IWC Da Vinci

In 1969 at Basel Watch Show, the first Da Vinci (Ref. 3501) with Beta 21 Quartz movement made its debut. Its gold hexagonal-shaped case with gold bracelet immediately caught everyone’s attention. Undoubtedly it became the bestseller and the avant-garde as being a brand new collection of IWC.

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Ref. 3501

The first memorable evolution of the collection was in 1985, when IWC first launched the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. (Ref. 3750) This watch represents the comeback of complex mechanical movements. The round case design with articulated lugs, the perpetual calendar module where all the settings could easily be done using the “mushroom” crowns, and a relatively low price made it a long-standing bestseller.

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Ref. 3750

In 2007, IWC presented the tonneau-shaped Da Vinci with IWC’s first in-house chronograph movement. The Da Vinci Chronograph (Ref. 3764) integrated innovations—a chronograph that could be read off directly like a normal watch with stopped minutes and hours appeared on the display. In 2009, Schaffhausen’s engineers added the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. 3761). It was the first flyback chronograph that not only had perpetual calendar but also the digital leap year display with two large double windows for months and years.

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Ref. 3764

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Ref. 3761

Now in 2017, after ten years, IWC returns to the round-shaped case with movable lugs (which increases comfort). They also combined a mechanical chronograph with a perpetual moon phase display of the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph for the first time. The perpetual moon phase only needs to be adjusted once per 577.5 years. Aside from that, the Da Vinci Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph features a 44mm case with classic tourbillon, a retrograde date with a sports chronograph on a single dial. This time with the further-developed 89360 chronograph calibre (which is the brand-new IWC-manufactured 89900 calibre) permits the “hacking tourbillon”—a down to the second setting of time. As women occupies a large portion of watch lovers, female is the main focus of interest of IWC. As the name of the collection implies, Leonardo Da Vinci was the inspiration of this whole collection in the first place. What inspired him in different spheres such as mathematics, art, and architecture, was the “flower of life”—the harmonious pattern of 19 overlapping circles. IWC Da Vinci Automatic 36 (Ref. 4583), Da Vinci Automatic (Ref. 3566), and Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 (4593) all have the “flower of life” engraved at the back of the case that represents the code of beauty of these watches.

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Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (Ref. 3921)

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Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph (Ref. 3931)

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Automatic Moon Phase 36 (Ref. 4593)