Words from IWC:
“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 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” (IWC.com).
Sized at 40.4mm and water resistance up to 3 bars of pressure, main design inspiration of this watch is “beauty through reduction.” As a result IWC brought back the classic round case with articulated lugs that sets this Da Vinci model apart from the other IWC watches. Entire case is the simple polished stainless steel that is both timeless and elegant.
Following the design scheme is the simple stainless steel solid back. Holding the rear casing is the 6 flat-headed screws around its polished outer rim. Inside is the simple branding and specs with brushed middle section.
III. Dial, Bezel, and Crown
Da Vinci Automatic uses a simple and minimalistic silver-plated dial. As a watch that comes from “less is more,” its has a classic hour, minute, and second hands. Moreover, lancet-shaped hour and minute hands are gold-plated compare to the second hand that is blue colored, adding colorful contrast with the white colored dial.
Da Vinci Automatic’s use of Arabian indexes has a simple look with high visibility. Bezel is the simple polished stainless steel twin-frame bezel with a IWC branded crown on the side. Lastly, small date window adorns the 6 o’clock index, adding simple yet pragmatic functionality.
One of the most profound changes of this watch from IWC’s 2017 Da Vinci collection is the use of the Santoni leather straps. Exact strap used on this model is the black alligator leather strap from Santoni with IWC engraved pin buckle. In collaboration with the articulated lugs, this Da Vinci Automatic should fit comfortably and fashionably on the wrist. It is a premium leather strap from Italy that should bring timeless elegance to the wrist of both ladies and gentlemen.
Movement used on this Da Vinci Automatic is the Calibre 35111. It is an automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve. Calibre 35111 of IWC is a simple movement that has date functionality and 25 jewels.
VI. Conclusion and Pricing
As Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, stated 2017 Da Vinci line to be “bidding farewell to the tonneau case and reaffirming our commitment to the classic proportions the brand stands for,” 2017 Da Vinci Automatic is a compelling watch to purchase. Taking account for IWC’s brand value and the elegant design of this watch, asking price of 5,400 USD sounds reasonable.
Even though it is a 40.4mm size, with its articulated lugs, IWC designed this watch for both men and women. In fact, it should fit female audiences well as an over-sized watch. Overall, IWC’s claim of “beauty through reduction” has been paid off well, Da Vinci Automatic bringing timeless elegance to both ladies and gentlemen.