Hands-On – The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase, A Classic Modernized

By rolex
April 5, 2021
4 min read

Over the most recent couple of years, IWC has been consistently re-situating its different assortments a distinctly upward way. Most outstandingly, the Portugieser has climbed a couple of rungs on the value list, while the Portifino presently consumes the space this move made. In spite of the fact that from the start this may not seem like extraordinary news for your wallet, it has brought about the presentation of a few fascinating and appealing pieces into the Portofino range, including this ravishing IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase. Today, we go hands on to discover what all the quarrel is about.

When I originally looked at the new Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase (ref. 5164) recently, I should concede I was dazzled. Unobtrusively presented absent a lot of ballyhoo from the brand, it is a decent looking watch that packs a ton of usefulness into a somewhat downplayed plan. With regards to IWC’s Bauhaus tasteful, the dial is even, with clear, simple to understand textual style and files and an emphasis on capacity driving structure. Two unique variants are accessible; steel case with a silver-plated dial and 18k red gold case with a record dim dial.

The feature is obviously the stunning moon phase complication, appeared at 12 o’clock, which has been coordinated into the cutting edge Portofino case interestingly. Incredibly exact, it will just go astray from the real moon by 1 day each 577.5 years. As a matter of fact generally unessential as a complication in the present current world, there is in any case something stylishly satisfying about a top notch moon phase. Besides, it’s a pleasant return to the first Portofino, the Ref. 5251, which appeared in 1984 with a moon phase marker at 3 o’clock. This new Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase gives recognition to that unique model, despite the fact that it isn’t proposed as a vintage reissue. In any case, it is ideal to see a moon phase complication back in the Portofino range in the exemplary case.

Balancing the moon phase pointer pleasantly at 6 o’clock is a sub-dial showing the little hacking seconds, with a trademark ’60’ in red at the top. It has a gold ring going around its periphery, which coordinates pleasantly with the gold hands and hour files. At 9 o’clock there is a force save marker, showing the excess force left in the 8-day save and at 3 o’clock there is a date window with the date plate coordinating the shade of the dial.

What may toss you a little about Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase nonetheless, is the size. In spite of the fact that it would seem that a work of art and rich dress watch in the photographs, its case – accessible in tempered steel or 18k red gold – is equivalent to the exemplary Portofino models. That implies 45mm in breadth and, in this adaptation, 13.2mm thick (which is approx. 1.5mm thicker than the base model because of the expansion of the moon phase module).

Not that it wears uncomfortably on the wrist, a remarkable inverse indeed however be set up to say something with this model on your wrist. This isn’t the kind of watch you attentively slide away under your sleeve. Actually, I very like bigger breadth watches – albeit 45mm is at the upper finish of the scale for me – however I perceive that others, particularly those with more modest wrists, may not share my enthusiasm.

Turn the watch over and a sapphire display caseback gives you a first column perspective on the hand-wound 59800-type development, which has a force save of 8 days when completely wound (in spite of the fact that it could actually run for 9 days as indicated by IWC). As the force unwinds the development is intended to stop before the decreased force can make it begin running erroneously. This implies that you can securely wind the watch once every week unafraid of doing any harm. The development is pleasantly, assuming just, finished with Geneva stripes and perlage. Completing the look is a delicate and flexible earthy colored crocodile calfskin lash by Santoni.

The new IWC Portofino Hand Wound Moon Phase is an incredible looking watch, ideal for consistently wear (particularly in steel and particularly on the off chance that you have the wrists to pull it off.) Plus, it’s truly ideal to see a moon phase complication back in the exemplary Portofino case.


Technical Specifications – IWC Portofino Hand Wound Moon Phase

  • Case: 45mm measurement x 13.2mm stature – tempered steel or 18k red gold case – sapphire precious stone on the two sides – water impervious to 3 Bar.
  • Movement: IWC Cal. H59800 Caliber with moon phase module – manual winding – 4Hz recurrence – 192h force hold – hours, minutes, seconds, date, moon phase, power reserve.
  • Strap: earthy colored gator cowhide lash by Santoni
  • Reference: IW516401 (steel)/IW516403 (18k Red Gold)
  • Price: from EUR 13,400 (in steel)