Splurge vs. Steal – IWC Portofino vs. NOMOS Orion Datum

Splurge: IWC Portofino

When you think of the brand IWC, you may immediately think of dress watches. They’re known for creating understated and refined timepieces with a minimalist yet timeless design. But this effortless elegance comes at a price. The beauty of an IWC is not just skin deep. The brand is equally well-known for their extraordinary in-house calibers that, again, often come with an extraordinary price tag.

Splurging on a model, like the classic IWC Portofino is a luxury. The Portofino embodies the idea that a classic never goes out of style. Many watchmakers in the 1970’s and 1980’s developed increasingly bold designs. The Portofino, however, reminded us that there’s strength in defying trends.

Steal: NOMOS Orion Datum

If you’re trying to add a particularly special piece to your collection, celebrating a milestone, or simply want to treat yourself to a new dress watch, a model like the IWC Portofino is an excellent option. However, if you’re looking for a dress watch with a similar aesthetic but at a more attainable price point, you might want to consider the Nomos Orion Datum.

Nomos is a relatively new brand, first founded in 1990. Sure, they certainly don’t have the rich history and reputation of a longstanding brand like IWC. Still, in just a few short decades, they’ve been able to make some pretty incredible strides in watchmaking.

The Nomos Orion Datum draws inspiration from vintage dress watches, like the IWC Portofino. The result is a similarly uncomplicated and elegant watch with a modest yet classic design.

Also like the IWC Portofino, the Nomos Orion Datum’s charm goes beyond its outer appeal. It’s the first model in the brand’s Orion collection to feature a date complication utilizing their own in-house caliber hand-wound mechanical movement.

Two Watches with Classic Elegance

If your style approach encompasses the philosophy that less is more, the IWC Portofinio and the Nomos Orion Datum are both great options for you. Each of these watches was designed to exude subtle sophistication with impeccable craftsmanship from the inside out. With either model, you also get the power of an in-house caliber. Its the cherry on top of an aesthetically stunning timepiece.

For a dress watch that exists outside of the latest fashions or trends, splurge on an IWC Portofino or grab a Nomos Orion Datum for a steal. No matter which model best suits your taste and budget, either is sure to add a light, bright, and refreshing new look to your collection.

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