IWC Schaffhausen’s Portofino collection was introduced in 1984, bringing timeless elegance and laid-back Italian aesthetic to the watchmaker’s portfolio. One of the newest members of this family is the Portofino Hand-Wound Tourbillon Rétrograde, a piece that represents the collections’ sophistication. This traditional gold timepiece is the first of this range to feature a tourbillon, with the balance, pallet and escape wheel mounted on a cage that rotates on its own axis every minute.The flying minute tourbillon’s constant rotation acts against gravity to ensure the watch’s rate and accuracy.
Housed in a 45mm 18-carat red gold case, the hand-wound IWC 59900 calibre boasts an eight-day power reserve that is displayed at 3 o’clock. The silver-plated dial also features a retrograde date display.
Adding a touch of finesse, the hands are gold-plated and the appliqués are made of solid gold. Through the see-through sapphire glass back, you can view the calibre, decorated with Geneva stripes. Completing this classic but innovative timepiece is a dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni, which has a vibrant orange underside.