Last year, the Swiss watchmaker IWC has unveiled their first ceramic Da Vinci chronograph timepiece (the referent number is IW376601). This IWC watch combines extremely scratch-resistant, acid-proof and non-magnetic zirconium oxide (ZrO2) with polished grade 5 titanium.
The first ceramic watch case debuted in an IWC Da Vinci in 1986, but this is the first time that the fly-back chronograph is housed in a ceramic case.
Da Vinci Chronograph Ceramic Watch is crafted from a zirconium oxide-based black ceramic, while some other parts, such as a case back, a winding crown and two push buttons are made of ultra-hard titanium grade 5. This material, unlike the usual titanium, can be polished and satin-finished, which gives a luxurious appearance and a pleasant, silky feel to this timekeeper. The titanium parts also provide a color contrast to the black ceramic case. It is worth mentioning that the chronograph push-buttons are fitted with wear-resistant pushpins made of ceramic. Both, ceramic and titanium, besides being extremely smooth, they are extraordinarily robust and highly scratch-resistant.
The tonneau shaped case measures 44 x 52.8 mm and it is 15.1 mm thick. This chronograph is protected by convex sapphire glasses with antireflective coatings on both sides. As reported by the Swiss manufacturer, the case construction provides water resistance to 30 meters (100 feet).
In-house Made Automatic Caliber 89360
This IWC-manufactured self winding chronograph movement features a column-wheel switching, free sprung balance with 4 adjustable weights, a fly-back function and amazing 68 hours of power reserve with a single barrel mainspring. The automatic mechanical movement built on 40 jewels produces 28,800 vibrations per hour (the same movement has been incorporated in two last year’s models: IWC Aquatimer Chronograph in 18-Karat Red Gold and IWC Big Ingenieur Chronograph Watch). The impeccable movement is viewable through a sapphire-glass window on the case back of the watch.
The Extravagantly Designed Dial
The Caliber 89360 incorporates several unique design features. Firstly noticeable is the display of the recorded time. Unlike the traditional displays from the past, this Da Vinci combines 12-hour and 60-minute chronographs in a single counter located at the 12 o’clock position. A shorter sub-dial hand is used for hours, while a longer one shows minutes. At the 6 o’clock position, a 60 second counter is situated.
The special three-dimensional design of the dial is the final course in this visual feast. The attractive multi-level dial is easy to read, with silver hands that pop against the black background. It is embellished with IWC’s unigue textures. There is a round shape in the central part for even easier reading, while the layout gives a simple readability to the avant-garde dial.
The watch case is smoothly connected with a fashionable and high-quality calfskin strap, fitted with a stainless steel folding clasp.
If you are looking for an impressive combination of high-tech and elegance, than this timepiece from the Da Vinci Family can be the perfect choice for you. The retail price is $16,600.