The IWC Portofino Chronograph Gets A Tan Just In Time For Summer
The Portofino Chronograph has been a classic part of the IWC line-up for some time now. And while there have been a few dial and strap choices, the Portofino chrono has only been available in stainless steel. Not any more. Just in time for summer, the Portofino Chronograph is now available in a rich red gold case that goes great with a tan.
The Portofino Chronograph serves as the entry-level, all-purpose chronograph in IWC’s collection. The case design combines a dressier aesthetic with a sporty 42mm size that make the Portofino appropriate in almost all circumstances – an alligator strap makes it perfect for a night out, while a nylon NATO can take it to the beach.
This combination of formal and casual looks carries over to the dial as well. The three-register chronograph has a 12-6-9 layout, with the 30-minute totalizer up top, the 12-hour totalizer at the bottom, and a small running seconds register at 9 oclock. Balancing things out are two windows for the day and the date at 3 oclock. The dial shows a lot of information while retaining a legible and even look.
The new red gold Portofino Chronograph is definitely a bit more refined than its stainless steel counterparts (especially with the dark ardoise dial). It’s more sporty dress watch than dress sport watch, but it will make a great companion for that long summer holiday.
-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen