HODINKEE’s Picks: Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase Ref. 459003
IWC just recently introduced new watches to the Portofino collection, all under the Midsize label. Not only are the watches unique thanks to their classic sizing, at 37mm, their incorporation of diamonds further distinguish the line with just the right amount of sparkle. In total, they add 17 new references, representing a variety of colors, materials, and complications. There are a couple of watches that stand out to HODINKEE, a little more than the others, and the first of those is the Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase Ref. 459003.
The Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase features beautiful proportions accentuated by 66 diamonds around the bezel. The Ref. 459003 sets itself apart from the other thanks to a black mother-of-pearl dial and 18k red gold case. The two contrast and compliment one another to stunning effect. The hour makers are topped with 12 additional diamonds set into the MOP dial, adding depth and luster to the romantic Moon Phase complication located at 12 o’clock.
The Moon Phase is artfully treated with a backdrop of stars. The mother-of-pearl dial creates a cloud-like effect, adding to the illusion of looking to the sky. The complication comes courtesy of the caliber 35800, an automatic movement with 25 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound. The 18k red gold case is 37mm in diameter and 11mm in height, perfect for any sized wrist, and a rare watch that can be enjoyed regardless of gender.
The Ref. 459003 can be had with a brown, alligator leather strap by Santoni, or an optional Milanaise bracelet. The color of the strap, dial and case work together beautifully, providing a fitting backdrop for the diamond bezel. Coupled with the symmetrical dial, classic proportions, and lunar complication, this is the Portofino Midsize Automatic Moon Phase we’d have an our wrist. Learn more about each of the new Moon Phase references right here.
– HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen