With the new Da Vinci collection, IWC Schaffhausen has returned to the round case that was so successfully established by the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar in 1985 and saying goodbye to the tonneau-shaped case. Furthermore the round case is linked to Da Vinci's fascination with the round shape. All new watches will feature strap attachments with moveable lugs without looking or feeling dated, lancet-shaped hands, Arabic numerals and repetition of round design details on dial and alligator straps by Santoni. In addition to all the other Da Vinci watches we have already told you about, a 40 mm automatic reference is also a new addition to this collection.
The Dial & Case
The new IWC Da Vinci Automatic 40 ref. IW356601 is fitted with a stainless steel case measuring 40 mm in diameter —just as its name suggests— and available either with a silvered opaline dial or a grey sunburst dial. This new reference follows all the design cues of this new facelift for the Da Vinci collection and is available on a black alligator strap or on a matching stainless steel bracelet. While we personally love sunburst dials, we think that the opaline version of this new watch is even more good looking. Featuring applied raised Arabic numerals and a small date aperture at 6 o'clock, this new IWC Da Vinci is extremely elegant and perfectly suited for unisex wear. While the grey dial version features stainless steel applied numerals, the opaline version features that extra touch that red gold numerals bring.
The beating heart inside the IWC Da Vinci Automatic 40 ref. IW356601 is an automatic calibre with a power reserve of 52 hours.
On the Wrist & Pricing
On the wrist, the new IWC Da Vinci Automatic 40 ref. IW356601 wears smaller than its actual 40 mm size due to the moveable strap attachment lugs and more like a 38 mm watch. Perfectly designed to be worn by a man or a woman, the watch is nicely done if you're looking for a simple yet elegant timepiece without breaking the bank.
Sticker Price $6,900 USD on stainless steel bracelet and $5,900 USD on strap. For more info on IWC click here.