The highly intricate design of the tonneau-shaped case opens up an entirely new chapter in the history of the Da Vinci line of watches. Da Vinci Chronograph, containing the mechanical chronograph movement developed by IWC, features a number of new designs that are unique in the world.
In 2007, IWC from Schaffhausen marks the beginning of a new and exciting age in time measurement with its newly developed manufacture flyback chronograph movement in a high-tech tonneau-shaped case and a glass back cover.
Depending on a model, the dial comes either in black, gray or white color. The charming dial with a vertical tapestry pattern features two sub-dials and a black-on-white date display situated at the 6 o’clock position. A 12 hour chronograph shares the same counter with a 60 minute chronograph at the 12 o’clock position, while a small hacking second is placed at the 6 o’clock position.
Both sides of its case are protected by convex sapphire glasses, coated with antireflective materials. This watch also has a transparent sapphire-glass case back that shows the inner beauty of 89360 Caliber. The tonneau-shaped case measures 43.1 x 51 mm, with the thickness of 9.3 mm, and is constructed to allow 30 meters (100 feet) of water resistance. The case construction incorporates a screw-in crown and two chronograph push-buttons.
The movement from the 89000-caliber family records seconds with the large central chronograph hand, but displays the longer periods of time with two hands on a single sub-dial. Thus, stopped hours and minutes now can be read off instantaneously and unmistakably as if on a second time display. This innovation has completely increased the chronograph’s practical benefits.
The Eye-catching Case Design and Various Materials
IWC offered five versions of Da Vinci Chronograph Watch. Three of them are crafted from stainless steel and there is a choice among the wristlet materials. The model IW376422 is attached to a two-toned stainless steel bracelet with a fold-over clasp with a push button, whereas the version IW376421 is smoothly connected to the wearer’s wrist with a black alligator leather strap with a deployant clasp.
The exceptional model IW376417 boasts an 18-karat white gold case and a dark brown alligator leather strap. This version can be purchased for a little bit more than $20,000. If you do not want to spend more than $20,000 and if you are at the same time attracted to red gold, maybe you can go for the exquisite model IW376420 which is housed in an 18-karat red gold case (the wristlet is the same – a brown alligator strap).
The Swiss watchmaker from Schaffhausen also offers a titanium version of this IWC timepiece. The model IW376416 has a titanium case, a silver plated dial and a black alligator leather strap. This piece of jewelry is produced in the limited quantity of 500 watches and it is much more expensive than the previous ones.