Recently, IWC presented an extraordinary version of the Portofino dispatched at the event of the Tribeca Film Festival 2015 , a watch that later had been unloaded by Christie’s. Shockingly, this extraordinary watch accompanied a fresh out of the plastic new movement, never seen before in the rest of the Portofino assortment: a hand-wound mono-pusher chronograph. Notwithstanding, we knew this was not simply a novel endeavor, this was a dispatching piece for IWC’s new in-house Hand-Wound 8-Days Monopusher chronograph development – and here is presently the normal release. If it’s not too much trouble, welcome the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher.
Basically, this new IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph is a mechanical (yet not visual) development of the actual IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days . Until currently, IWC’s Hand-Wound 8-Day type, a huge development that can be found for instance in the Portuguese Hand-Wound 8 Days – 75th Anniversary Edition , highlighted a little off-center second show (at 6 o’clock), a force save marker (at 9 o’clock) and a date (or an enormous date in the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date). Presently IWC utilizes precisely this development and includes a chronograph module the development side (which means a noticeable module) – and no sort of chronograph, as we’re discussing a segment wheel system with single pusher.
The chronograph capacities can be worked by a single pusher, which is incorporated in the crown. By pressing this catch, you can begin and then stop the chronograph. At that point with a third push the chronograph counter will be reset to nothing. It records as long as 60-minute time stretches, which are displayed in the auxiliary counter at 12 o’clock. The chronograph second is traditionally situated on the focal pivot. The other auxiliary dial at 6 displays the running seconds. Like in the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher keeps the date showed however a little gap at 3 o’clock and the force hold situated at 9 o’clock position.
The see from the see-however case back is incredibly wonderful because of the enormous measurement of the development – that completely fills the case. As said, this new calibre 59360 depends on the old style IWC 8-day manual development, on the highest point of which a chronograph module is added. Not many parts are noticeable (practically all the pinion wheels and switch from the chronograph are taken cover behind a huge plate) yet the most significant is featured: the enormous segment wheel which is utilized for inciting the different chronograph capacities (start/stop/reset). The remainder of the development is known, with a 8 days/192 hours power hold acquired from a huge single barrel.
Except for its marginally predominant thickness (13mm versus 12mm, which remains very adequate for a chronograph), the instance of the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher is like the remainder of the 8-days assortment, which means an enormous 45mm round and cleaned focal part and short however bended carries. For the occasion, this Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher may be accessible in valuable metals. A first version shows a 18k white gold case with a slate-shaded dial and a grey croc cowhide tie. The subsequent release is made in 18k rose gold, with a silver-plated dial and a brown alligator calfskin lash. Both are highlighting the sublime Santoni straps.
The result is very great regarding immaculateness and effortlessness of the dial (considerably more than on the Tribeca version with its differentiating red sub-counters). Because of the monopusher complication and a perfect presentation, it’s difficult to tell that the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher is really a chronograph. Consequently, IWC accomplished to keep the vintage plan of the assortment by adding a complication (the chronograph) that usually burdens a smooth design.
The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph will be authoritatively appeared during the 2015 version of Watches & Wonders (the Honk-Kong based watch reasonable) and it will be estimated at 27.100 USD in white gold and 25.400 USD in rose gold. More subtleties on IWC.com .