This IWC’s line of watches is named in honor to one of the biggest geniuses ever – Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519). All wristwatches from the Da Vinci family boast tonneau-shaped cases crafted from platinum, titanium, 18-karat white or 18-karat rose gold, or stainless steel.
The Italian Renaissance polymath, Leonardo da Vinci, was far ahead of his time. He conceptualized objects such as a helicopter, a tank, a bicycle, concentrated solar power, a calculator, a parachute and even a diving apparatus. Some of his inventions are gear drives, bevel gears and complicated screw transmission systems which can be found in many machines today, including watches.
In the late 1960s, his revolutionary way of thinking inspired IWC from Schaffhausen to introduce a watch named after him. The first Da Vinci model surprised watch aficionados with a special quality that has remained distinctive for this family so far. Many groundbreaking innovations from IWC have first been developed for use in a Da Vinci. That includes the revolutionary Beta 21 series quartz movement for wristwatches from 1969, and a mechanical chronograph with a perpetual calendar and display that shows the year in four digits from 1985. Also, the world’s first timepiece in a high-tech case of colored ceramic from 1986 was a part of this line.
Today, Da Vinci family comprises five outstanding members.