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UK IWC Portofino Series Limited Edition Leather Strap Watches Hands-On

What is it about the appeal of a classic monopusher chronograph? We are looking at possibly one of the most fitting answers to that question: with the reference 5151 IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph, IWC has checked all the boxes with a beautiful dressy chronograph, backed by an impressive movement in a watch fitting of the Portofino name.
In the metal, this 45mm-wide IWC Portofino series fake watches UK are large, but far from brash or blingy. Available in either 18k white or red gold, the white gold model has a slate colored dial with a brushed surface treatment, while the red gold has a silvery white dial. As we will see throughout our hands-on look here, the IWC Portofino family walks a line between classic and modern, blurring the edges of dressy and casual in a way that often seems effortless.

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While the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher is indeed large, when you flip it over and view the movement through the display case back, you get a better sense of why the case is just so… generously sized. Like the stretched hood of a V12 E-Type, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph houses IWC’s rather handsome and entirely massive calibre 59360. The 59360 is a hand-wound movement with time, date, a power reserve indication, and a 60-minute chronograph that is activated, stopped, and reset via a single button embedded in the crown. Ticking at 4Hz with a power reserve of 192 hours (8 days), the chronograph mechanism is modular and features a column wheel.
Not always the case with modular calibers (as, unlike here, the modules are often installed on the dial side of the movement), with the IWC Portofino, we are given the chance to scrutinize how the chronograph function’s parts have been installed on IWC’s powerful 59000 base caliber that supplies enough go-juice for eight full days. The large but sufficiently sized and shaped plates that secure most additional wheels of the chronograph cover only about 1/4th of the movement, leaving plenty of room to explore the base caliber underneath and see the substantially sized column wheel in operation after every press on the pusher.
Despite its modular architecture, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph is only 13mm thick IWC replica watches, making it no more cumbersome on wrist than most simple sport watches. The movement is treated to a lovely finish that accents its open design and lack of a winding rotor. With an index-less balance and Breguet spring, the 59360 features vertical striping and beveled edges on the main plates.

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The dial design is delicate and direct, using a successful mix of classic and more modern elements (like the red accents on the sub dials and power reserve). Legibility is strong and the view of the dial is preserved with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The markers are applied and catch the light with a glimmer that is nicely matched by the tone and color of the precious metal case options.

IWC Portuguese Special Edition Leather Strap Rose Gold Dial Watches UK

The watch is almost identical to the Jubilee edition of the Portuguese that was released for the 125th anniversary of IWC cheap fake watches in 1993. The only difference is the “Revolution” edition features the Cal 92800 while the 1993 special edition featured the Cal 9828 (Cal 982 with Jubilee markings). The watch case is 42mm and has a height of 9.8 mm and comes on a brown alligator leather strap, with matching pin buckle in 18-carat red gold.

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The dial features raised Arabic numerals in 18 carat red gold IWC  replica watches UK, leaf hands, “International Watch Co” in cursive script and running seconds at the 6 o ‘clock position. This all can be viewed through the front Acrylic glass (PMMA) crystal.
The Calibre 92800 is hand wound, runs at a frequency of 18,000 beats per hour 2.5 Hz, 18 jewels, and small hacking seconds. Glucydur beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment cam on balance arms, Breguet spring and plate and bridge made of Nickel-silver. Power Reserve of 46 Hours.

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On the ratchet wheel, “REVOLUTION 10th Anniversary” has been specially engraved and can viewed through the sapphire crystal exhibition caseback.
The unique edition of 10 pieces, is available only at selected IWC flagship boutiques (Singapore, New York, Hong Kong). The retail price is S$29,000 including GST in Singapore.

IWC New Ingenieur Collection Leather Strap High Quality Replica Watches UK

Last year, same moment of the year, same place, IWC leather strap watches introduced what we thought would remain some limited edition watches, the 3 Ingenieur Chronograph Special Editions for Goodwood. Well, it seems that reactions of collectors were good – and we have to agree with them, these watches, with their vintage-inspired design, echoing the first versions of the Ingenieur, and their brand new in-house chronograph movement, had some arguments. Based on these concepts, it’s now an entire collection of retro-inspired Ingenieur watches (automatic, chronographs, QP…) that IWC is about to introduce at the 2017 Goodwood Members’ Meeting.

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The whole concept behind this IWC Ingenieur 2017 Collection copy watches UK are a re-interpretation of the very first Ingenieur collection introduced in 1955. A bit over 60 years ago, the Schaffhausen-based manufacture launched a watch made accordingly to the evolution of the society. The 1950s were characterised by a period of economic upturn and rapid technological developments. New devices such as radio and television receivers were adopted, and the first electronic calculators began to appear on the market. Many of these devices generated magnetic elds that had a negative impact on the precision of mechanical watches. Also, engineers and scientists were exposed to these kinds of magnetic fields more than most due to the nature of their work. Here are the main reasons why IWC had the idea to develop a new watch family that would offer effective protection against magnetic fields: the Ingenieur line.
The collection was unveiled in 1955, with the reference 666. This watch protected its movement against magnetic fields, thanks to a soft-iron cage. Also, it was the first to use the self-winding system developed by Albert Pellaton, IWC’s Technical Director at the time. Pellaton’s winding system transformed the rotational movements of the rotor into an oscillating motion, allowing the bidirectional rotational movements of the rotor to be used for tensioning the mainspring. The Ref. 666 was a visually simple, almost minimalistic watch with 3-hands and date. Later, in 1967, IWC introduced its successor, the ref. 866, which will even enhance this uncluttered approach of the design, focused mainly on functionality. These two watches, with their characteristic “simple” design and rectangular hands and indexes are now re-interpreted into a brand new collection, the retro-inspired 2017 IWC Ingenieur, comprising 4 different watches.

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As the cornerstone of this new collection, IWC cheap fake watches UK presents a simple 3-hand version of the Ingenieur, small by the size, strong by the reference to the antique models. The first thing to know about this version of the new IWC Ingenieur is that it is both  faithful in terms of design but also extremely restrained in terms of proportions. While IWC was usually more on the robust size of watchmaking, they showed a strong evolution since a few years, with the introduction of “reduced” watches – see the 40mm Pilot Mark XVIII for instance). This Ingenieur Automatic follows the same path and comes in a reasonably sized case – 40mm x 10.5mm.