Benefits Of Buying IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date Watch Hands-On Replica At Best Price
Well, as a result of this hour mark, even the oversized “12” numeral looks on its rightful place here.As usual, the chronograph features a notched bezel that operates the touch sliding rule.Its Breitling caliber 23 automatic motion is essentially a top-grade variant of the famous ETA Valjoux 7753 chronograph ebauche.Even being a COSC-certified chronometer, the motion cannot compete with the ETA E20.341 Thermoline quartz movement that powers the Chronospace SuperQuartz.However, if you can’t envision the very concept of a quartz-powered Swiss watch and are looking for a new Breitling, then the automatic version of the legendary Chronospace may be the watch you were looking for.The Breitling Chronospace Chronograph will be formally presented next month in Baseworld 2011 international trade show in Basel, Switzerland. There’s still no information concerning the timekeeper’s cost, but expect something in the area of $7000. Remember the fantastic old Breitling Chronospace quartz chronograph watch that was discontinued about 12 decades back? This season, the Swiss manufacturer chose to resurrect the favorite model.Featuring their iconic analogue/digital screen and powered by a super-accurate thermo-compensated SuperQuartz chronometer-grade movement, the watch has become a lot bigger. But does bigger mean better , even in this particular case?Form follows function. That’s the main principle of modern industrial design. Regrettably, that is no longer the case with Breitling. Or, at least, the Swiss watch manufacturer slowly but steadily drifts away from this principle with its latest models. The re-edition of the long-discontinued Breitling Chronospace is the newest evidence demonstrating the concept that each year Breitling’s watches become less of a professional instrument for the pilots and much more of an attachment for people searching for the bling stuff.
Well, as a result of this hour markers, even the oversize “12” numeral appears on its rightful place here.As usual, the chronograph features a notched bezel that works the signature sliding rule.Its Breitling caliber 23 automatic motion is fundamentally a top-grade variant of the well-known ETA Valjoux 7753 chronograph ebauche.Even being a COSC-certified chronometer, the movement cannot compete with the ETA E20.341 Thermoline quartz movement which forces the Chronospace SuperQuartz.However, if you can’t imagine the very concept of a quartz-powered Swiss watch and are looking for a brand new Breitling, then the automatic version of the mythical Chronospace may be the watch you had been looking for.The Breitling Chronospace Chronograph would be officially introduced next month at Baseworld 2011 international trade show in Basel, Switzerland. There is still no information concerning the timekeeper’s cost, but expect something in the vicinity of $7000. This year, the Swiss brand chose to resurrect the favorite model.Featuring their iconic analogue/digital screen and powered by a super-accurate thermo-compensated SuperQuartz chronometer-grade movement, the watch is now a whole lot larger. But does bigger mean better in this particular case?Form follows function. That’s the major principle of modern industrial design. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case with Breitling. Or, at least, the Swiss watch maker slowly but steadily drifts away from this principle with its newest models. The re-edition of the long-discontinued Breitling Chronospace is the newest evidence proving the theory that every year Breitling’s watches become less of a professional instrument for the real pilots and much more of an attachment for people looking for the bling stuff.
Some history before I get into the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date Watch. When IWC re-launched the Portofino collection a few years ago, I welcomed it with muted acceptance. Sure, IWC needed a slightly original yet highly conservative entry-level to mid-range casual dress watch that was missing from its collection. The IWC Portofino made a lot of sense from a marketing perspective but I, as an aficionado, want to be impressed with refined designs, new movements, tough sport watches, and cool technology stories. I change watches so much, something simple and understated just doesn’t appeal to me.
Since quartz it is a relatively thin watch. It is height is just 9.5 mm. Opposite to the less common rotating instant bezel on for example an Aerospace, the bezel of the A56012.01 bezel is a complicated calculation tool.The that the bezel of the majority of Navitimers can be used as a regular slide principle; the bezel of this Chronospace can not. The key indications at the bezel are cardinal degrees, by which it can be used as a compass. And farther it can be helpful in calculating an airplane’s rate of climb or decent, space in climb or decent and gas consumption (at a rate of 11 1/2 gallons per hour). Interesting isn’t it? However probably not very useful for the most of us.For many of the most appropriate digital functions of this watch will probably be the sign of the day and date, or the sign of the moments and the date. Although personally I enjoy the ‘no function’ function of the digital display much too. Besides the no function and the day/date function you will find the following options. Digital time, alarm, chronograph, 2nd time zone, and timer. Shifting of those functions is easily — but not too easily — done by just turning the crown of the watch.This Breitling Chronospace originally was supplied on a leather strap, a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet. Except for sailors I am not fond of rubber straps along with a stainless steel bracelet wasn’t supplied with my watch when I purchased it. It suits it well in my opinion, and it earns the watch wear very comfortable.
So that is the story of my thoughts on the IWC Portofino collection until now. I mean, don’t get me wrong, on the right wrist, the IWC Portofino is very handsome or sexy. With that said, I think I’ve found the IWC Portofino watch that, for me, not only helps the collection find its personality, but that also excites the watch nerd in me.
Inside of the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date watch (I know, the name leaves so much to be desired) is a new and really nice-looking in-house made IWC movement that should be really desirable for anyone who thinks of a watch movement as a cool little engine. While I am not usually interested in hand-wound watches, the presence of a power reserve indicator with a very long power reserve and modern operating frequency does tend to get my attention. Especially when it is packaged so nicely.
Obviously, some may argue that, set up as an expert time measuring apparatus, the watch just had to include an oversized dial with bigger than life numerals and ultra-bright hour indicators, but I don’t actually know why did they make the “3” and “9” so huge? Can there be some dark numerological secret behind this decision? What’s the emphasis on this pair of numerals? And why did they remove the “6” and “12” from the dial if it has actually became bigger than that on the original watch? (In fact, sporting nearly frightening diameter of 48 millimeters the brand new watch sports dial which is larger than the first Chronospace’s body!) Is the brand new SuperQuartz COSC-certified chronometer movement so large that they could not fit it inside a smaller body? I don’t think so, because the Breitling Caliber B78 relies on the ETA E20.341 Thermoline quartz movement, that is only 30 mm in diameter and also the Caliber B56 that ticked inside the original Chronospace was approximately 22mm x 26 mm : not especially small, either.Perhaps, they wanted to differentiate the resurrected model from the Emergency, Aerospace, along with the Airwolf that contain less bombastic dial designs. Or, perhaps, someone in the marketing department simply determined the “bolder” the design, the greater the watch will sell on the market.To my opinion, if you’re looking for a Breitling having an analogue/digital display, you’ll be much better off putting yourself the newest Aerospace model, which will be delivered in a 42 mm with 10 millimeter titanium case and provides almost the exact same set of functions. Or, possibly, the previous year’s Breitling Airwolf Raven Special Edition quartz chronograph that features a 43.5 mm stainless still case with molded rubber is going to be the ideal watch for you.And, guess what, these two models seem a lot better than this outsized thing.
People sometimes complain the modern IWC watches cost too much. It is true that some of their models are extremely expensive for what it feels like you are getting, even if IWC’s technical people disagree with you. Also, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date isn’t exactly cheap, but for about $13,000, I think you are getting a lot of watch for the money with a really nicely finished movement and classic design that will still look sharp with the right outfit 30 years from now.
IWC has sort of over-shadowed their Portofino collection for men by releasing a 37mm-wide model intended for women. While the 40mm-wide IWC Portofino Automatic is a slim classic for men, the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date comes in a large 45mm-wide case that is 13mm thick. The best part is that the movement appears to take up a large amount of the case which makes it feel like it isn’t any larger than it needs to be.
IWC has designed the manufacture caliber 59220 movement to offer the time with subsidiary seconds dial, day of the week dial, big date indicator, and power reserve indicator – all arranged in a balanced, easy-to-read layout on the main dial. There is an almost flat yet cool look to the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date which reminds of how some Ressence timepieces look. Yes, really – in that cool way.
In 46mm broad, the Breliting Chronospace Military isn’t modest, but the Chronospace never was (it also happens to be 15.6mm thick). The above mentioned Breitling Cockpit B50 and the Breitling Emergency II watches have instances that are bigger in diameter. The Breliting Chronospace Military does, however, wear comfortably, and also the “real guys” who wear it will find that the black colour of the case – as well as its placement on a strap enables it to wear a little smaller than you may think. Nevertheless, this is a big watch, and there isn’t getting around that. Those considering a smaller analog/digital Breitling should look at something similar to the Breitling Aerospace Evo (hands-on here).More good news about the Breliting Chronospace Military is that compared to another Chronospace models Breitling prettied up the dial a bit by toning it down. That means smaller 3 and 9 o’clock hour indicators, a more simple matte-black dial, and ditching the internal rotating slide-rule bezel (that really only works for the Navitimer in my view) for a very simple minute track. The bezel around the Breliting Chronospace Military is now for navigational purposes with its compass indicators.Dial legibility is now really great, actually, on the Breliting Chronospace Military, that is an improvement over the outgoing models. Even though the lume color is attempting to look like aged lume on classic watches, it will end up looking trendy. As much as I don’t need “professional” watches to be fashion-focused, people searching for this cool urban army appearance will find something to enjoy in the Breitling Chronospace Military in case their primary motive is looks alone.
The movement has a long 192 hours of power reserve (that is eight days) while operating at a respectable 4Hz (28,800 bph). Watch lovers will appreciate a lot of the minor quality details that went into the movement engineering such as gold screws on the balance wheel, a Breguet overcoil on the balance spring, and hacking seconds. The movement also really looks nice and, as a package, just works really well for me. I am OK that it is not an automatic, and that is a rare thing for me to say.