Debuting at Watches & Wonders 2015, IWC released a new Portofino Monopusher Chronograph which we had the opportunity to see in Hong Kong. Available in either red gold (with white dial) or a rather handsome white gold (with gray-brown dial), inside resides the manual-wind Calibre 59360 with an eight day power reserve. The chronograph function has been built on top of the base movement which is also found IWC’s Portugiser eight day model.
Visible through the open case back, the movement features 36 jewels and a mainplate with circular graining, bevelled edges and Geneva stripes.
You will note the centre elapsed-seconds hand, a minute sub dial at 12 o’clock for the chronograph function, date at 3 o’clock, constant small seconds at 6 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator between 8 o’clock and 9 o’clock.
Both models feature delicate gold leaf-shaped hands, and applied gold hour markers. The white dial model has a great clean look to it that is quintessentially IWC, but I like the elegant dressiness of the moody dark dial.
Measuring 45mm with a thickness of 13 mm, the red gold version (Ref.IWC515104) comes on a Santoni brown alligator leather strap with matching pin buckle and the white gold model (Ref.IWC155103) comes on a gray strap.
[Horologium attended Watches & Wonder 2015 at the invitation of Richemont Australia]