The SIHH is only now coming to a close, and by now most of us know the big introductions for most of the exhibiting brands (or even maison, if you may ) and of class at IWC da vinci chronograph ceramic replica watch that is the season of the Da Vinci. The Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in crimson gold acquired some early vulnerability in December, but it’s a sibling in metal as well, and we’ve had a chance to have a peek at it, go hands free, and watch how it feels about the wrist.
From the numbers and concerning performance, it’s obviously precisely the same as the red gold version — 14.5mm thick and 43mm in diameter, with articulated lugs, along with the self-winding IWC da vinci chronograph laureus replica watch caliber 89630, with a 68-hour power book, three pub water resistance, along with a Santoni leather strap with a stainless steel folding clasp. The price is lower for the steel version than the golden version; $29,900, vs. $40,200 for the gold version. The aesthetics are somewhat more sober and pragmatic as well, although as with the golden version I think there’s a wonderful combination of design cues in the complicated Da Vincis of the 1980s and much more contemporary updates for this season.
The slate grey colored dial also gives the opinion a much more sober vibe than the golden model, and if you believed the whole thing in gold has been a little too florid for its own good, the steel version comes with a subtle but definite instrument feel that sets itself well against the ornately shaped case and lugs.
The layout, yet and unsurprisingly, is pretty polarizing; the 1980s-era Da Vincis were quite niche in this respect — much more than IWC da vinci chronograph platinum imitation watch pure instrument watches in the Pilot’s and Aquatimer collections, for instance. This, however, has been part of IWC’s history for a while — all the way back into the early pocket watch era, there’ve always been and less dressed-up IWC Da Vinci Chronograph replica watches, even although maybe in the 1950s and 1960s things were at their most utilitarian. The single biggest gripe thus far seems to be about the depth, which at 14.5mm is substantial; however after on the wrist, that’s mitigated considerably from the articulated lugs, making this a very comfortable watch to wear despite the raw numbers.
The motion in this specific example was working, but unfinished therefore we have omitted images of this caseback; more representative completing images will be coming shortly. Meanwhile though, the level of quality in the dial furniture really impresses; the handling of this moonphase display, quality of their palms and applied numerals, etc, are all terrific (since they should be in a nearly $30,000 watch, but it occurs a lot less frequently than it should you really notice it if it does happen).
It wears large, but not uncomfortably, and though the diameter is as generous as the depth, IWC’s done a good job making use of the real estate. And if we forget, the whole”pocket watch to get the wrist” thing has been going on at IWC at least because the Portuguese Jubilee Moonphase (aka The Most Beautiful IWC da vinci chronograph edition imitation Wristwatch You Probably Forgot About). That said, there is no doubt it is a beefy watch; nonetheless, in the event the aesthetics appeal I would suggest trying it on before assuming the diameter and thickness are deal-breakers.