IWC’s Notable New Watch Takes Its Shape from the Brand’s Original Da Vinci Model

Fans of perpetual-calendar chronographs will find the timepiece has plenty of upgrades to go round…

Fans of the original IWC Da Vinci—the watch that democratized the elite perpetual-calendar chronograph complication back in the 1980s—will be heartened to hear the company is releasing a newly redesigned Da Vinci in its original round shape. This edition, however, features a completely manufacture-made movement equipped with the sliding-pinion chronograph base the company introduced in 2006 and a modified version of former technical director Kurt Klaus’s famous crown-adjustable perpetual calendar with year display. Special accommodation had to be made for a moon-phase display, which sits inside the hour and minute counters at 12 o’clock. With all of these upgrades, the IWC Da Vinci in rose gold ($45,000, iwc.com) is as disruptive to the other elite perpetual-calendar chronographs on the market as was the original.

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