The new “Portofino Complete Calendar” is the first IWC timepiece to include their newly developed complete calendar module. Remember that a complete calendar watch differs from an annual calendar (that can automatically adjust for 30-day months and advance to the 1st of the next month) or a perpetual calendar (that can further keep track of 28-day and 29-day February and even jump automatically to the 1st of March to keep the correct time). Instead the complete calendar simply guarantees the inclusion of: date, day, month, and a moonphase. The round 41 mm case is available in either 18k 5N rose gold or stainless-steel both with an overall mirror-like polished finish. Housed inside is a new caliber movement that is still rather thin and gave the case an 11.8 mm thickness.On the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition caseback that allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical movement. It includes an oscillating weight adorned by the trademark IWC golden medallion.It comes equipped with a knurled setting crown embossed with IWC logo. An elegant design with short stubby lugs that provide a robust and efficient look. All topped by an arched-edged sapphire glass with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. Water-resistance can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet).Time is exhibited on a silver-plated dial with gold-applied rectangular hour index markers, except for partial Roman numerals at the 6 and 12 o’clock positions. Circling around the flange is also a printed minute track with double-digit numerals for every 5-minute increment. The complete calendar is spread out over two sub-dials. On the upper-half is the weekday indicator, while within the circle is a moonphase decorated by a blue sky, golden stars, and moon. On the lower-half is the month and date indicators. In both counters the outer portion is snailed to contrast with the silver-plated background.It is a classy and elegant layout, which manages to not overwhelm the user despite all its complications. Thanks to a very well managed layout all the indications can be read with a swift glance. The central pair of gold and gold-plated (steel model) leaf shaped hands are a standard elegant choice. Without any lume these hands rely on their natural shine and background contrast, for legibility.
IWC Portofino Complete Calendar
The “IWC Portofino Complete Calendar” (References below) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 32150 with 21 jewels and 28,800 vph. It comes equipped with a silicon escape wheel, pallet fork, and pawl winding system. Power reserve can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.Mounted on the watch is either a grained blue (steel) or taupe (gold) calfskin strap, both with tone-on-tone stitchings, and secured by a folding clasp.For more up to date information visit the official IWC Schaffhausen website here.
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