The IWC Da Vinci Chronograph (Ref. IW3764), containing the manufactory chronograph calibre 89360 features a number of designs that are unique in the world.
It departs, for example, from the classic measurement of stop times and intermediate times, in the sense that stopped hours and minutes can be read off like a second time display on the inner dial in this model. This user friendly and clever creation increases the practical utility of the chronograph quite decisively.
The Da Vinci from IWC, which revolutionized the perpetual calendar in 1985, made horological history. Introduced in 2007, the Da Vinci Chronograph (Ref. IW3764) opened a new chapter which retains its close links with the universal genius of the Italian Renaissance.
The Da Vinci Chronograph from IWC translates the chronograph logically for the first time into a “watch within a watch”. To do this, it converts its measured times in the hours and minutes area into what to our eyes is a completely familiar, analogue time display via hour hands and minute hands and makes these measured times decodable at a glance.
This is precisely what is concealed behind the central, generously dimensioned display circle in the upper half of the dial of the Da Vinci Chronograph: a watch within a watch, which makes the time measurable and available at the push of a button. The short stop times within a given minute are indicated, in the customary way, by the chronometer centre seconds.
The case contains as its mechanical heart the manufactory chronograph calibre 89360, developed by IWC. The round automatic movement with a power reserve of 68 hours, a newly developed double pawl winding system and the predominantly decentral chronograph mechanism with column wheel actuation, is an entirely new design based on the highest industrial design standard, Design for Six Sigma DFSS, which has been used consistently by IWC for some time.
A so called “robust design” was achieved in this way, in which every function and component in a closely networked process between design and subsequent production is inspected, tested, optimized repeatedly and checked thoroughly to exclude possible faults.
The automatic spring bridge already improved for the Cal. 80111 of the Ingenieur has been adopted from the ingenious winding mechanism design of Albert Pellaton. This is a central component, which carries the rotor and absorbs impacts from all directions. The pawl winding mechanism itself has nevertheless undergone a complete change.
Two double winding pawls, making four in total instead of the previous two, transmit the energy of the rotor movement to the pawl wheel through push-and-pull movements. A dead angle is eliminated during winding, and the efficiency of the winding is increased by 30 per cent by the new positioning of the pawls, which now no longer lie one after the other, but are arranged in pairs opposite one another on the pawl wheel. They are not controlled by the cam disc (heart) as previously, but by a crankshaft similar to that found in an automobile engine.
The index-free escapement system with a special, Nivarox balance spring produced exclusively for IWC exhibits clearly superior oscillation characteristics in return for a lower energy requirement and achieves a “quality factor” – as the relevant measurable variable is referred to – of more than 400, which lies significantly above that of most other high quality and highest-quality movements. Fine adjustment is effected via precision adjustment screws on the balance wheel ring.
For the first time, the chronograph movement with its flyback function, actuated via a classic column wheel, permits the indication of the aggregate time recording of hours and minutes in the familiar form of an analogue time display with two hands. It can also run continuously with the movement without any decrease in amplitude.
The IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Ref. IW3764 is available in white gold, rose gold and stainless steel, with a limited edition of 500 watches in platinum.
Model: IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Ref. IW3764
IW376401: White gold case, slate-grey ardoise dial, brown alligator leather strap
IW376402: Red gold case, silver-plated dial, brown alligator leather strap
IW376403: Stainless steel case, black dial, black alligator leather strap
IW376405: Platinum case, silver-plated dial, black alligator leather strap, limited edition of 500 pieces
Chronograph in a tonneau case with manufactory automatic movement and analogue display of aggregate stop times synchronized with the actual time, with date display and seconds stop function, hands and indices luminous, platinum variant limited to 500 watches
Vibrations: 28,800/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 68 h
Case, dial and strap
Three-part tonneau case in platinum, 18 ct. white gold, 18 ct. rose gold, stainless steel
Dial silver-plated (platinum), slate-grey ardoise (white gold), silver-plated (rose gold), black (stainless steel)
Glass sapphire glass, convex, anti reflective, see-through back sapphire
Clasp match the case material
Water-resistant 3 bar (30 m)
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 14.35 mm