IWC revealed its latest gentleman's watch, the the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days, to fans and friends in Singapore at Malmaison by The Hour Glass. The timepiece is a collaborative effort with luxury Italian shoemaker Santoni, who provided the handcrafted leather straps.
At the evening launch event, the classic elegance of the Portofino Hand-Wound and the beauty of the watch straps was complemented with installations of Santoni shoes on display. The combined display of timepiece and footwear brought home the unique union between the renowned watchmaker and bespoke shoemaker.
A Santoni craftsman was also on hand at the event to demonstrate the craft of anticatura - the painstaking process where dye is applied on the leather one finger rub at a time, creating a beautifully subtle layering of color. It takes an experienced craftsman more than a week to apply multiple coats of paint on the Portofino watchstrap. The result is a watchstrap with a vintage feel and depth of hue; a nice touch can be found on the underside of the Portofino Hand-Wound strap, which is in the signature Santoni orange.
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The Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days is offered in a red-gold case with slate-grey colored dial and a dark brown alligator leather strap; and a stainless steel case, in a black dial with a dark brown strap or silvered dial and a brown strap. The timepiece marks the beginning of a five-year partnership between IWC and Santoni.