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About IWC's Da Vinci

By Caroline Suganda


A rounder crown, moveable lugs and a recessed inner circle on the dial… IWC’s Da Vinci has revealed its most feminine side with this year’s collection, bringing back the familiar round case of the model’s best-known iteration from the ’80s.

While it is apparent that Renaissance polymath Leonardo Da Vinci is the inspiration for this line, it was his pursuit of a universal, geometrically measurable principle of beauty that is most evident in the watch’s timeless design. The circle, one of Da Vinci’s favourite geometrical figures, determined the round case, each with the Flower of Life pattern engraved on its 36 mm reference.

Re-establishing its longstanding tradition of creating ladies’ timepieces, IWC’s new Da Vinci collection features 36, 40 and 43 mm dials in 14 iterations, including the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, a best seller that was a landmark thanks to its combination of a mechanical chronograph with a perpetual moon phase display.

What really stands out as the classic ladies’ timepiece, though, is the white gold number with a moon phase sub-dial and leather strap by Italian shoemaker Santoni — perfect for casual days, or if you prefer a dressier, more feminine option, go for its red gold version with diamond bezel.

IWC Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36, $12,900 and Automatic 36 in red gold with diamonds, $57,300.