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Pre SIHH 2015: IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic with Price and Specs

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Pre SIHH 2015 news from IWC.  A new watch will be added to the Portofino line: The Hand-Wound Pure Classic.  An elegant looking two handed watch.

The dial of the watch has been kept remarkably clean looking with no date, seconds hand or power reserve indicator in sight, just the hour and minute hands.  The only  other details present are the 12 and 6 in roman numerals, the minute track around the outer edge of the dial and the IWC Logo in capital letters.

The Ref. IW511102 in Stainless Steel

The Ref. IW511102 in Stainless Steel

The movement powering the watch is the in house calibre 59060 which is hand wound and has a power reserve of 8 days or 192 Hours.

The In house calibre 59060: Hand wound and 8 days of power reserve

The In house calibre 59060: Hand wound and 8 days of power reserve

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 fulfills the same function for the power reserve display and conceals the train-wheel bridge below. All bridges are exquisitely decorated with Geneva stripes. The movement also features an index-less balance, which has four golden weight screws on the balance rim to facilitate precision adjustment.

Both the stainless steel and 18 carat red gold cases are 43.5mm.  This may seem a little big for a dressier watch but we will have to wait and see what they are like on the wrist, before passing judgement.

The Ref. IW511101 in 18 carat red gold

The Ref. IW511101 in 18 carat red gold

Both models come on straps that are made exclusively for IWC Schaffhausen by renowned Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni.

The Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic is available in an unlimited edition exclusively at selected IWC boutiques.  The stainless steel model will retail for S$13,400 including GST and the rose gold model will retail for S$31,000 including GST in SIngapore.

Specifications from Press Release

Movement

  • IWC-manufactured calibre 59060
  • Frequency 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
  • 30 Jewels
  • Power reserve 8 days (192 hours)
  • Winding: Hand-wound

Materials

  •  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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