From 1970, whenever IWC have introduced something particularly revolutionary, it has been in the Da Vinci collection. This year, the new Da Vinci range has a lot of watches dedicated to women, and this is revolutionary for a brand whose slogan over recent years has been “engineered for men.” Two years ago, the Portofino Midsize collection targeted women with a few pieces, and last year, there were a few Pilot’s watches designed for “smaller wrists.” But this year, Da Vinci is all about feminine watches, with a video presentation featuring a cloaked woman in a Renaissance setting.
The Da Vinci range has seen different case shapes, tonneau in 1969, round in 1985, tonneau once again in 2007, and now we are back to the circular case, with its theme of perfection underlined by the “Flower of Life” engraving, drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, that appears on Da Vinci watches with solid casebacks. The Da Vinci Automatic 36 collection comprises a whole series of 36 mm watches, all of which feature mobile lugs that ensure a comfortable fit whatever your wrist size, and a three-wing butterfuly clasp.
The most exclusive Da Vinci Automatic 36, reference IW458310, has a red gold case and bracelet, with a bezel set with 54 diamonds. The gold-plated hands and gold appliqué numerals heighten the glitter, with the blue seconds hand providing a touch of colour. The dial design is based on geometrical perfection, with the date window in a circular window, and a narrow recessed circle on the dial providing extra interest. The crown has an interesting design, with fluting and a smooth cupola-like extremity.
There are other models available, starting from the entry-level IW458312, in stainless steel with leather strap and dark blue dial, at a super-accessible price of 5,600 Swiss francs. The top model in red gold with gold bracelet and diamond-set bezel costs 42,000 Swiss francs. They are all powered by the calibre 35111 movement, which is self-winding, with a 42-hour power reserve, and the hacking seconds function for precision in time-setting.