IWC Portofino Collection - Bringing Back the Mediterranean Lifestyle
If you long for the Mediterranean lifestyle, the IWC Portofino Collection is for you. Being based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, the International Watch Company (IWC) is the only high quality watch producer in the eastern portion of Switzerland. If you enjoy watches that are made for leisure and will last for generations to come, the Portofino collection is a wonderful option. With hand wound and self wound watches, this trio of time pieces offers everything from 42 and 44 hour power reserves to the new Reference 5101, the hand wound, eight day power reserve. When you want to embrace the European lifestyle of the 1950s, this is the watch for you. Of course, no watches in any of the collections with the International Watch Company are less to be desired; you will find that even though this is the least expensive collection, more people are appreciating the traditional look. With the Reference 5101, the star of the IWC Portofino Collection release in 2011, IWC has gone back to the shape of the older models from the 1960s, yet it offers a 37.9 millimeter movement that allows the hand wound watch to go for eight days. You will also find that this new collection of Portofino watches offers two choices in bands. One band is made by the shoemaker from Italy, Santoni, and the other is a Milanese mesh bracelet. The mesh bracelet is the same of that which was made popular in the 1960s. The new IWC Portofino Collection is beautifully hand crafted. There is not glitz and glam with this collection. Cased in stainless steel, this simple yet stunning watch collection has a black dial with steel hands and markers. A little red on the 12 hour and 30 minute counters set this watch apart from the others. Many thought that previous Portofino collection did not hold a candle to the rest of the IWC collections. However, now that though has been removed. The Portofino collection provides a stunning time piece for the owner as well as a comfortable watch suitable for every day wear. Truly no one can question the beauty and intricacy of the IWC Portofino Collection. With its 2011 release, many can now have a time piece that will stand the test of time. Also, if you enjoy the look of the 1960s, this watch will take you away to the Italian Riviera when times were simple and life was luxury.