It might be the year of the monkey, but for IWC, it’s been the year …
IWC’s recent strategy has been to focus on refreshing a single collection each year. For 2017, that was the Da Vinci, but that is not to say that IWC has totally neglected its other collections. In fact, IWC has recently and quietly bolstered its Portofino collection with the new Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde watch. The Portofino collection is mostly made up of simple time-only watches, so the addition of a more complicated piece is much welcome.
For now, the Iwc Watches Dubai Airport Replica Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde is only available in an 18k red gold case. With dimensions of 45mm in diameter and 14.1mm in height, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde is a rather large watch. The design of the case seems to closely follow that of the Portofino watches – a very classic design with slim-looking lugs and a thin bezel. The crown looks to be fairly beefy and large, which should be seen as a good thing since this is a manually wound watch. Water resistance is 30 meters.
The Iwc Watch Keeps Stopping Replica Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde has a silver-plated dial with gold leaf-shaped hands. The hours are marked by gold baton markers and there’s a simple minute track with every 5-minute marker clearly indicated with Arabic numerals. At 3 o’clock, there’s a handy power reserve indicator, and at 6 o’clock you have the exposed one-minute flying tourbillon. Finally, at 9 o’clock you have a retrograde date indicator.
Starting with the Iwc Ingenieur Watches Replica Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage, the new piece is quite similar to previous major Pilot’s Watches together with the exception of case material, that is currently either bronze or titanium, and the inclusion of this very striking IWC 52110 in-house manufacture standard. IWC’s automatic winding 52110 features a shocking 168 hour (seven day) power book, Côtes de Genève and perlage completing, and 31 jewels, all ticking along at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) interior of a soft iron inner case to withstand magnetic fields located in aviation environments. The normal major Pilot’s 51111 quality features more jewels at 42 but defeats in a considerably slower 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz). The 46.2mm instance, signature crown, and vintage inspired leather strap remain similar in fashion to previous Big Pilot’s. For those who have more regular wrists and bank accounts, IWC have also generated the Mark XVIII at a special Heritage edition. The brand new IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII Heritage keeps the aviation style dial and hands in addition to the small 40mm case dimensions from previous models. New is the use of titanium as a case substance which gives the piece a pragmatic texture in addition to a much lighter overall weight reduction. The inclusion of IWC’s 35111 caliber also distinguishes this new version from it’s forebears and although it isn’t a totally in-house caliber like those from the Heritage Big Pilot’s, it’s still a competent 25-jewel motion based on the Sellita SW300 as opposed to the 21-jewel, ETA 2892 base movement located in the standard IWC Mark XVIII. A slightly less impressive caliber such as the 35111 with a more approachable 42-hour power book also helps keep the cost somewhat reasonable.
The retrograde date indicator is pretty cool, but I have doubts about its practicality. It doesn’t look particularly legible to me as only the 3rd day of the month and thereafter every 4 days are marked by Arabic numerals – the rest of the days are marked by a simple track. As a result, if the date falls in between the ones marked by the Arabic numerals, some squinting could be necessary before one can make out the exact date.
The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde is driven by the 59900 caliber, which is visible through the large sapphire crystal display case back. It looks to be quite nicely finished with open-worked bridges, beveled edges, Côtes de Genève, and perlage. One can also see the large mainspring which offers the movement a generous power reserve of 192 hours or 8 days. To improve efficiency, the pallet fork and escape wheels are made out of diamond-coated silicon.
However, the standout feature of the 59900 caliber has got to be its hacking tourbillon, which allows owners to easily set their watches to the second. Believe it or not, a stop-seconds mechanism for the tourbillon was only invented by A. Lange & Söhne in 2008, so tourbillon watches that hack are still relatively rare.
All in all, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde looks like it will give fans of IWC’s Portofino collection the chance to pick up a relatively complicated watch. Though I can’t say that I’m a fan of the styling – my biggest problem is the legibility of the date indicator – the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde does have technical features that are admirable. It isn’t a limited edition piece, but IWC does say that it will be available only in small numbers because of its complexity. The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde is priced at $58,000. iwc.com