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In keeping with its normal practice of devoting annually to refreshing a particular product line, IWC brought out a totally redesigned Da Vinci family at this season’s SIHH. Of the IWC households, Da Vinci may be the hardest sell — unlike the brand’s aviation and technical watches, Da Vinci is, and has always been (with one exception), a means of showing off IWC da vinci by tw replica watch as a complications specialist. Stylistically, the Da Vinci family has more related to wristwatch design idioms that substantially pre-date the pioneering steel instrument watches which became so popular after the conclusion of World War II, and in addition, they stand very much apart stylistically from every other IWC family.

Those differences are not so much polarizing as they just are more specific, when it comes to whom they are going to appeal. But, I believe the Da Vinci family comes by its own identity honestly. For one thing, the layouts have importance and value in terms of what they represent about design history at IWC da vinci ladies imitation watch as a whole. For another, they have a powerful connection to IWC’s decades-long, avowed philosophy of exploring what it means to make”a pocket watch for the wrist.”

The very first Da Vinci watch from IWC da vinci line replica watch has been from 1969-70 and this version doesn’t have a whole lot to do with what the Da Vinci lineup has become. The first Da Vinci was a quartz watch, made to flaunt the then-revolutionary Beta 21 quartz movement, and the lozenge-shaped case certainly made it stand out from the crowd. The quartz Da Vinci evolved, as quartz technologies did, becoming thinner and more elegant — the one that you see above is a Da Vinci SL quartz wristwatch from 1977 — but it wasn’t a stage for high complications before some years later.

It’s hard now to appreciate exactly how revolutionary the 1985 Da Vinci was. This was a perpetual calendar chronograph, with a module made by IWC’s Kurt Klaus, built on a Valjoux 7750 chronograph base. On the other hand, the Valjoux movement was only a starting point. The perpetual calendar mechanism has been the first ever made in which all the calendar indications, including the moonphase, were coordinated through the crown, so that in order to place the watch you just had to pull the crown out and advance the day sign — the day, month, leap year, and year signs, along with the moon, would advance together. The only gotcha was that you couldn’t set the calendar backwards, but it was an unprecedented technical accomplishment, and in the mid-1980s, when complicated watchmaking was probably at its lowest ebb in the entire 20th century, it was a really powerful statement from IWC not just about its capacities because of complications specialist — that, historically, had not been its specialization — but also a statement of belief and faith in the future of mechanical horology as a whole.

The opinion that really brought home the point that IWC Da Vinci replica Watch was a competition amongst complications experts, was the very first IWC Grande Complication wristwatch, reference 3770. If you can find one at auction it’s among the most intriguing ways to get into a precious metal cased minute repeater, chronograph, and endless calendar with four-digit year indication that I can think of. The Grande Complication came out in 1990, and three decades later, IWC debuted the watch you see above, known as”Il Destriero Scafusia” (roughly,”The Warhorse Of Schaffhausen”) which included a flying tourbillon and offered a rattrapante chronograph. Il Destriero Scafusia was also based on a Valjoux grade — the hand-wound 7760, but one heavily altered its own mother would not have understood it.

The Grande Comps and Il Destriero Scafusia were not part of the Da Vinci lineup per se, but they had been very much in the same spirit: invoice pieces, both for IWC da vinci ceramic imitation watch and for anybody wearing them. At the time, they were not considered an affordable way to enter grande complication wristwatches (is there anything?) But rather, an alternate to this very small group of other potential candidates for making one — which, it bears emphasizing, comprised at the time only a small number of makers, such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, and Patek. They were distinctive in a way that appealed strongly to connoisseurs as far as anything else, actually put IWC about the map in a way it hadn’t been before.

Stylistically, they were also allied to the Da Vinci family — exceptionally traditional, rather more Baroque than not; that gave both them and the Da Vincis a very aristocratic air, and which was a significant departure from the exact restrained, even pragmatic flavor of nearly all other IWC watches in the second half of the 20th century.