IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Tourbillon

This exceptional timepiece was unveiled in 1999 to celebrate the arrival of third millennium.

Back in 1985, IWC designer Hano Burtscher discovered sketches made by Leonardo in 1499 for the circular fortifications at the harbour of Piombino and found his inspiration for the first Da Vinci chronograph. The result was a watch that stands out on anyone’s wrist: reliable, built, it seems, to last for an eternity, but with a complex, almost filigree mechanical movement that continues to set standards.

At the heart of the Da Vinci Tourbillon special edition, is the intricate device from which the watch takes its name and it was the part of the watch developed to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary, “Il Destriero Scafusia”.

The tourbillon was developed to counterbalance the one-sided effects of gravity on the precision of top quality mechanical watches, and remains one of the most exacting challenges to the watchmaker’s skills. The way in which IWC took on and surmounted this particular challenge continues to fascinate watch lovers all over the world. The minute tourbillon alone consists of almost 100 parts and yet weighs just 0.3 gm.

The perpetual calendar is programmed up to the year 2499. To provide the owner with an unimpeded view of this micromechanical masterpiece at work, the Da Vinci Tourbillon – unlike the standard Da Vinci and the Da Vinci split seconds chronograph – is fitted with a sapphire glass back.

Other differences include the hand-wound IWC 76061 calibre movement and the tiny word “Tourbillon” in the date display circle.

IWC produced the Da Vinci Tourbillon watches between 1999 and 2004, in limited editions of 200 pieces in 18K yellow gold and 50 pieces in platinum.

During this period, the brand also launched the Quattro Stagioni (four seasons) variant and the Leonardo series.

The IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Four Seasons model features a solid-gold dial with Wolfgang Siegwart’s engraving inspired by the color lithograph series produced by Czech visual artist Alphonse Mucha in the 19th century. This yellow gold watch was limited to 20 pieces.

IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Four Seasons

The IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Leonardo Edition was introduced in 2002 on the occasion of Leonardo Da Vinci’s 550th birth anniversary. This series was comprised of limited edition of 150 units: 50 in 18K yellow gold, 50 in 18K rose gold and 50 in 18K white gold. All of them have matching gold dials with Wolfgang Siegwart’s engraving featuring three of Da Vinci’ inventions.

The IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon has four sub-dials: at 12 o’clock for the moonphase and chronograph 30-minutes, at 3 o’clock for the date of the month, at 6 o’clock for the year of the month and chronograph 12-hours, and at 9 o’clock for the day of the week and running seconds.

An aperture between 7H and 8H indicates the year in four digits. In the centre, the dial has hour, minute and chronograph centre-second hands. These watches are fitted with plexi glasses above the dials.

The Da Vinci Tourbillon has the same case design and diameter (39mm) of the iconic IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Reference IW3750 of the 1980s.

All IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon watches were offered with four language options – German, Italian, English and French – based on the texts used on the “day” and “month” sub-dials.

Models

IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Yellow Gold, Limited edition of 200 pieces

IW375201: 18K Yellow gold case, silvered dial, and brown alligator leather strap – German variant
IW375202: 18K Yellow gold case, silvered dial, and brown alligator leather strap – Italian variant
IW375203: 18K Yellow gold case, silvered dial, and brown alligator leather strap -English variant
IW375204: 18K Yellow gold case, silvered dial, and brown alligator leather strap – French variant

IW926701: 18K Yellow gold case, silvered dial, and yellow gold bracelet – German variant
IW926702: 18K Yellow gold case, silvered dial, and yellow gold bracelet – Italian variant
IW926703: 18K Yellow gold case, silvered dial, and yellow gold bracelet – English variant
IW926704: 18K Yellow gold case, silvered dial, and yellow gold bracelet – French variant

IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Platinum, Limited edition of 50 pieces

IW375209: Platinum case, blue dial and black alligator leather strap – German variant
IW375210: Platinum case, blue dial and black alligator leather strap – Italian variant
IW375211: Platinum case, blue dial and black alligator leather strap – English variant
IW375212: Platinum case, blue dial and black alligator leather strap – French variant

IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Quattro Stagioni/Four Seasons, Limited edition of 20 pieces

IW375205: 18K Yellow gold case, solid gold dial engraved by Wolfgang Siegwart, and brown alligator leather strap – German variant
IW375206: 18K Yellow gold case, solid gold dial engraved by Wolfgang Siegwart, and brown alligator leather strap – Italian variant
IW375207: 18K Yellow gold case, solid gold dial engraved by Wolfgang Siegwart, and brown alligator leather strap – English variant
IW375208: 18K Yellow gold case, solid gold dial engraved by Wolfgang Siegwart, and brown alligator leather strap – French variant

IW926705: 18K Yellow gold case, solid gold dial engraved by Wolfgang Siegwart, and Yellow gold bracelet- German variant
IW926706: 18K Yellow gold case, solid gold dial engraved by Wolfgang Siegwart, and Yellow gold bracelet – Italian variant
IW926707: 18K Yellow gold case, solid gold dial engraved by Wolfgang Siegwart, and Yellow gold bracelet – English variant
IW926708: 18K Yellow gold case, solid gold dial engraved by Wolfgang Siegwart, and Yellow gold bracelet – French variant

IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Leonardo Series, Limited edition of 150 pieces (50 in yellow gold, 50 in rose gold and 50 in white gold)

IW375213: 18k yellow gold case, yellow gold dial with engraving, and brown alligator leather strap – German variant
IW375214: 18k yellow gold case, yellow gold dial with engraving, and brown alligator leather strap – Italian variant
IW375215: 18k yellow gold case, yellow gold dial with engraving, and brown alligator leather strap – English variant
IW375216: 18k yellow gold case, yellow gold dial with engraving, and brown alligator leather strap – French variant

IW375217: 18k rose gold case, rose gold dial with engraving, and black alligator leather strap – German variant
IW375218: 18k rose gold case, rose gold dial with engraving, and black alligator leather strap, Italian variant
IW375219: 18k rose gold case, rose gold dial with engraving, and black alligator leather strap – English variant
IW375220: 18k rose gold case, rose gold dial with engraving, and black alligator leather strap – French variant

IW375221: 18k white gold case, white gold dial with engraving, and black alligator leather strap – German variant
IW375222: 18k white gold case, white gold dial with engraving, and black alligator leather strap – Italian variant
IW375223: 18k white gold case, white gold dial with engraving, and black alligator leather strap – English variant
IW375224: 18k white gold case, white gold dial with engraving, and black alligator leather strap – French variant

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