Pre-SIHH 2018 – Hands-On with the IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition 150 Years (With new In-House Calibre)

Pre-SIHH 2018 – Hands-On with the IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition 150 Years (With new In-House Calibre)

As you’ve no uncertainty seen or heard as of now, IWC Schaffhausen is turning 150 one year from now and we’re told the Swiss watch maker has some beautiful significant festivals arranged. These incorporate the uncovering of an extraordinary Jubilee assortment at SIHH 2018, comprising a bewildering 27 restricted edition models. Among them will be this flawlessly refined IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition 150 Years we’re taking a gander at today.

Unusually for a Swiss watch brand, IWC was not set up by European or English authors, but instead by an American watchmaking pioneer named Florentine Ariosto Jones. By making his company in Schaffhausen in 1868, Mr. Jones tried to combine gifted Swiss craftsmanship with American assembling innovation to make the best pocket watches of his time.

Fast-forward 150 years and IWC is currently a watch producing force to be reckoned with, liable for various well known models. In view of the extraordinary see we had of the 150th Anniversary assortment, I believe it’s protected to accept that we will add various new watches to that ‘mainstream’ list in the following not many months. One thing every one of them will share for all intents and purpose – stylishly talking, in any event – is a dazzling white or blue engraved dial.

According to Christian Knoop, Creative Director at IWC, accomplishing the perfect impact requires a long and complex interaction, during which the dials are covered with up to 12 layers of great veneer, level cleaned, brushed and afterward engraved a few times. Obviously, the plan of the dials and hands are propelled to some degree by the plated dials utilized for the memorable Pallweber looks just as the primary Portugieser models, Reference IW325, from 1939. As you can see from the pictures, the Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW358102) we got our hands on highlights an alluring blue dial with the previously mentioned lacquered finish, white printed records and numerals, and rhodium-plated hands. It is housed in a 40.4mm x 12.1mm treated steel case with the brand name enunciated carries that assist it with sitting comfortably on the wrist and matched with a brilliantly delicate dark croc cowhide lash by Santoni.

At first look, you may believe that this is only a blue enamel dial variation of the revived IWC Da Vinci Automatic dispatched at SIHH 2017 yet there is a whole other world to the story than that. The enormous giveaway, obviously, is the little seconds sub-dial at “6 o’clock”. The models delivered recently totally had a focal seconds show however that is on the grounds that they were controlled by IWC’s Caliber 35111, which is apparently founded on a Sellita SW-300 development. This uncommon, 150th Anniversary edition of the Da Vinci Automatic, notwithstanding, is the primary watch to include the new IWC-fabricated 82200 calibre.

Visible through the sapphire caseback, the recently created IWC-produced 82200 type is an automatic development with Pellaton winding and little hacking seconds. Furnished with 33 gems and working at 4hz, it offers a maximum force hold of 60 hours. Components in the framework subject to articulated pressure, like the pawls or the cam, are made of essentially sans wear ceramic. Albeit not extravagantly completed, the development is pleasantly embellished with round graining and Geneva stripes, while the rotor is skeletonised and highlights the “150 years” insignia.

Soon to be accessible in a restricted edition of 500 watches, the IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW358102) is ostensibly one of the most delightful Da Vinci models we’ve found in quite a while. There’s only something about the shortfall of a date window, the little seconds at 6 o’clock and obviously that dazzling blue-lacquered dial that truly integrates this watch pleasantly. Cost will be set at EUR 8,900. More on iwc.com .


Technical determinations – IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition 150 years

  • Case: 40.4mm breadth x 12.1mm stature – hardened steel case – sapphire gem with twofold sided AR covering – sapphire caseback –  3 ATM/30 m water resistant
  • Movement: IWC-made type 82200 automatic development – 60h power hold – 28,800 vibrations/h – 33 gems – hours, minutes, seconds
  • Strap: black croc calfskin lash by Santoni
  • Price: EUR 8,900
  • Reference: IW358102
  • Limited edition