The rose gold IWC Portofino Hand-Wound replica watch wins zero points for tripping off the tongue, but quite a few for style and quality. That, presumably, is why IWC chose to draw attention to its hand-wound 59060 calibre in the unwieldy name of this really rather pretty luxury watch. A real dress watch should be hand wound: because hand-wound movements tend to be thinner, and the ultimate goal of a dress watch, besides looking smart enough to woo a movie star, is to be thin enough to slip beneath the cuff of a dress shirt. On the back, the power-reserve indicator becomes part of the ritual of dressing: check the power, wind the watch, strap it on. Adjust your perfectly-tied bow, and step into your overcoat.
IWC is one of those brands that just knows how to do things right. For the Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic, it elected to remove all adornment from the silver-plated dial: so, while there is a power reserve indicator in the 59060 movement, you have to turn the thing over to see it. When you think about it, this makes a heck of a lot of sense. A power reserve register (eight days, in this case) is a very useful thing to have on a hand-wound luxury IWC Portofino copy watch, particularly one that doesn’t have a seconds hand. But including it on the front goes against the principles of a pure dress piece, which should be free of adornment.
I’ve chosen the red gold version of the Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic: you can get it in stainless steel too, but frankly if you’re in the dress-watch market then a little bit of precious metal is definitely indicated. This Swiss-made fake IWC watch is a boutique edition, too, so it’s got that extra hard-to-find cachet.