Decoding The Complex IWC Da Vinci
May 18, 2017 | BY Celine Yap
There's more than meets the eye.
Radical yet elegant, complex yet classical, the IWC Da Vinci is not a straightforward watch. Just like how art is always subjective to the individual, it’s not an easy watch to “get” and it cannot be pigeonholed into one specific category.
Because the Da Vinci appeals to each of us in infinitely different ways, it is particularly apropos of IWC to have the case back of some models engraved with a symbol known as the Flower of Life. Embraced by Leonardo da Vinci himself, the Flower of Life is a geometric grid composed of overlapping circles forming an entire latticework of hexagonal floral petals. A limitless work of art, it is completely open to interpretation—just like the IWC Da Vinci.
(Related: Helping Hands: How IWC Schaffhausen Is Making A Difference)There is much to discover in every Da Vinci model. The round case comes with a two-stepped bezel that’s perfectly polished, but perhaps the single most significant design element of this watch is the set of movable lugs, which allow the strap to be seamlessly integrated into the case and yet affords the most comfortable fit on the wrist.Leading the collection in terms of movement complexity are the Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph and the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, the latter being a tribute to the iconic 1985 Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Ref. 3750. But it’s really with the feminine models that the essence of the collection—indeed, the Da Vinci identity—is rendered most palpable.
Overwhelmingly popular with female watch connoisseurs, the moon phase complication adds an undeniable poetic touch to any timepiece. In the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36, it combines its ethereal beauty with the consummate elegance of the dial, anchored by Arabic numerals and either blued steel or red gold hands.
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While the Da Vinci Automatic 36 does not come with additional complications, it looks perfectly poised to be the best-seller in the collection. Pairing beautifully with the Da Vinci Automatic men’s model, this mid-sized timepiece comes with a red gold or stainless steel bracelet that instantly lifts the luxe factor – if that’s what you’re after.
Casual everyday chic variations are also available. Think polished stainless steel with a blue sunray finished dial and midnight blue alligator Santoni leather, or steel with diamonds on raspberry pink leather—the choice is completely yours.
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