The high-efficiency IWC Portofino Chronograph replica watch does just that, adding functionality and a little extra style to the otherwise reserved archetype. These are all great traits, but it doesn’t mean you can’t add some complexity to the mix once in a while. The Portofino is known for its simplicity. The family of watches is all about pure lines, legibility, and letting what’s not there speak louder than what is.
What’s new is the chronograph complication. At 12 o’clock you have a 30 minute totalizer with the 12 hour totalizer down at 6 o’clock. A running seconds register at 9 and day and date windows at 3 balance things out. All are cleanly executed.
The time-only Portofino is about as simple as a watch can get. The best quality fake IWC Portofino Chronograph carries the same thin baton markers (with lanky Roman numerals at 12 and 6), a cleanly printed minutes/seconds track at the very edge of the dial, and a slim bezel that gives priority to the dial itself.
There are a variety of grained textures as well as the printing and the sunburst finish, giving the dial a great depth. Both dial colors are nice and look good with the red gold case, but the ardoise is especially handsome here. Looking closely at the dial, you can really see the level of detail IWC has worked into what looks simple at first glance.
As usual there is the Portofino engraving on the caseback, along with the IWC and Portofino signatures. It’s a simple, straightforward way to finish of a mens IWC copy watch that balances cleanliness and complexity.