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7 Interesting Facts About IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

Know why the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph remains a bestseller among other IWC watches with fascinating tidbits every IWC Da Vinci fanatic should know.

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Revolutionised Watch

Revolutionised Watch

Luxury watches have always been lauded for their outstanding visual appeal. However, very few can claim that they’ve revolutionised the way a beautiful watch should look. This is the very thing that sets IWC Da Vinci watches apart from their contemporaries. They don’t just follow the trend. They transform the standard of beauty in haute horlogerie.

It’s easy to understand why this line of stunning timepieces became an instant hit when it was introduced in 1969: it had that distinct technical beauty. From the hexagonal gold case and equally opulent bracelet down to the elongated hour markers, everything about this range screamed topnotch aesthetics.

From this line of fine-looking watches came what would be a genius creation that perfectly reflects IWC’s exceptional technical expertise: the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. Revolution Watches lets you in on why this particular timepiece should be in your watch arsenal with some interesting facts that make it a must-have for any avid IWC collector.

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Fact 1: A Pedigree That’s Designed To Be A Hit

Fact 1: A Pedigree That’s Designed To Be A Hit

When it was launched at the Basel Watch Show in the 1960s, the Da Vinci, with reference number 3501, quickly became a bestseller because of its striking looks that redefined the code of beauty for luxury watches. Such a design that easily captures attention was what would make it survive even the worst global economic conditions at the time. To hurdle such issues (the depreciation of the Swiss franc as well as the increased gold prices), IWC dared to introduce a collection that included Da Vinci classic models that watch lovers have loved over the years. From this collection, Da Vinci watches in steel and two-tone versions became instant hits – proof that no economic issue can put a great-looking watch down.

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Fact 2: Equally Stunning Cousins

Fact 2: Equally Stunning Cousins

The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph comes from a rich line of Da Vinci iterations that has captivated watch enthusiasts all over the globe. From this range came the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36, a 36-millimetre watch with a moon phase complication designed for those who want to express understated luxury; Da Vinci Automatic, which boasts a combination of style and simplicity for those looking for a classic timepiece; Da Vinci Automatic 36, a beautiful watch designed wicith women in mind that exudes aesthetic appeal with its Flower of Life engraving; Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph, a timepiece that exhibits IWC’s unparalleled technical expertise as it brings together three complications: a tourbillon, a chronograph, and a retrograde date display; and the Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”, an elegant watch that IWC launched in support of the disadvantaged children under the auspices of Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Being in the company of such visually appealing watches, no wonder the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph itself exudes pure beauty that only a true luxury watch should possess.

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Fact 3: A timepiece That Pays Homage To The ‘80s

Fact 3: A timepiece That Pays Homage To The ‘80s

The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is among the latest collection from the 2017 Da Vinci line. As with other timepieces under this new range, its design is a throwback to the iconic Da Vincis of the 1980s which had the classic round case. Taking inspiration from something old yet beautiful, there is no doubt that the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph perfectly matches the preference of those looking for new luxury timepieces with a vintage feel.

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Fact 4: A First Of Its Kind

Fact 4: A First Of Its Kind

Not only is the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph pure beauty incarnate but a true essence of mechanical complication as well. This is because it is the first timepiece from IWC to bring together a double-counter chronograph and a perpetual moon phase display on a small single subdial. You can’t miss both as they can be found at “12 o’clock

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Fact 5: A Perpetual Calendar With Outstanding Precision

Fact 5: A Perpetual Calendar With Outstanding Precision

The Schaffhausen-based manufacture has always been known for the accuracy of its IWC perpetual calendar watches. In fact, the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar itself instantly became popular when it was introduced in 1985. It was so sought after that it even became the company’s bestseller.

Adopting the same idea, the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph possesses remarkable accuracy as with the other line of IWC watches, the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. It is so precise that in 577.5 years, its display will deviate by just one day from the moon’s actual course.

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Fact 6: Models Exude True Elegance

Fact 6: Models Exude True Elegance

If you’re on the lookout for a timepiece that will look handsome on your wrist, the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is it. Just like the understated beauty of the equally popular IWC Portofino, the models under the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph are made to match those with elegant taste.

The red gold model, for example, has the lugs, crown, push buttons, and case dipped in solid 18-carat red gold. This is complemented with an alligator leather strap in dark brown made by Santorini, giving the whole watch a more formal yet sophisticated look.

The other model, a stainless steel version, has rhodium-made subdials and Santorini black leather strap that are perfectly in sync to give a distinct appearance.

Both models are furnished with a back cover made of sapphire glass that gives the wearer an inside look at the timepiece’s complicated movement.

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Fact 7: Comes With An IWC In-House Calibre

Fact 7: Comes With An IWC In-House Calibre

For this new edition of the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, IWC left no stone unturned to make it a genuine product of technical excellence. For its movement, IWC deviated from the Valjoux 7750 – a movement that powered the original Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronographs of long ago – to instead use its very own in-house movement, the calibre 89630.

This movement not only supports the precision of the perpetual moon phase but also powers the year display in four digits up to 31 December 2299. The century slide, however, didn’t stop there: it also displays the figures 22, 23, and 24 for the period of 2200 to 2499.

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A Feast For The Eyes

IWC takes pride in introducing to the world a myriad of stunningly beautiful watches that exhibit its widely recognised engineering excellence. From the classic IWC Portuguese to the sporty IWC Aquatimer 2000 and the highly reliable IWC Ingenieur, each watch from its expansive collection is a labour of true dedication and love for haute horlogerie.

Watch lovers can expect the very same principle when they adorn their wrists with a Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. Its visual appeal is so outstanding that admirers can’t help but praise the wearer for such great taste in watches. Expect to command attention wherever you go when you sport such an attractive arm candy as the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph.
Get to know the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in greater detail when you visit the IWC Schaffhausen website. For interesting stories and videos on IWC watches, check out the Revolution Watch website.