Finally, like early Portofino predecessors IWC today offers several large models. The Portofino Eight Day Moon Phase, in either steel or gold, would be a perfect fifth choice. I vote for the gold one, since it’s a dress watch but dress watches aren’t supposed to be oversized. As an oxymoron it produces an intriguing blend of size and class. And that moon phase, just like the first Portofino, produces a dial with a sense of romance and a reminder of the astronomical origins of timekeeping.
Of the five selected watches, three are oversized. But all are perfect examples of clean design, finesse and charm. Understandably, IWC’s Portofino family continues today to be a bestseller for IWC, and discretely so. It is no little feat to produce a classic watch without any design gimmicks and then make it a best seller. The Portofinos are distinctive, classic and forever lasting, as are their Italian namesake.