IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is the manufacturer’s first timepiece to combine the double chronograph counter with Kurt Klaus’s moon phase system on a single sub-dial in a new complication module.
The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is housed in a smooth, round case with a slightly narrower bezel with its peripheral groove. The elegant case measures 43mm in diameter and 15.50mm in thickness and it is protected with a sapphire glass with antireflective coating on both sides.
The Schaffhausen-based watchmaking company offers two versions of the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. The 18-karat red gold model (ref. IW392101) features a silver-plated dial and it is teamed up with a dark brown Santoni alligator leather strap ending with the matching red gold folding clasp, while the stainless steel version (ref. IW392103) comes with a slate-colored dial and a sleek, black alligator leather strap also made by Santoni.
Underneath the arched sapphire glass lies a stunning dial which is full of information. As I have already mentioned, a chronograph hour and minute display are combined in a dark blue sub-dial at the 12 o’clock position together with the perpetual calendar’s moon phase. The moon and the shadow of the earth are displayed on a single disc and rotate beneath an aperture in the lower part of the totalizer.
There are also three more counters: a date display is positioned at the 3 o’clock position, conversely at the 9 o’clock position there is a day of the week counter, while a month display and a small seconds share the same sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. You have probably noticed that IWC Schaffhausen has adopted the large Arabic numerals from the round Da Vinci and there are also slim, lancet-styled hands.
The beating heart of the new Da Vinci watch is the new in-house manufactured caliber 89630 self-winding movement with an automatic double-pawl winding system that offers 68 hours of power reserve when fully wound. A look through the see-through case back reveals the inner beauty of the mechanism including blued screws, a red gold rotor and various types of decorative polishing on the bridges.
For the first time ever, the Swiss luxury manufacturer is offering presales of selected references from the new Da Vinci collection for a limited period. For more information visit their official site or call your closest IWC Boutique to order the new Da Vinci timepiece.