Named after an Italian fishing village nestled into the Gulf of Tigullio, near Genoa, the IWC Portofino is a classic watch which perfectly reflects the magic of the Med.
To this day, the international rich and famous flock to the the costal town of Portofino, with it attracting well-known actors, artists and fashion moguls. And the air of relaxed elegance that surrounds this simple coastal village is evoked in the calm, beautiful styling of IWC’s riveria-inspired timepiece.
Widely regarded as the most aesthetically pleasing function of a watch, the Moon Phase display has made a return with the Portofino – a reference to the legendary original 1984 model. And, with several imaginative and innovative settings to choose from, the dial display recreates the Mediterranean night sky – with a delicate moon floating occasionally on a backdrop of clouds, and other times hovering in a star-studded night sky.
A choice of different cases are on offer, including stainless steel, or 18-carat red or white gold. You also have the choice of encrusting 66 to 90 diamonds into the casing and dial. And, for one more level of customisation, although the watches are sold with Santoni alligator leather straps, they are also available with an exquisite Milanese mesh bracelet.
As you would expect from an IWC, the Portofino is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the out. A self-winding mechanical movement has 42-hours of power in reserve when fully wound and is water-resistant to 3 bar.
A limited edition run, this latest Portofino Moon Phase 37 was produced in conjunction with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and comprises just 1,500 watches.