Celebrating half a century is quite an accomplishment and IWC is in a festive mode as they keep ushering out new releases, showcasing their vitality. Today we zoom in on a limited edition “Da Vinci” model housing a completing new caliber movement.
In total it seems IWC Schaffhausen has a total of 27 limited-edition pieces hitting, about to hit or under wraps for upcoming horology fairs, before being on the market for sale. We recently reviewed the “The Tribute To Pallweber Edition (Ref#: IW505002) which you can read about here and the two new Portugieser models: “Perpetual Calendar Tourbillion” and “Constant-Force” which you can find more about here.
But today we zoom in on what appear to be a very traditional and standard looking “Da Vinci: model. At first glance it reminds us of last year’s “IWC Da Vinci” (Ref#: IW356601) with three hands and a date, but now with a sub-seconds instead and the vibrant white swapped for a gorgeous blue. The true novelty is hidden inside, as this is the first IWC to feature its latest in-house mechanical movement, caliber 82200.
The 40mm case is made of stainless-steel with a transparent case back that allows to view the inner working of the mechanical movement. Equipped with the characteristic horn lugs for a nice plump wrist fit. It has a setting-crown to the right-side of the case and topped by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).
Time is exhibited on a lush blue imprinting dial with silver white Arabic Numerals followed by smaller printed minute index markers with numerals for every five-minute increment. Christian Koop, the Creative Director at IWC says that to obtain such vibrant colored dials, they are required to be coated with up to 12 layers of high-quality lacquer, flat-polished, brushed and then imprinted several times. This technique has remained unaltered since its inception and usage on the historic 1930’s “Pallweber” watches, which IWC has made a reissue of for this 150th anniversary celebrations, as aforementioned here.
There is also a sub-seconds sub-dial at the 6 o’clock positon. Equipped with central dagger-style hands that are rhodium plated, just like the small hand in the sub-dial. The caliber movement could have allowed for a date aperture, but IWC choose to exclude it from this new timepiece design.
IWC Da Vinci Automatic ‘150 Years’ Edition
The “IWC Da Vinci Automatic ‘150 Years’ Edition” (Ref#: IW358102) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement caliber 82200 with 33 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Equipped with a Pellaton bi-directional winding system, ceramic parts to ensure an optimal water-resistance and the skeletonized gold rotor with an “IWC Anniversary medallion”. All elements among others that are visible via the exhibition case back. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the timepiece is a black Santoni alligator strap, secured to the wrist by an IWC stainless-steel deployment clasp. This is a limited edition watch with only 500 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official IWC website here.
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