For 2018 IWC has been extra active to celebrate their 150th anniversary. Their latest release consists of adding two new editions to the “Portofino” collection. Undoubtedly one of IWC’s dressier styled timepieces, unlike their hefty “Ingenieur” model line or their adventurous “Aquatimer” collection. Originally the first “Portofino” model was released in 1984. These new models at first glance seem almost replicas of earlier iterations, but IWC has made a few small minor tweaks.


The original “Portofino Hand-Wound with Moon Phase” (Ref#: 5251) * Image courtesy of: IWC

About a year ago we reviewed the “IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase” which is practically identical to this new release, minus the “Moonphase” complication. The “IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase” released in 2017 also came in a 45mm case made out of stainless-steel or 18k rose gold with distinct dial colors. You can take a closer look at these extra complicated options and read about them here.


“IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase” from 2017 * Image courtesy of: IWC

Now this new “IWC Portofino” comes in a 45mm round case we’ve pictured here that’s made out of stainless-steel; but there are 18k rose gold variations for this model. It’s slick and simple in design, equipped with a standard pull-out setting crown and an overall polished finish.


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All models have a transparent exhibition case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.

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Just like its aforementioned similar “moonphase” equipped “Portofino”, this model comes with those long protruding lugs that provide a secure and comfortable wrist fit. All topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 30 meters (96 feet).

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Time is exhibited on either a: slate or blue dial; both with stainless-steel applied hour index markers, except for the 12 o’clock position expressed with a Roman numeral. Farther out near the bezel are a series of small white printed white minute index markers, with Arabic numerals for every five-minute increment.

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There is also a sub-seconds dial with Arabic numerals for every 10-minute increment in white, except for the numeral “60” which has been colored red, for an increased legibility. While between the 7 and 8 o’clock positions they have spread out an 8-day power reserve indicator. A date aperture has also been placed at the 3 o’clock position.

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IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days

This “IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days” (References below) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 59210 with 30 jewels and 28,800 Vph. The movement is adorned with a Cotes de Genève finish and comes with an indexless balance secured by four golden weight screws on the balance rim. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 192 hours (8 Days), when fully wound.


Mounted to the watch (slate version) is a grey colored suede strap with exposed stitching, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. While the blue dial version comes with a stainless-steel Milanese mesh strap, secured to the wrist by a steel deployment buckle. For more up to date information and to see other available color schemes and complications visit the official IWC Schaffhausen website here.

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Ref#: IW510115Stainless-Steel with a Slate dial

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days-blue-dial

Ref#: IW510116Stainless-Steel with a Blue dial

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