Packaged with history, simplicity of appearance, and style, the Portofino is a superb choice for the first watch in your luxury collection.
Couple that with luxury construction and you get a manufacturer with an eye for unmistakably timeless wristwatches – the original vision of Jones and Moser. Portofino has been a vacation destination for the rich and famous for decades.Brand history, timeless appeal, and classic appearance – features that will serve you well for years to come.The Blend of European Precision and American Ingenuity Over 140 years ago, young Boston engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones resisted the trend of westward expansion (and ultimately western Swiss watch making) and headed east.The IW327006 has a brown calfskin strap, a solid caseback, and a soft-iron inner case to provide protection against magnetic fields – another feature shared with the reference 431.The case has a better-than-average water resistance of 6 bar, and the watchglass is secured against drops in air pressure.As the watch has a third-party movement, it has a relatively accessible price, €4,830.
This may seem a little high in comparison with other classic pilot’s watches, but IWC is a luxury brand and noblesse oblige.
Schaffhausen had a rich history of clockmaking prior to Jones’ arrival, with records showing a clockmaker’s guild dating back to the late 1500s.
Pursuing his vision, Florentine Ariosto Jones and Swiss industrialist, Heinrich Moser, built a home for IWC in 1875 along the banks of the river on land previously used as an orchard for the All Saints monastery. They are the essence of class, elegance, and timelessness in our social conscience.
The Sellita movement also provides the stop-seconds function, and the date.
The window for the date, the texts on the dial, and the cylindrical crown, are the most noticeable design differences with respect to the reference 431.
The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage by IWC Schaffhausen is reference IW327006, and it costs €4,830.