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IWC Portofino Watch

What do you get when you cross a 140-year-old Swiss watch brand with a bespoke Italian shoemaker? That’ll be a set of intricately crafted alligator leather watch straps with handsewn seams and antique finishes.

The first fruit of a five-year partnership between IWC and Santoni, the shoemaker has designed the straps for the watch brand’s updated Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days.

The addition of a new in-house-manufactured 59210-calibre movement (many watch brands buy in their movements) and a power-reserve display - which will run for exactly eight days before automatically stopping - takes this former entry-level model to a higher benchmark in quality, and cost.

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Only 2,000 of the special straps will be manufactured, and your new timepiece won’t come cheap, but that’s the price you pay for a watch this special. (£14,700, IWC)

Photograph by Martha Pavlidou

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