The latest addition to IWC Schaffhausen’s Portofino collection is the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher, its first monopusher chronograph. Unlike most chronographs that sport additional push-buttons, it comes with an “ingenious” single push-button built onto the crown.
The chronograph push-button is integrated in the crown and at first glance is virtually invisible. Repeatedly pressing the single, multifunctional push-button starts, stops and resets the chronograph. When the button is pushed for the third time, all the chronograph displays return to zero. It is not only convenient but also an aesthetically pleasing aspect. Despite this additional function, the Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher remains a simple timepiece and divulges its functionality only when we look more closely.
The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher uses a new iteration of IWC’s 59000-series movement. The 59360 adds the monopusher chronograph complication.
IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher specifications:
- Movement: Hand-wound IWC 59360 single-pusher chronograph
- Case diameter: 45mm
- Case thickness: 13mm
- Case back: See-through sapphire-glass
- Glass material: Sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides
- Materials (ref. IW515103): 18-carat white gold with slate-coloured dial and grey alligator Santoni strap with 18-carat white gold pin buckle
- Materials (ref. IW515104): 18-carat red gold with silver-coloured dial and brown alligator Santoni strap with 18-carat red gold pin buckle
- Battery/Power reserve: 8 days (192 hours)
- Water resistance: 3ATM
- Complications: Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds, date display, power reserve display
IWC’s claim that this is their first first monopusher chronograph is not quite accurate. The first was the unique Portofino Monopusher Edition “Tribeca Film Festival 2015” that was unveiled earlier this year to honour the New York film festival.
The IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph sells for US$25,400 in red gold (ref. IW515104) and US$27,100 in white gold (ref. IW515103).
Source : IWC