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IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Gold Second Hand Replica Watches UK

IWC releases its latest Portofino, with the Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase. The model is available in stainless steel and red gold. In homage to the first Portofino from 1984, the new model shares a similar size and also bears the moon phase display.

The Case and Dial

The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase replica watches UK are sized at 45.0 mm in diameter and 13.2 mm in height. Though not the most palatable size for a classic watch, the case size is inherited as a homage to the original Portofino, which was designed in pocket watch dimensions. The larger sized case is also necessary for the big movement; which requires a larger barrel for the 8 days power reserve.

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Applied indexes in matching red gold is set on the slate grey dial; finished with a sunburst effect. The dial is well balanced, and suitably complemented with thin swallow hands. A translucent film-like effect is seen on the date wheel, which we believe is a more subtle approach to enhance legibility to the date at certain angles, without adding too much to the dial.

The Movement

The IWC Portofino is powered by the hand-wound 59800-calibre movement, which has a power reserve of 8 days when fully wound. The in-house movement uses 30 jewels and beats at 28, 800vph. The finishing is better than average, but not anywhere close to superior hand-finished movements, which is understandable given its relatively lower pricing.

The movement is designed reminiscent of old IWC pocket watches. On the plates and bridges, we can see some Côtes de Genève, perlage and dressage. We found the fausses côtes to be done very well, deep slopes have been cut on the bridges making for a more delectable appearance. The anglages on the bridges are also well executed, and we are quite pleased that IWC replica watches UK have chosen to include some very nice outward angles. Interesting to note about the movement, its moonphase mechanism is extremely precise and diverge from the actual phase of the moon by just 1 day in 577.5 years.

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Concluding thoughts

The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase is a well-executed yet arguably unsurprising piece added to the collection. Considering how the watch is based on the original Portofino, it is not in fairness to criticize the large case size. However, some may find issues with the busy dial, even more so when in comparison to the previous moon phase model, the IW544805 with roman numerals and breguet hands.

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The Portofino line is mostly made up of simple, affordable watches, but IWC just made it a bit fancier with the addition of the Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde, the very first tourbillon in the collection named after the Italian resort town.

Large diameter

A large 45mm in diameter IWC replica watch UK and available only in 18k red gold, the tourbillon is powered by the cal. 59900. Related to the cal. 89900 found inside the Da Vinci Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph launched earlier this year, the new calibre is hand-wound movement with an eight-day power reserve, thanks to an extremely large barrel visible through the display back. The bridges have been open-worked to reveal some of the mechanics, including the gear train and keyless works.

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Super movement

Just like the movement inside the more complex IWC Da Vinci fake watches, this is equipped with an unusual hacking tourbillon. When the crown is pulled to set the time, a pair of levers stop the balance wheel, allowing for more precise time-setting. Having been invented by A. Lange & Söhne, the stop-second tourbillon is still a novelty for IWC.

Additionally, the pallet fork and escape wheel are made of diamond-coated silicon (the diamond coating hardens the surface and reduces silicon’s sensitivity to temperature changes), significantly improving their efficiency by reducing friction and mass.

novel six clock design

On the front the flying tourbillon is visible at six o’clock, with the retrograde to its left and a power reserve on the right.

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The Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde (ref. IW516501) is priced at S$87,800 in Singapore, equivalent to about US$64,000. It’s available at IWC boutiques and retailers.