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IWC released the Da Vinci watch in the late 1960's in honor of one of the greatest artistic and scientific minds of any generation in human history. Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. One of Da Vinci's most enduring fascinations was his obsession with the precise measurement of time. Of the revolutionary inventions attributed to Da Vinci, such as bevel gears, gear drives, and complex screw transmission systems, many can still can be found in numerous machines in modern day, including watches. His work on new escapements and space-saving spring drives in particular have become a crucial part of creating ever more complicated watches. Inspired by Da Vinci's revolutionary way of thinking IWC chose to honor him with the creation of the Da Vinci collection of watches. Several of IWC’s trailblazing modernization's have first been developed for the Da Vinci watch family, including the innovative Beta 21 series quartz movement for wrist watches that was revealed in 1969 as a dual effort by the Swiss watch making industry.
In 1985, IWC presented the first chronograph watch in the Da Vinci watch line featuring a perpetual calendar and display that showed the year in four digits along with a calendar function. The design of this perpetual calendar model of the Da Vinci watch made it the first wrist watch to include a gear train that transformed the vast distance traveled by the escape wheel into a single movement of the century slide of the watch. The complex mechanism of the Da Vinci perpetual calendar watch encompasses only 83 components and is exceptionally straightforward to use: the displays for the day, month, year, decade, century, millennium and phase of the moon which can all be set synchronously at the crown of the watch. The Da Vinci Chronograph watch collections and the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar collections showcases designs that feature 18K rose gold, 18K yellow gold, 18K white gold, stainless steel, and platinum.
Like Da Vinci, IWC constantly strives to improve and innovate upon its own watch designs, so in 2007 IWC opened a new chapter in the chronicle of the renowned Da Vinci collection by housing all Da Vinci watch models in a unique tonneau-shaped case, developing a new movement that was made for the Da Vinci Chronograph watch from start to finish in the IWC watch producing factory. This technology created a chronograph watch whose stopped minutes and hours appeared on a display like a traditional watch and could be read from directly, a first for IWC. 2007 also saw the release of the limited edition Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Kurt Klaus watch as well as the Da Vinci Automatic watch. The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Kurt Klaus watch paid tribute to one of the most influential and prolific watch makers the watch making world has ever known. Klaus worked developing watches at IWC for 50 years and during his time he is credited with some of the most enduring innovations the watch making world had yet seen including an easy-to-use automatic perpetual calendar that could be set using the crown together with a moon phase display that required no correction buttons. In 2009, another model of the Da Vinci watch was added to the collection; the Da Vinci Automatic Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month watch, which is the first fly-back chronograph watch with a digital leap year display, a digital display for the date with large numerals, and a perpetual calendar. With the huge case of the watch sizes varying between 45 mm to 51 mm, the Da Vinci Chronograph watch collections have been fashioned with eye catching designs that hold 18K yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold, following the contemporary patterns, the timepiece projects a perfect semblance of modernity in the watch. This collection offers elaborate options one would expect to find in a luxury watch including a fine leather bracelet, 18K white gold, rose gold, or yellow gold bezels holding diamond laced dials with 18K rose gold, white gold, or yellow gold Arabic or Roman numeral hands.
In 2010, the Da Vinci Automatic Chronograph Ceramic watch was introduced containing a perfect combination of titanium and ultra-hard ceramic, both of which are polished and satin-finished, and a 3D dial with a suspended chapter ring. Most of the later versions of the Da Vinci watch also featured a perpetual calendar function. Most of the Da Vinci watches introduced in more recent years have favored automatic functions.
The Da Vinci watch has been constantly evolving through years of painstaking research designed to craft a perfectly symmetrical and flawlessly detailed timepiece.