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HODINKEE’s Picks: Portofino Midsize Automatic Ref. 458102

During Watches&Wonders, IWC introduced three new watches to the Portofino collection, all under the Midsize label. Not only are the watches unique thanks to their classic sizing, at 37mm, their incorporation of diamonds further distinguish the line with just the right amount of sparkle. In total, they add 17 new references, representing a variety of colors, materials, and complications. There are a couple of watches that stand out to HODINKEE, a little more than the others, and the first of those is the Portofinio Midsize Automatic Ref. 458102.

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This Portofino Midsize Automatic features a dial of ardoise, set with 12 small diamonds at each our marker. The steel case measures 38mm in diameter, and just 9mm in height, meaning this watch should have no issues finding its way under a cuff. The diamonds add enough visual interest, with a touch of glamor, without calling too much attention to themselves. They are a pleasant discovery to be made with a closer inspection of the dial.

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The Ref. 458102 uses a caliber 35111, which is an automatic with a 42-hour power reserve and practical date complication. The date aperture sits at 3 o’clock on the dial, offsetting the roman numerals “XII” and “VI” to mark the hours. The black alligator leather strap provides a comfortable back drop for the polished case and sun-pattern finish on the dial. The watch comes together as a whole with classic understatement and refined sensibilities. The presence of diamonds adds a touch of modernity, challenging out definition of a masculine dress watch.

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Yet another reason we appreciate the Portofino Midsize Automatic Re. 458102 is the price. It represents the entry level of the collection as a whole, and remains accessible to a wide audience for enjoyment. At $6,050, the watch is priced quite competitively, especially considering the use of diamonds. The Ref. 458102, along with the rest of the Portofino Midsize collection, is available for purchase this fall. You can view the entire collection at IWC’s website, right here.

#DidYouKnow: To mark our 140th birthday, and as part of our #IWC Vintage Collection, we presented the original Portofino of 1984 in a new, more contemporary guise.
With its slender Roman numerals and moonphase display, the Portofino Hand-Wound featured the same timeless elegance as the illustrious original. #IWCWW

#DidYouKnow: To mark our 140th birthday, and as part of our #IWC Vintage Collection, we presented the original Portofino of 1984 in a new, more contemporary guise.
With its slender Roman numerals and moonphase display, the Portofino Hand-Wound featured the same timeless elegance as the illustrious original. #IWCWW

#DidYouKnow: After our #IWC watches had sold steadily for 20 years in the 34mm midsize version, the Ref. 3533 released in 2003, was a new departure: the case diameter was increased to a more contemporary 38mm #IWCWW

#DidYouKnow: After our #IWC watches had sold steadily for 20 years in the 34mm midsize version, the Ref. 3533 released in 2003, was a new departure: the case diameter was increased to a more contemporary 38mm #IWCWW