IWC Da Vinci – distinctive and elegant
The Da Vinci is back in the IWC range. The design reverts to the familiar round case
with the flexible lugs that make the watch fit the wrist so well and is now available in
four different sizes: 36mm, 40mm, 42mm for the chronograph and 43mm for the
Ideal for women
The 36mm is ideal for women and comes in several variations, including strap and
bracelet versions. Offered in stainless steel or 18ct red gold – a deeper and more
intense hue than rose gold – the watch is available with a diamond set bezel and all
versions feature an automatic movement. As an extra little complication this model
can be purchased with a moonphase placed at 12 o’clock. A particular favourite of
mine is the steel model with silver dial and red gold Arabic numerals, which gives the
watch a distinctive look that is very much an IWC signature.
The next model is the traditional three-hand automatic with date. This model is also
available with a silver plated dial and red gold numerals. There is also the
chronograph model and in stock we have the special edition Laureus “Sport For
Good Foundation” model in steel with blue dial and silvered hands, numerals and
dial markings. The case back also features an engraving that denotes it is a special
Finally the largest size houses the specialist models, the Tourbillon Chronograph and
the Perpetual Calendar. The Tourbillon Chronograph, with two complications in the
one watch, has a retrograde indicator for the date. This means that when the date
goes from the 31st to the 1st the hands flip back to the start of the date indication. It
happens so quickly, blink and you’ve missed it.
Surely the ultimate model in this range is the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph,
priced at £25,500 in steel. The movement is programmed to know how many days a
month has and when it is a leap year, automatically adding the extra day in February
a feature which astounded the world of watchmaking.
Flower of Life
The new Da Vinci has an engraving of ‘The Flower of Life’ on the case back of the
36mm model. This image was studied extensively by Leonardo and he produced
many drawings of it.
Prices for the new Da Vinci start at £4,450.00.
Written by Paul Millett