamond-set bezel
  • Mechanical movement with automatic winding and date display
  • Alligator leather straps

IWC Portofino Automatic: Classic and Simple Since 1984

The IWC Portofino Automatic is the ideal dress watch. It has a classic, elegant design and goes very well with a suit. Thanks to its thin case, the watch retains a conservative look and feel, as if it were made to complement your shirt cuffs. The watch has all the functions necessary for everyday wear at the office, as it displays both the time and the date.
IWC, short for International Watch Company, introduced the Portofino in 1984. It was named after a small Italian fishing village near Genoa. Portofino, located on the Gulf of Tigullio, is a meeting place for high society. IWC captures this jet-setting lifestyle with the Portofino. The first Portofino watch was based on the IWC Lépine pocket watch with reference number 5201. IWC simply turned the movement 90 degrees and added a moon phase display. Once a strap was added, the wristwatch pocket watch with reference number 5251 was complete. Since its premiere, the Portofino has been one of the most successful series from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer.

Buying Advice

The IWC Portofino is the right watch for you if you're looking for a simple and classic wristwatch. You can wear this automatic timepiece with a date display with a suit to the office or in a more casual environment with a polo shirt. Pre-owned models are available for around 1,500 euros, making the IWC Portofino Automatic a good introduction to the world of IWC. New stainless steel models cost around 3,000 euros. You should plan to spend around 6,000 euros for a pre-owned gold watch from this series. New gold models cost at least 8,000 euros.
The IWC Portofino Automatic is also available with a moon phase display. This model costs around 6,500 euros. If you want a version with 66 diamonds on the bezel, then you should be prepared to spend around 10,000 euros. If you want a diamond-set bezel, but can do without a moon phase display, there are Portofino Automatics available for around 7,500 euros. Since these watches are 37 mm in diameter, they're ideal for women.
If you prefer a watch with more features, then take a look at the IWC Portofino Chronograph. With this watch, you can time up to 12 hours. You can purchase a stainless steel quartz model for only 2,000 euros. With a mechanical caliber, the watch costs around 3,000 euros. New mechanical chronographs cost around 4,000 euros.
An alternative to the Portofino series is the Portugieser collection, also from IWC. A Portugieser chronograph is available pre-owned for around 4,000 euros. New models cost around 5,000 euros.

IWC Portofino Automatic: Elegant Design, Reliable Technology

The IWC Portofino Automatic is available in stainless steel or 18-karat red or white gold. The case diameter of the standard models is 40 mm, suitable for both men and women's wrists. The dial is available in black, silver, and ardoise (slate). IWC uses very fine stick indices for the hour markers; Roman numerals are only present at six and 12 o'clock. The date display window is located at three o'clock. The delicate hands are leaf-shaped, and the dial-side sapphire glass is domed and has double anti-reflective coating. An engraving of the village of Portofino is on the case back. The alligator leather strap is available in black or brown, and the stainless steel model is also available with a plaited Milanese strap.
IWC also offers white and red gold models with diamond-set bezels. These brilliant watches feature a total of 72 gemstones and the dials are either silver or ardoise. The alligator leather straps are made by the Italian luxury manufacturer Santoni.
The IWC Portofino Automatic is powered by the mechanical caliber 35111. The movement has automatic winding and a 42-hour power reserve. Since the movement winds itself while being worn, you don't need to wind it every few days. The caliber 35111 is based on the Sellita SW300-1. This is comparable to the ETA 2892A2 movement, which is considered very reliable and precise.

Features

  • 40-mm stainless steel or 18-karat gold case
  • Gold models also available with diamonds
  • Mechanical caliber 35111 with automatic winding and date display