Portofino conjures up images of languid summers by the sea, pastel-hued cobbled streets and superyachts sailing into the sunset. Luxury Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen channels this easy, casual vibe into its new Portofino ladies line for 2019. IWC first launched the Portofino line in 1984, and since then, it has remained an iconic creation of the brand. It is believed that Kurt Klaus, the then-head watchmaker, and head designer Hanno Burtscher, sat down over a glass of wine to design a simple and elegant watch inspired by the style of the fifties and sixties. And the result was the subtle and sophisticated Portofino watch.

Embracing the spirit of casual, cool glam, the 2019 collection for women features perhaps some of the smallest watches that IWC has designed so far. The five new models have a reduced diameter of 34 millimetres and evoke the very first Portofino collection for women with their focus on smaller timepieces designed for slender wrists. The watches sport silver-plated, blue or green dials and come in either 18 carat 5N gold or stainless steel cases with diamonds studded in the case or dial.

“With these five new models, we were inspired by the origins of the Portofino family and wanted to continue the tradition of IWC ladies’ watches from the 1980s, offering a very wearable size for women”
Christian Knoop, creative director of IWC Schaffhausen

Another interesting aspect of these watches is that they come with a small tool that enables the wearer to change the strap themselves. With a choice of 12 vibrant strap options crafted by leather goods maker Santoni, including a Milanese stainless steel mesh bracelet, this watch is truly versatile.
The women’s Portofino line for 2019 will be available at the IWC boutiques in Singapore from October.
For details, visit www.iwc.com

Staff Writer