The classic Portofino chronograph similarly evolved to a larger model, Reference 3783 at 41mm. That model then grew to today’s Portofino chronograph, Reference 3910 which is 42mm. But as these models grew in size due in large part to changing consumer taste, IWC also produced a new “mid-size” 34mm Portofino, Reference 3564.
Sentimentally, the rare Giant Portofino remained heart of the entire family. When IWC decided to celebrate its 140th anniversary in 2008, it produced a “vintage collection” of new models based on their iconic predecessors. For the Portofino line, IWC introduced Reference 5448, a 46mm Portofino model with a moon phase indication. That perhaps served as inspiration for today’s contemporary 45mm “8 day” Portofino models, Reference 5101 and, with large date, Reference 5161.
While the Portofino models have grown in size since 1988 to the present, the same soul, and indeed the same classic and pure design, exists in every one. There probably have been more model variations of the Portofino over the past 26 years than any other watch family of IWC. This is a testament to the value of classicism and the sustaining beauty of simplicity. It reflects the everlasting value of a perfect design. And it demonstrates that these pure concepts can evolve to meet contemporary taste.
It was once said of an artist that he “took a line for a sprint”. Similarly the IWC Portofino family is as pure as a line – and has been taken for a time-tested sprint.