IWC has proven that they aren’t afraid to tap into their illustrious past to bring us some amazing watches. For SIHH 2017, it’s safe to say that they’re bringing out the big guns by completely revisiting their Da Vinci collection. Following inspiration drawn from the established Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar watch of 1985, IWC is bringing back the sleek, classic round case design for a revamped and revisited look. Perhaps the most impressive and mechanically interesting of the bunch is the IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph watch.
One thing to note about this design choice is the fact that IWC replica watches UK also plans on saying goodbye to the tonneau case designs that are part of the Da Vinci collection today. While some tonneau case fans might recoil at the idea, IWC claims that they are doing so in order to reaffirm their commitment to what they call “classic proportions the brand stands for.” Still, it’s safe to say that most of us wouldn’t have it any other way. One quick look at the dial and it becomes quite evident that a round case such as this is perfect for showcasing all the intricacies, functions, and nuances we love seeing in a perpetual calendar chronograph.
There’s quite a bit that goes into the construction of a watch like the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. As a matter of fact, IWC limited edition fake watches claims that it is their first watch to combine a mechanical chronograph function with a perpetual moon phase feature on a sub-dial in a new complication module. Besides presenting the wearer with a lovely moon phase display, it offers all of the required traits found in a perpetual calendar – date, month, day, and four-digit year display. And if that wasn’t enough, the IWC-manufactured caliber 89630 beating within also has an integrated flyback function thrown in for good measure. Not to mention a moon phase function that operates with considerable accuracy for 577.5 years.
IWC leather strap copy watches also pridefully packs in every kind of luxury you can think of into both the stainless steel version (Ref. IW392103) and 18-carat red gold version (Ref. IW392101). Both feature a 43 mm case that is 15.5 mm tall and delivers 3 bars/30 meters of water resistance.
Naturally, each model comes with a sapphire case back, sapphire crystal with AR coating on both sides, and a Santoni alligator leather strap. The straps are also tastefully paired with the dials – black for the slate-coloured dial on the stainless steel version and dark brown for the silver-plated dial on the 18-carat red gold reference.
It’s the year of the Da Vinci for IWC Schaffhausen , and of three new introductions unveiled at a preview in New York yesterday, two are ladies’ timepieces, with more ladies’ pieces set to be introduced at the SIHH next month in Geneva. The introductions are a concerted effort by IWC replica watches UK to strengthen the brand’s ladies’ collections, according to IWC creative director Christian Knoop, who says “We are consciously trying to anchor the brand in the minds of women, who account for a significant proportion of watch lovers.” IWC’s iconic Da Vinci line, first introduced in the 1980s, has not been revised since 2007.
The first of the two new ladies’ IWC watches Da Vinci Automatic 36 Ref.IW458312, in stainless steel with an intense blue dial that is a nod to a vintage ladies’ IWC. The company has been making ladies’ wristwatches since the 1930s; in fact, its first wristwatches were for ladies, since pocket watches were still the preferred timepieces for men. Although price points are not confirmed yet, part of the goal in this new model (of which there are five references), is to offer “competitive pricing,” says Knoop. The bezel of the steel model, shown above, is set with 54 diamonds totaling just under a carat. There are five references in the collection, including gold pieces with and without diamonds, and various colored straps, including raspberry and bronze. It contains the automatic IWC Caliber 35111, with a 42-hour power reserve.
The second piece is the IWC Da Vinci Automatic 36 Moonphase Ref. IW459308. The moon phase indication is also signature to the Da Vinci line. In 1958, IWC introduced a remarkable ladies’ wristwatch with chronograph and moon phase functions. The time function was powered by a quartz movement – a very new invention at the time – and the moon phase and chronograph functions were powered by a mechanical movement. The new Moon Phase model is 36mm wide, with a rose gold case and a brown alligator strap. It contains the automatic Caliber 35800, with a 42-hour power reserve.
The new Da Vinci models maintain some of the line’s original design codes. The most important of these, especially from the ladies’ perspective, are the moveable lugs that give the gold case IWC replica watches a snug fit. Moveable lugs are distinctive to the Da Vinci collection, and do not appear on any other lines within the brand. “We spent the most time in development on this aspect,” says Knoop. “Although the concept of moveable lugs has always been signature to the collection, they had to be completely re-engineered because the lugs on the new models were redesigned to be more streamlined – the older lugs were too long. In looking for a solution, we built 8-10 different prototypes, finally deciding on the one that we thought would be most contemporary and ergonomic.”