First unveiled at SIHH 2011 earlier this month, the new IWC Portofino Dual Time (Ref. IW361004) automatic GMT watch will be presented in a number of versions, but it looks the best in rose gold and black.
As we have already reported, this year the Swiss watchmaker is going to put much effort into promotion of its entry-level Portofino line of timepieces.
Besides the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days Caliber 59210 (Ref. 5101) that we have briefly reviewed last week, the company will also start selling a number of other watches, including a gorgeous IWC Portofino Dual Time.
Available both in rose gold and stainless steel, the watch will be presented in a larger case measuring 45.00 mm in diameter and only 12.00 millimeters thick.
The timekeeper with GMT functionality will be powered by IWC’s new Caliber 64710 automatic movement. There is still not enough info regarding this engine, but it is known that it will offer an impressive power reserve of 72 hours (3 days) and will be built on 29 rubies.
After an unstoppable torrent of low-end watches powered by tried-and-true, but oh-so-boring ETA workhorses, the new Portofino line, which is animated by in-house calibers, looks like a breath of fresh air.
Since the watch comes in an oversized case, reminding us about the times when a great deal of Swiss timekeepers was powered by movements outsourced from pocket watches, there is a lot of real estate on the Portofino’s black dial.
IWC used the available square inches wisely, not overwhelming future customers with too much information.
There are only two sub-dials on the dial: a 24-hour GMT indicator at 12 o’clock and a subsidiary seconds counter at 6 o’clock.
The small corporate logo is perfectly counterbalanced with small date aperture at 3 o’clock and the thin, long leaf-shaped hour and minute hands look especially elegant together with long hour indexes made of rose gold.
Since the metal looks especially nice if mixed with brown, IWC equipped the watch with a chocolate brown leather strap made by the Italian luxury shoemaker Santoni that mostly operates in $500-$1000 price range for its absolutely gorgeous men’s footwear.
Not sure, how much this gadget is going to cost*, but I definitely want one.
Build quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 2/5
Value for money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
See also: De Bethune DB25 Moon Phase
UPDATE ON PRICE: According to the Swiss brand’s PR representative, the IWC Portofino Dual Time in Rose Gold (Ref.IW361004) will be available at a minimum recommended street price of $17,000 for the version in rose gold that we have reviewed briefly here. Of course, the price will vary a little depending on the part of the world your currently live in. Although clearly locking a great number of enthusiasts out, the price still seems more or less fair given the material its case made of, as well as the quality and sophistication of the mechanism that keeps all the works going.
IWC Portofino Dual Time in Rose Gold (Ref. IW361004) automatic watch specification
Price: $17,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, IWC Caliber 64710, in-house, 29 jewels, 28,800 vph, hacking seconds, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, hacking small seconds
Power reserve: 72 hours
Case material: Rose gold
Bezel material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 12.00 mm
Numerals: Roman, applied
Hands: Rose gold, polished, leaf-shaped
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Alligator leather strap by Santoni
Crystal: Sapphire, anti-reflective
Case back: Sapphire