Following the comeback of 1980s style, the round case with its striking lugs has re-established itself as the feature that sets the Da Vinci models apart from other Iwc Schaffhausen Da Vinci 89360 Replica watch families. The articulated strap horns also ensure that the watch fits perfectly on the wrist, while the minimalist dial with its large Arabic numerals and elegant lancet-shaped hands is beautifully simple. The watch is water-resistant to 3 bar and powered by the tried and tested 35111 calibre. The rectangular date window is positioned at “6 o’clock” on the silver-plated dial, which provides the perfect backdrop for the gold-plated hands. The blue seconds hand provides a colourful contrast on the dial.

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I will go out on a limb and say this: IWC perpetual calendars — especially the Portugieser variants, naturally — have for a very long time been among those truly complex and expensive watches I could see folks… well, actually wear. Not just in fancy airport lounges or events, but also in perfectly everyday settings, out and around — though likely more so in big cities of world’s wealthy countries than elsewhere. While that’s a statistically unsubstantiated claim, I will stick to it because to see a watch of these complexity on real people’s wrists out in the true world isn’t only fascinating but also, in a way, inspires one to see said watch at a slightly different light.

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For SIHH 2017, IWC has reimagined their Da Vinci lineup, foregoing the current tonneau shape for a more classic round case. The new IWC Da Vinci Automatic doesn’t hearken a lot back, though, drawing clear inspiration in the Da Vinci SL Automatic (ref. 3528) from the late 1990s. It’s an inoffensive bit that some will find an attractive and flexible wear, but it is going to probably not put the Da Vinci line on the radar of many who already overlook it. Perception aside, it’s a fun move from IWC to go from “Watches For Men” into a series of ladies’ bits and this “unisex” version. Whether or not hoping to catch a slice of a bigger pie will be effective for IWC remains to be seen.

Specifications

case

  • Stainless steel case
  • Diameter 40.4

    MM
  • Height 10.2

    MM
  • Water resistance 3 bar

dial

  • Silver-plated dial

Features

  • Date display
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Central hacking seconds

Movement

  • 35111 Calibre
  • Automatic, self-winding
  • Frequency

28000.0 vph

(3.88889 hz)

  • 25 Jewels
  • 42 hours Power Reserve
  • Côtes de Genève, perlage

 

Strap

  • Black alligator strap by Santoni