The IWC Da Vinci collection comes full circle in alignment with the brand’s DNA.
“With the new Da Vinci collection, IWC Schaffhausen has returned to the round case that was so successfully established by the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar in 1985. It means we are bidding farewell to the tonneau case and reaffirming our commitment to the classic proportions the brand stands for.” – Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen
The alpha: 1969
Hexagonal shaped case, with integrated bracelet, first swiss quartz movement.
The evolution: 1985
Round case, with integrated lugs for leather strap, perpetual calendar, mechanical movement.
The variant: 1986
IWC being the first brand to introduce scratch-resistant black and (then) white ceramic (Zirconium dioxide) case.
The retrospect: 2007
Re-imagination of the alpha from 1969. Tonneau shaped case, with Kurt-Klaus-developed caliber.
The new look: 2017
The Da Vinci coming full circle. A revamp, back to a round case reminiscent of the 1985 Da Vinci.
For the ladies – The Da Vinci Automatic 36 and the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36
Comparing the Da Vinci Automatic 36 and the Automatic Moon Phase 36 with the 1985 predecessors:
- The Automatic 36 and Automatic Moon Phase 36 are smaller and slimmer.
- They are more feminine, with rounded crowns and a recessed inner circle on the dial, referencing the Portofino 37mm collection.
- With aesthetic enhancements: gold cases, diamond-set bezels and alligator leather straps (in raspberry, bronze, dark brown and dark blue, exclusive to IWC) by Santoni.
- The moon phase display (where the gold or silver moon moves clockwise against the dark blue night sky) now takes centre stage on the silver-plated dial in the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36.
- The case backs of all Da Vinci Automatic 36 and Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 models are engraved with the “Flower of Life” pattern, emblematic of the watch collection’s new design philosophy and Leonardo da Vinci’s tireless study of mathematical rules to beauty and proportions.
1. Da Vinci Automatic
This unisex automatic model embodies the watch family’s design signature: a round (40-millimeter diameter) case, with distinct (and articulated) horn lugs.
Its minimalistic dial features simply Arabic figures and lancet-shaped hands. Available in two models: a silver-plated dial and a black Santoni leather strap and the other with a slate-coloured dial and stainless steel bracelet.
2. Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph and Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph
These are two other Da Vinci timepieces that feature newly developed IWC-manufactured calibers that innovatively combine and integrate complications.
The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is the first watch from IWC to combine the well-known mechanical chronograph with a perpetual moon phase display on a subdial in a new complication module.
The moon phase is displayed by a disc, partly silver or gold-plated, partly dark blue, which rotates to show the shadow of the earth and the waxing or waning moon below an aperture in the dial.
In order to achieve this, IWC’s watchmakers had to design the in-house 89630 calibre that powers the perpetual calendar’s other functions: the date, month, day and four-digit year display.
To the watch collectors, this one is for you.
In words that only the truest of collectors will appreciate, here’s the description of the unique Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph in 18-carat red gold, as a direct quote from IWC:
“From the name of the watch, expect an unusual combination of a classic tourbillon with a retrograde date and a sporty chronograph on a single dial. The further-developed 89360 chronograph calibre, the new IWC-manufactured 89900 calibre, permits down-to-the-second setting of what is known as the “hacking tourbillon” via a newly designed system of levers.
The result is a technically sophisticated and optically balanced complication with a clear, uncluttered design. The wearer reads stopped hours and minutes off from a totalizer at the top of the dial, while a central seconds hand shows elapsed seconds. The flying tourbillon is positioned below at “6 o’clock” and on the left-hand side, the gently curved arc of the retrograde date display almost visually connects one complication with the other.
Apart from this, the pallet lever and escape wheel were manufactured with the use of diamond shell technology for the first time. This involves a diamond coating that reduces friction, thus generating a higher output of energy.”
All images courtesy of IWC