Over the past few years, IWC has been steadily repositioning itself in various series. Most notably, the Portuguese have risen several notches on the price list, and Portofino now takes up the space created by the move. While it may not seem like good news for your wallet at first, it has led to the introduction of several interesting and attractive parts of the Portofino series, including this gorgeous IWC Portofino replica watches hand-to-wound Moon Phase. Today, we continue to find all the fuss.
When I first saw the new Portofino hand-wound Moon Phase (ref. 5164) earlier this year, I must admit I was impressed. Quietly launched without much fanfare, the brand is a good-looking watch that incorporates a lot of features into its understated design. In line with cheap fake IWC watches Bauhaus aesthetics, the dial is balanced, with a clear and readable font and index, and a focus on functional leading forms. There are two different versions available for this fine steel case with a silver-plated dial and an 18k gold red case with a gray-gray dial. A well-balanced lunar indicator at 6 o ‘clock is a sub-dial showing small hacker seconds, topped with a red feature “60.” It’s surrounded by a gold ring that perfectly matches the gold hand and hour index. There is a power reserve indicator at 9 o ‘clock, showing the remaining power in the 8-day storage. There is a date window at 3 o ‘clock, and the date dial matches the color of the dial.
What might give you a little bit of context for Portofino’s hand injury, however, is the size. While it looks like a very classic and elegant dress top swiss IWC replica watch in the photo, its case – available in stainless steel or 18k red gold – is identical to the classic Portofino model. This means a diameter of 45mm, and in this version, a thickness of 13.2mm (due to the addition of the lunar module, about 1.5mm thicker than the base model). It’s not that it’s uncomfortable on the wrist, it’s actually quite the opposite, but it’s ready to make a statement on the wrist with this model. This is not the type of watch you slide carefully under the cuff. Personally, I’m a big fan of the larger watch – even though the 45mm is on my upper end – but I recognize that others, especially those with smaller wrists, may not share my passion.
Flip the watch, the sapphire exhibition undercover provides you with a front-row view of the manual winding of the 59800 calibre movement, with a power reserve of 8 days when fully connected (although it can technically run for 9 days according to IWC Replica Swiss Movement technology). When power is lowered, the movement is designed to stop before the reduced torque can cause it to begin operation inaccurately. This means that you can safely wrap your watch once a week without worrying about any damage. If simple, the movement is good, the decor has Geneva stripes and perlage. The perfect look is Santoni’s soft and velvety brown alligator leather strap. The new IWC Portofino Hand Wound Moon Phase is a good-looking watch that’s perfect for everyday wear (especially steel, especially if you have a wrist to pull it down). Plus, it’s really nice to see the complex function of the moon phase. Classic Portofino case.