by Goh Wei Tjin
Throughout its almost 50-year history, the IWC Da Vinci collection has been keeping abreast with the times. Despite its ever-evolving designs, the appeal of the collection remains in the same: its elegant style and exquisite complications.
In 1969, the first IWC Da Vinci watch — powered by the Swiss Beta 21 quartz movement — was introduced. It had a hexagonal gold case, a far cry from what the collection looks today. Named after Leonardo Da Vinci, the IWC Da Vinci naturally embodies the same innovation and design prowess that the Italian artist and inventor was known for.
Needless to say, the IWC Da Vinci collection puts more emphasis on craftsmanship and watchmaking savoir-faire rather than quantity. Here are six of the outstanding and most elegant models from the collection.
IWC Da Vinci Automatic IW356602
Staying true to the original style of the collection, the IWC Da Vinci Automatic IW356602 is one of those watches that has withstood the test of time. Released in 2017, the watch has kept its classic design, while keeping up with recent trends.
Featuring a 40mm diameter, the watch provides a comfortable fit for both men and women. It sports a grey analogue dial with Arabic numerals and lancet-shaped hands. The rhodium-plated dial gives the watch a richer look. The stainless steel case also has an anti-reflective coating for maximum scratch-proof durability. Powered by the Calibre 35111 movement, it comes with a 42-hour power reserve and water resistance of up to 30 metres. Do get this watch if you are looking for a true original of the IWC Da Vinci Collection.
IWC Da Vinci Automatic IW458312
Going for a more casual look? Look no further than the IWC Da Vinci IW458312 automatic watch. The 36mm watch may be smaller than your usual watch, but it stands out with its blue dial and black leather strap.
Driven by the Calibre 35111 movement with 28800 vph, its silver-toned hands run with utmost precision with 42 hours of power reserve. The dial also features Arabic numerals with the IWC logo engraved at 12 o’clock. The IWC Da Vinci IW458312 comes in a stainless-steel case with a water resistance of up to 30 metres. Finally, the black leather strap gives it a casual yet stylish touch. Wear this to any occasions and you will be turning heads wherever you go.
IWC Da Vinci Chronograph “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”
Introducing the IWC Da Vinci IW393402 “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”, one of the chronograph watches in the IWC Da Vinci Collection. It features a flyback chronograph function with hours, minutes and seconds counters. Its silver-coloured Feuille hands complement well with the blue analogue dial, along with the silver-toned Arabic numerals. Slightly bigger than the other watches in the collection, with a diameter of 42 mm, the watch gives a solid presence as it rests on your wrist.
The IWC Da Vinci IW393402 runs on the 89361 calibre movement at a frequency of 28800 vph, offering an outstanding 68 hours of power reserve. A black alligator leather strap by Santoni finishes the sophisticated look. Limited to 1,500 pieces, this watch is a valuable addition to your collection.
IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph
Highlighting a flying minute Tourbillon, the IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph IW393101 will get you nostalgic about those days you eagerly wanted to have a feel of your father’s watch on your wrists. Enclosed in an elegant 44mm 18K 5N gold case, this IWC Da Vinci watch features a hacking tourbillon mechanism and a chronograph function with hours, minutes and seconds counters.
The automatic, self-winding IWC-manufactured 89900 calibre movement has a frequency of 28800 vph and ensures a 68 hours power reserve. The see-through sapphire caseback with arched-edge, anti-reflective coating on both sides provides an extra protection from weathering and scratches. Finally, a dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni completes the Da Vinci IW393101. This is definitely one timepiece that holds treasured memories as it is passed down from generation to generation.
IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
With a perpetual calendar, chronograph and moonphase functions, the IWC Da Vinci IW392104 represents the very best of 50 years of the Da Vinci family. The in-house self-winding, automatic Calibre 89630 movement, beating at 28800 vph, is responsible for its extreme precision. A totaliser at 12 o’clock features the hour and minute counters. Its chronograph complication with hours, minutes and seconds counters comes with a flyback function.
The 43mm platinum case with a see-through sapphire caseback encloses an elegant silver-plated dial. Fitting in with the silver-coloured theme, the hands, indexes and knobs come together nicely with the black alligator leather strap designed by Santoni. What’s more, the Da Vinci IW392104 is water-resistant up to 3o metres.
IWC Da Vinci Automatic IW356605
The striking lugs of the IWC Da Vinci IW356605 differentiate it from the other IWC watch families. The articulated strap horns ensure a very comfortable fit on slimmer wrists. Going with a minimalist concept, the IWC Da Vinci IW356605 features simple yet elegant silver-toned lancet-shaped hands, a date window at 6 o’clock, and large Arabic numerals against the backdrop of the blue dial.
It is nicely enclosed in a stainless steel casing with sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides. Its 35111 calibre automatic self-winding movement boasts a power reserve of 42 hours. Lastly, the highly polished stainless steel bracelet completes the exquisite minimalist theme. Surely, this watch is a classic winner.
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