IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Ceramic Ref: IW376601
IWC’s Da Vinci collection continues its tradition of innovation in both mechanical calibres & case construction. Having offered revolutionary case construction in the Aquatimer Edition Galapagos Islands & the famous ceramic cased Pilot’s watches – the complication heavy Da Vinci Collection now receives its very own “piece de resistance.”
This new Da Vinci Chronograph Ceramic houses the mechanical self winding calibre 89360, a movement made entirely in house by IWC, an achievement visually celebrated by the case incorporating an exhibition sapphire caseback. The dial offers a date aperture at 6 o’clock but the eye catching detail is the raised tachymetre bezel that creates an unparalleled level of depth to an already substantial time piece. The finish of the dial mirrors the textile strap creating a sporty & contemporary look that is still immediately recognisable as IWC.
The details that sets this piece apart from its contemporaries is the combination of materials used in the case. The Da Vinci case has always been a work of art using layers of case structure alongside curves usually found on high end sports cars with highly user friendly chronograph pushers. The curvature of the case lugs furthermore makes it an incredibly wearable watch despite its size.
In this instance, the main case is made from brushed black ceramic – a light & highly durable material, while the crown, chronograph pushers & bezel are all grade 5 polished titanium thus moving away from the traditional dull grey titanium & also offering a mirror finished balance to the subtle ceramic texture.
Overall, a stunning work of art besides being a solid horological offering, the “Da Vinci Chronograph Ceramic” carries on IWC’s distinguished history of being a leader in the field of innovative materials while making sure the usually complication heavy Da Vinci line appeals to a newer generation of IWC fans.