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IWC’s Handsome Portofino Watches

IWC's Portofino Line Is Impressive

IWC Schaffhausen are makers of some truly amazing mechanical timepieces.  The Swiss watchmakers have spent decades perfecting their craft.  The watches the IWC creates are really miraculous little machines, with big power.  One very elegant men’s style is the Portofino, by IWC.  The Portofino men’s’ watch spells luxury.  It has some delicate features combined with a bold, masculine size.  It is a timepiece that any man would feel lucky to own.  This IWC is a self winding chronograph, with a mechanical movement.  When the Portofino is fully wound, it has a battery reserve of 44 hours.  Like I said, the case is a large 41 mm size, yet this men’s watch has a soft and graceful feel.  The arms and hands are thin and stylish.  The Portofino Chronograph has a strong, sturdy stainless-steel case, which is accented by 18 carat gold hour markings and hands.  The IW378302 IWC men’s watch comes matched with a beautiful brown leather strap.  Very handsome combination, but if you prefer black, the Portofino has that version, as well.   The black on black is a stunning men’s timepiece.  The jet black dial is accented with a stainless-steel case, as well as hour and minute markers.  The entire IWC Portofino Series will impress you.

IWC launches its iPhone app

The IWC iPhone app
Screenshot of the IWC iPhone application

So it seems many companies have caught on to the iPhone application craze. Many makes and companies have adopted the use of smart-phone applications to further their own business advertising campaign; and they have been very successful to say the least. IWC has taken up this challenge and it looks like they have done a really good job in producing a wholesome application that is sure to lure in many buyers.

For starters, the application allows one to access, on the iPhone, much of the information that is available on the brand’s website. Easy browsing of the watch collections is available through the app.

Moreover, if you are interested in the way specific functions work, like the depth gauge on the Aquatime Deep Two or the digital calendar on the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Digital Date Month, with a few clicks on the IWC application you can have a whole animation playing, clearly, but briefly explaining to you the intricacies of the watch’s functions.

The app also allows the user to virtually try out some real watches’ tool; like the winding up of the Portuguese Automatic watch.

The coolest feature has to be the one that allows you to see how certain watches would look on your hand. In a few, easy to follow steps, you can have your hand photographed and fitted into a template that places different model watches on your hand to entice you to buy the watch that best fits you.

Once you decide to buy, an easy IWC store locator will help you find a shop to which you should run to get your new watch.

IWC Makes Quality Timepieces

International Watch Company (IWC) has gained unparalleled respect as a premier luxury watchmaker.  The company, founded in 1868 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland has been wowing us with incredible designs ever since.  IWC’s flawlessly crafted timepieces have been enjoyed by many, and their popularity continues to grow.

IWC is best known for their innovation.  They offer many different styles of chronographic watches, such as the Pilot’s Chronograph, which features three dials for accurate time-telling.  The dials on this watch are bold and easily read.  The Pilot’s Chronograph comes with either a leather strap or stainless-steel.  This men’s watch is both handsome and highly-functional.

International Watch Company is also famous for their diving watches.  The Aquatimer is offered with the needs and wants of the professional diver.  This watch has fantastic under-water visibility and was born from decades of technological innovation. 

And then there is IWC’s Da Vinci line.  The Da Vinci is the most luxurious and sophisticated line of watches, coming in stainless-steel, solid gold and high quality diamonds.  This watch comes with an automatic self-winding movement that IWC developed and is, truly a work of art.

These incredible timepieces will put you back a bit, but they are worth every penny.  The care and craftsmanship that goes into each piece before it is introduced to the public is unmatched.  And if you need a real working watch, like the Pilot or the Aquatimer…the IWC won’t disappoint.  If you, very simply desire a high quality watch made with the utmost care, you cannot go wrong choosing a timepiece from IWC.

IWC Portuguese Grande Complication Watch

The IWC Portuguese Grande Complication timepiece is a fascinating watch of horological complexities and impressive design. It contains the self-winding 79091 caliber, the same caliber that was released by IWC in 1990. Some of its features include a chronograph and a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar that also displays a four digit century indicator. All of these intricacies required 657 parts to be put together, thereby producing a timeless watch, which IWC says collectors will cherish as a new aesthetic identity for one of the world’s most prestigious mechanical watches.

The theme of the watch tends to be of exploration, with an imitation of a globe, with the longitudes and latitudes, appearing on the face of the watch. The multi-counting features render it a watch of discovery and adventure, and the classy design helps it retain the elegance the makers had in mind.

In addition to all of its mechanical functions and design features, the Grande Complication also boasts a case that is designed to be water resistant up to 30 meters. In general, minute repeating watches are not water resistant at all, due to their vulnerable slide piece. But IWC has always been a forerunner for this important distinctive characteristic. Even the predecessor of this watch was 10 meters water resistant which was unlikely at that time.

All in all, the IWC Portuguese Grande Complication is a timepiece that requires much skill and time to produce and therefore, IWC has announced a limit of only 50 watches to be released a year.

IWC Schaffhausen Great Luxury Watch-Maker

International Watch CompanyVery few watch companies can compete with the prestigious quality and stunning craftsmanship that IWC employs at its manufacturing headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Collectors consider IWC timepieces to be coveted rarities. Discovering the company’s rich history and special role in the great horologic feats of the 19th and 20th centuries allows one to truly value the watchmaker’s grandeur.

An American engineer from Boston by the name of Florentine Ariosto Jones established the International Watch Company in 1868. Schaffhausen’s rich history in horology dates back to the 15th century, and provided a nurturing home full of skilled watch makers for the newly founded company. The original watch factory was located in the city’s oldest building positioned alongside the Rhine River, far from the watch making centers of western Switzerland. The city’s romantic scenery was untouched by the bustle and roar of the industrialization that had swept the rest of Europe. The only “modern” machine in the city was a hydroelectric power station that utilized the river’s water for energy. Ariosto decided to build the factory alongside the river in order to have access to the power station. This was revolutionary, as electricity was something unheard of in factories at the time. 

Remaining loyal to their traditional means of manufacturing, IWC continues to construct all of its watches by hand, utilizing as little machinery as possible. The luxury timepieces go through a fully manual assembly line that creates every single part of the watch. IWC does not purchase any components from third parties. The factory creates everything from the case material, to leather straps, to each movement out of scratch.  

In 1885 the company created the world’s first digital watch that displayed time with numbers rather than analogously. The Palwebb watch was created with the help of a patent by an Austrian man named Patwebb. The genius design allowed the watch to display time with rotating digits. Today, the Patwebb is one of the most sought after timepiece collector’s items.  

IWC also charters a watch making school inside the same manufacturing facility. The prestigious school has room for 30 students, and courses generally last for 2 years. The institute allows students to have hands on experience with incredibly complex movements. The school demonstrates IWC’s dedication to the art of horology. As maker of genius timepieces, teacher for the next generation of watchmakers, and pioneer in the field of watch-making, IWC is a brand whose legacy will not soon be forgotten.