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IWC Portofino Day-Date Chronograph 3783-02 Luxury Watch Review

Watchuwant is now WatchBox! Subscribe for the best luxury watch content. The IWC Portofino Day-Date Chronograph is a 41mm tandem of a Switzerland's top complications. Ask any collector what complication he uses most frequently, and if he's honest, he'll admit it's the calendar. And a quick glance at the sales charts reveals that chronographs take pole position as the market's favorite "marquee" feature. The IWC Portofino Day-Date Chronograph 3783-02 has you covered on both counts. While this versatile steel chronograph wears well in casual and formal attire, its substantial soul hails from the same lineage as IWC Schaffhausen's famed Aquatimer, Ingenieur, and Pilot sports watches. Add a measure of class inherited from the IWC Portuguese, and you have the IWC Portofino Chronograph Day-Date. The dial of this Portofino Chronograph is classically gorgeous. Start with a minimalist baton hour track crafted from applied rose gold indices. Now, add a metallic silver sunburst base. Finish the composition with a cruciform complication layout. The sum of these measures is a handsome layout with an upscale simplicity that would impress even Apple. IWC adds a few nuances to enhance the visual impact of the chronograph layout. While the Portofino Chronograph Day-Date is a true triple-register (e.g., hour, minute, second) Chronograph, the vertically-stacked chrono hour and minute dials are enlarged so as to dwarf the small constant seconds dial (at 9 o'clock); it reads as a vintage twin-register chronograph layout. IWC counter balances the small seconds with a day-date window at three o'clock. Like every member of the small but illustrious IWC Portofino family, the Chronograph Day-Date takes its case design cues from the seminal 5251: the first Portofino. A rounded case in polished steel, delicate lugs that thrust downward, and a minimalist bezel define an elegant overall aesthetic. A high ratio of dial to bezel puts the emphasis squarely on the main event within the broad and complication-rich watch face. Within the lustrous steel case, IWC fits its tried-and-true caliber 79320. An automatic winding 25-jewel chronograph movement based on the bomb-proof Valjoux 7750, the 79320 provides the Portofino with durability and precision worthy of an Ingenieur. Moreover, IWC extensively customizes this day-date caliber with a unique balance regulator, mainspring barrel, train wheels, and enhanced aesthetic decoration. It's a formidable combination of ETA consistency and IWC refinement. See this versatile and handsome IWC Portofino Day-Date Chronograph in high-resolution images on: Instagram: WatchBox Reviews Channel: Video and content by Tim Mosso