What is the attractiveness of a classic monopusher chronograph? We may be looking for one of the most appropriate answers to this question: with the reference 5151 IWC Portofino Monopusher Hand Chronograph, IWC checked all the boxes with a beautiful dressed chronograph, supported by an impressive movement in a Name of Portofino.
While the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopuller is indeed great, when you turn it over and see the movement through the back of the case, you have a better idea of why the case is so … generously sized. Like the stretched hood of a V12 E-Type, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher houses the rather beautiful and totally 59360 caliber of IWC.
The 59360 is a hand movement with time, date, power reserve indication and a 60-minute chronograph that is activated, stopped and reset via a single button integrated in the crown. Staining at 4Hz with a power reserve of 192 hours (8 days), the chronograph mechanism is modular and includes a column wheel.
Despite its modular architecture, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher chronograph is only 13 mm thick, making it more cumbersome on the wrist than most simple sports watches. The movement is treated to a beautiful finish that accentuates its open design and the lack of a rotor winder. With an indexless balance and a Breguet spring, the 59360 features vertical strips and beveled edges on the main plates.
Naturally, the movement of the single-pusher chronograph omits the double-pushers commonly seen on other chronometers, as now the single push-button for the chronograph has been integrated into the crown already large enough. Therefore, the crown-pusher piece projects considerably from the already massive affair and so yes, from time to time, the crown and the pusher will dig into the skin on your wrist. Still, the end result is a very classic, effortlessly dressy – and maybe a little nerdy. Congratulations to IWC for a classic design that does not directly imitate the aesthetics of a vintage model.
Finished with a matching – and truly beautifully worked – alligator strap by Santoni and a matching 18k gold belt buckle, the IWC Portofino Monopusher handpiece sells for $ 25,400 for red gold and $ 27,100 for the ” White gold with slate dial. Large and in charge, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher combines IWC’s considerable mechanical know-how with their grip on a modern but classically inspired chronograph. High quality replica watches with low price!