IWC has reintroduced its Da Vinci set, a 1980s icon with a tonneau-shaped case that’s been re-tailored for girls in a 36mm around event.
Characterised by round cases, round crowns, round diamonds, round bezels, a round date window, rounded lugs and a round Moon phase display, the accent is most definitely circular in nature.
The IWC watches Da Vinci Automatic 36mm stainless steel and diamond watch is presented on a raspberry-coloured alligator leather strap by Santoni (Number 9,250).
Leonardo da Vinci is invoked from the title of this collection, a reference to the classical mood of this watch along with the artist’s lifelong pursuit of perfect beauty and harmonious proportions.
Da Vinci Automatic reddish gold and diamond watch
The IWC Da Vinci Automatic 36mm red gold watch is set with 54 white diamonds on the bezel and comes on a reddish gold link bracelet (#31,500).
Readily available in four variations — three in stainless steel and one in red gold — the revamped Da Vinci Automatic steel models reflect the current tendency for much more accessibly priced watches.
The gold model, place with 54 pure diamonds and presented on a gold link bracelet, is the most lavish of the four, but do not forget the stainless steel version, additionally set with 54 diamonds and introduced on a vibrant cherry Santoni alligator strap.
The automatic movement, which gives life to the hours, minutes, central seconds and date, features a central hacking function that stops the moments hand when setting the time.
Three new 36mm Moon Phase versions, crafted in red gold and stainless steel, insert this delightful and very womanly complication to the watch, positioned in a round aperture in the top half of the dial.
All the watches feature newly redesigned lugs with transferring horns that allow the strap to adapt perfectly to any wrist size.
Accustomed as we are to IWC’s male-dominated watch collections and stalls with airplanes, racing cars along with other boys’ toys, it was a very nice surprise to be met with an Italian-inspired set adorned with Corinthian columns and a large Flower of Life figure in pride of place in the SIHH salon at Geneva.
A geometrical figure composed of overlapping bands, the Flower of Life has been known to philosophers and artists since time immemorial and has been considered an example of sacred geometry. Leonardo da Vinci studied the Flower of Life and made numerous drawings of this figure in his search for beauty and proportion.
Paying homage to the symbol, all the 36mm models of this new Da Vinci collection include an engraving of the Flower of Life on the caseback.
The Flower of Life, featuring on the rear of IWC’s Da Vinci watches, was proven to philosophers and musicians since time immemorial and has been considered an example of sacred geometry.
The renowned Italian leather firm Santoni is the official supplier of IWC’s leather straps and, in the case of the Da Vinci collection, contemporary colors like raspberry, bronze and dark blue are developed especially for IWC.