IWC, PORTOFINO MOON PHASE

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Poetry and aesthetics combined on your wrist: the display, showing the daily changing shape of the moon against a glittering, star-studded sky, is destined to send its owner into raptures, whatever the time of day.

The moon phase display is not just an aesthetic masterpiece – it also reminds us that, long before time could be mechanically measured, it was the moon that showed us the passing of time.

The stainless-steel version of the Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 with a silver-plated dial comes with a dark brown alligator leather strap from the House of Santoni.

The sun-­pattern finish on the dial reflects light in a myriad of different ways and makes the light appear to move around in circles when the watch is tilted from side to side, lending the timepiece a unique charm. The slightly recessed inner circle as well as the 12 diamonds add a sense of structure to the dial.

The timepiece is water-resistant to 3 bar and powered by the 35800-calibre mechanical automatic movement. The phase of the moon shown in the display can be adjusted using a correction button at “2 o’clock”. The central seconds hand is stopped using the crown and the sapphire glass has an antireflective coating on both sides.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

GENDER                              

WOMEN

MOVEMENT                      

AUTOMATIC

BAND MATERIAL             

ALLIGATOR LEATHER

BAND COLOR

BROWN

DIAL COLOR

SILVER

CASE DIAMETER

37 MM

CASE COLOR

SILVER

BEZEL

SILVER

WATER RESISTANT         

3 ATM


SKU IWC 459011

Poetry and aesthetics combined on your wrist: the display, showing the daily changing shape of the moon against a glittering, star-studded sky, is destined to send its owner into raptures, whatever the time of day.

The moon phase display is not just an aesthetic masterpiece – it also reminds us that, long before time could be mechanically measured, it was the moon that showed us the passing of time.

The stainless-steel version of the Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 with a silver-plated dial comes with a dark brown alligator leather strap from the House of Santoni.

The sun-­pattern finish on the dial reflects light in a myriad of different ways and makes the light appear to move around in circles when the watch is tilted from side to side, lending the timepiece a unique charm. The slightly recessed inner circle as well as the 12 diamonds add a sense of structure to the dial.

The timepiece is water-resistant to 3 bar and powered by the 35800-calibre mechanical automatic movement. The phase of the moon shown in the display can be adjusted using a correction button at “2 o’clock”. The central seconds hand is stopped using the crown and the sapphire glass has an antireflective coating on both sides.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

GENDER                              

WOMEN

MOVEMENT                      

AUTOMATIC

BAND MATERIAL             

ALLIGATOR LEATHER

BAND COLOR

BROWN

DIAL COLOR

SILVER

CASE DIAMETER

37 MM

CASE COLOR

SILVER

BEZEL

SILVER

WATER RESISTANT         

3 ATM


1. CLEAN YOUR WATCH AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE
Take a soft cloth and wipe down the band and the case to remove any dirt or dust. Soak the watch in soap and water (follow these steps) every couple of months to loosen the dirt.
2. SERVICE REGULARLY WITH ATAMIAN
Service your watch every two or three years, regardless of warranty length. You want to be sure and catch issues before they are a problem.
3. AVOID MAGNETS
Some of you may not be aware that placing your watch close to a magnet can negatively affect the timekeeping of your watch.
4. KNOW YOUR WATCH’S WATER RESISTANCE
Some watch wearers are not aware of their watch’s limits and take their watch too deep. If your watch is water resistant up to 50 meters, it is not wise to take your watch snorkeling. If your watch cannot handle the depths, the rapid change in pressure may prove to be too much for your watch to handle. If your watch is not water resistant, it can still handle small splashes of water, but it is best to avoid it. If your watch has a leather band, you will want to avoid getting your watch wet because water can weaken the leather watchstrap
5. TAKE CARE OF THE CRYSTAL
This is quite obvious, but it’s still important and worth mentioning. Take every precaution you can to prevent from banging the crystal of your watch against a wall or any other objects that may cause scratches.
6. KEEP YOUR WATCH BOX FOR STORAGE
When not wearing your watch, it’s best to keep it in the box it came in. By setting the watch on its side or on the crystal, there is always the possibility the watch could get scratched. The watch box is made to keep the watch safe and offers protection for the watch.
7. AVOID EXTENDED EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT
Sunlight can fade the color on your watch. Also, heat can shorten the battery life, so it’s best to prevent your watch from being placed in direct sunlight.
8. AVOID CONTACT WITH CHEMICALS
Cleaning supplies, oils, cologne and perfume, all bad news. Perfume especially can damage leather bands, weakening them and potentially causing it to tear. When spraying perfume or cologne, let it completely dry before placing the watch on your wrist. Your watch, like your expensive diamond jewelry – should be the last thing you put on when you get ready (before your jacket). When cleaning your watch, do not use powerful cleaners. Simpler is better.
9. NEVER OPEN YOUR WATCH BY YOURSELF
Leave this up to a watchmaker. Opening your watch can expose it to dust, dirt, and other particles that can get inside the movement, so it’s best to leave this up to a professional.
10. READ YOUR WATCH MANUAL
These steps will most likely apply to the care of every luxury watch. However, there are certain things that are specific to each watch and these tips will most likely be listed in the watch manual.
A luxury mechanical watch should be properly respected and cared for, rich in memories and in financial cost. A piece like that deserves our love and care – and these 10 tips will help your watch survive until you can pass it down.