It’s officially a summer of love (minus the dank humidity and soul crushing tube strikes) and to celebrate all things conjugal, the IWC Portofino collection has essentially doubled their style credentials. Welcome to the Portofino Pairings.
The concept of ‘his and hers’ watches is easy to imagine, but the execution? Somewhat trickier. In a world awash with matching embroidered bathing robes and ITV2, one could assume that treading into the garish would be a given with anything remotely matching – not quite so with IWC. As one of the leading manufactures in the world, this iconic brand underpins elegance with a sharp sartorial understanding to become the watch lover’s watch brand, and the Portofino collection is no different. Classically subtle and suitably refined, the Portofino Pairings are a riviera-worthy choice for any discerning couple.
The Portofino Automatic Black and the Midsize Anthracite make befitting monochrome bedfellows and are arguably the most classic coupling in the Pairings line. The gents choice (pictured above, right) provides deep impact with a largely uncluttered dial, a sizeable 40mm diameter and a 9.5mm thickness. Its counterpart is punctuated with diamond markers – a quietly feminine point of difference that doesn’t go too far into typical Aladdin’s Cave territory. A great pairing for boardroom-appropriate ensembles.
For a more colour-tinged coupling, the Portofino Automatic Rose Gold and its Midsize Rose Gold sister embodies the eponymous Italian region. Light, summery and perfect with that first (or fifth) glass of evening Prosecco, these clean and classic choices can compliment any wardrobe. The darker strapped men’s piece can easily double up as a dress watch for a more formal occasion whilst the ladies Midsize is a more light-hearted option with a delicate streak.
The most statement pairing lies in the Rose Gold Anthracite and the men’s Rose Gold Brown Strap – two pieces that combine a trio of style, elegance and prestige. The age old adage of ‘a frown to black and brown’ has been made entirely redundant with this pairing; a rich mahogany alligator only reinforces the bold black dial. Rose gold casings compliment this further with added finery available to the ladies (picture above, left) in the form of diamond indices.