Demographic studies show that motorcyclists are most often men with about 9 out of every 10 riders being male. For this reason, I looked among premium watch brands with a masculine character when thinking of what would be a great timepiece to pair with a BMW Motorcycle.

Now, clearly, different BMW Motorcycles have distinctly different characters themselves so, I decided to choose one bike in particular.


Something elegant. Something that was both modern but also timeless. Something cool with presence. The R nineT surely fits that description. The motorcycle which takes its inspiration from the R90 of the past is also contemporary in many ways. It is a machine with sophistication but it adorns a graceful design.

IWC Schaffhausen, a manufacturer of premium men’s watches, produces what I feel is the perfect, complimentary piece for the R nineT rider.

The IWC Portofino Automatic.

The watch is elegant in its design yet utilizes a sophisticated mechanism within its casing. At 40mm with the black alligator strap, the watch casing isn’t oversized and with the absence of a metal band it is ideally unobtrusive whilst operating a motorcycle. It also bears a very thin case which too contributes to its conduciveness to this particular purpose. The Portofino Automatic is distinctly classy which makes it an excellent pairing for such a premium motorcycle.

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