This model is housed in an imposing 18-carat red gold case measuring 44 millimetres in diameter and 17 millimetres in height. Its designers placed the tourbillon where the fourth wheel was originally positioned: at “6 o’clock”. The chronograph subdial remains at “12 o’clock”. In the retrograde date display, which stretches along a gentle arc on the left-hand side of the dial, the hand jumps back automatically to the 1st of the month after the 31st of the previous month. The Iwc Da Vinci Weissgold Replica-manufactured 89900 calibre allows the time to be set precisely to the second with the help of the hacking tourbillon. The pallet and escape wheel are made from diamond-coated silicon. This provides an extremely hard surface with good surface slip, reducing friction and therefore wear. This reduced friction also compensates for the increased amount of power consumed by the tourbillon, allowing the original power reserve of 68 hours to be maintained. On the reverse side of this watch, which is water-resistant to 3 bar, the see-through sapphire-glass back offers a fascinating view of the sophisticated design of the 89900 calibre.
I will go out on a limb and say this: IWC perpetual calendars — notably the Portugieser versions, naturally — have for a very long time been among those genuinely complicated and expensive watches that I could observe people… well, really wear. Not only in fancy airport lounges or even events, but also in perfectly everyday settings, out and around — though likely more so in big cities of planet’s rich countries than elsewhere. While that is a statistically unsubstantiated claim, I’ll stick to it as to observe a watch of these complexity on actual people’s wrists out in the true world isn’t only fascinating but also, in a manner, compels one to view said watch in a slightly different light.
It does place a question in my mind, however – what designer believed that this was the right place to set the date window in? It is simply jarring. Not that it’s at 6 o’clock, but the fact that it doesn’t follow with the circle that the numeral indices are generating. Even if they had aligned the top edge of the date window with the line drawn from the tops of the 7 and the 5, then I could maybe let it slide. But this… this doesn’t seem to me like the refinement I hope of a luxury watch. It causes it to look like a case that has been fitted with too little of a motion, leading to the date window being too much inward. While I’m certainly a fan of classic dress watches, and I really do feel that IWC has had some intriguing designs, for my personal tastes the new IWC Da Vinci Automatic leaves me somewhat ambivilent. Who knows, maybe that date window position is something taken over from a different classic reference, but that’s a detail which should have maybe been redone. On the other hand, should that detail not bother you, you will be able to pick up your own IWC Da Vinci Automatic for $5,400 on leather with silver dial or $6,400 on a bracelet with slate dial.
- Red gold case
- Diameter 44.0MM
- Height 16.9MM
- Water resistance 3 bar
- Silver-plated dial
- Flying minute tourbillon
- Hacking tourbillon mechanisme
- Chronograph function with hours, minutes and seconds
- Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock
- Flyback function
- Retrograde date display
- Sapphire glass, arched-edge, antireflective coating on both sides
- 89900 Calibre
- Automatic, self-winding
- 42 Jewels
- 68 hours Power Reserve
- IWC-manufactured movement
- Côtes de Genève, perlage
- Dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni
Calibre Family 89000
The 89000-calibre family includes powerful chronograph movements with flyback function, which are used, for example, for the big digital date and month displays or for watches that display stopped hours and minutes on a subdial.
The soft appearance of the employed gold indices contrast somewhat attractively against the sharp, angular, pointy palms – a subtle but striking detail. IWC’s a few thirty-plus years of expertise in designing equally feature-packed dials reveals in the way the silver-plated dial lacks any outstanding patterns or texture, functioning as a soft-glowing backdrop that allows all other nicely separated components to stand out, enhancing legibility and easing on aesthetic overload. The year window above 7 o’clock is obviously more for bragging rights compared to anything else — whether it were to make watchmakers’ lives simpler to place the perpetual functions of the movement it could nevertheless be concealed by the dial itself. But IWC even goes so far as to state that they already “supply the century slide bearing the figures 22, 23, and 24 for the years 2200 into 2499 – you know, just if manufacturing technologies in 2247 would not permit for the making of this little slice.
top quality iwc replica watches Perpetual calendar
The perpetual calendar is one of the most fascinating haute horlogerie complications. Originally developed by former chief designer Kurt Klaus and continuously improved since then, it is mechanically programmed for 577 years.
This can be an IWC altered Selita SW300-1 that operates at 28,800A/h (4Hz) also features 42 hours of power reserve. It’s a robust choice for a movement that’s truly serviceable with a reliable history. Strong, inoffensive, and dependable, the motion is essentially like the watch itself. No, it isn’t the biggest release of SIHH. It is not a million-dollar split-second chronograph or a deep, exceptionally complicated look in the cosmos either. The IWC Da Vinci Automatic watch is a timepiece that remains true to tradition and offers a no-frills check into the brand’s past together with their hopes for the future. What IWC brings to the table here is an appealing option for both women and men, and it is going to be interesting to see if its versatility can dictate a really universal experience for anybody that finds it fascinating enough to pick up. The IWC Da Vinci Automatic may be had for a price of $5,400 on leather with a silver-plated dial or $6,400 on a bracelet with slate colored dial.