As 2023 commences, IWC unveils two new additions to its best selling Portofino collection – models that add whimsical ways of indicating the date that are a follow-up to the Perpetual Calendar unveiled last year. A Complete Calendar and Pointer Date model complete the trifecta of calendar watches in the Portofino collection.
Portofino Complete Calendar
Available in both stainless steel and 18 karat 5N rose gold, the Portofino Complete Calendar measures in at 41mm in diameter, and is the first watch to include the newly developed complete calendar module from IWC. The watch echoes the original Portofino model of 1981, with its two subdial configuration with running seconds and moonphase indication. The new Portofino Complete Calendar also features two subdials that give the watch a great sense of symmetry, with the 6 o’clock subdial indicating date and month, and the 12 o’clock subdial providing the information for the moonphase and day indications. Recessed pushers on the side of the case provide the adjustment of the watch on months with less than 31 days. The complete calendar pictured here is available on a taupe calfskin leather strap.
Flipping it over, we see the Calibre 32150 that is manufactured by IWC providing a 72 hour power reserve.
Portofino Pointer Date
Arguably the most restrained of the two Portofino releases this year, the Portofino Pointer date is a sober watch executed in stainless steel, measuring in at 39mm diameter. A silver plated dial adds to the classic feel of the watch, whilst the gold-plated hour markers, leaf-shaped hands and subdial surrounds add warmth to the dial.
At 6 o’clock is where the date subdial is located, indicating the date through a blue leaf-shaped hand to match the shape of the hour and minute hands. Powering this watch is the Calibre 35160, built up on an ETA/Sellita base movement, giving 50 hours of power reserve. The watch is delivered on a brown calfskin strap, and is equipped with a strap quick-change system, enabling the wearer to change the look and feel of the watch at a whim.
The Portofino collection has been one of IWC’s top performing collections for good reason – their timeless style will never go out of date, and no matter how old the Portofino, it will always find a way to fit into the modern man’s wardrobe.
With the addition of the Complete Calendar and Pointer Date, the Portofino collection has a complete set of calendar watches to choose from – with increasing levels of functionality and complexity to boot. These two watches are sure to appeal to those who are first time buyers looking for an absolute classic – one that will stay in their collection for years to come.
IWC Portofino Complete Calendar
Features: Mechanical movement, central hacking seconds, complete calendar with display for the date, day, month and moon phase, see-through sapphire glass back
IWC-manufactured calibre: 32150
Frequency: 28,800 vph/4Hz
Power Reserve: 72h
Ref IW359001: Stainless steel case, silver plated dial, gold plated hands and appliques, blue calfskin strap