IWC’s practice in recent years is to make a refresh of one of its core collections, the centerpiece of its design efforts for each SIHH. Last year was, of course, devoted to the Pilot’s Watches and this year, we’re seeing a very extensive refresh of the IWC Replica. Of course the full reveal will be at the SIHH, 2017 edition, which is still a few weeks off, but IWC is giving us a taste of things to come with three new watches that give us a pretty good sense of just how different the new models will be from the existing models. Before looking at the new pieces, though, let’s take a quick look at the original series of IWC Replica Watches, which go all the way back to 1985.
The first Da Vinci wristwatches were a pretty radical departure from anything that IWC had done before. The barrel shaped lugs and stepped, round case made them extremely dressy, and the level of complexity was also something very new for Cheap Replica Watches. The biggest talking point was the perpetual calendar mechanism; IWC’s first, and moreover, the very first perpetual calendar in which every indication could be set by the crown, with the day, date, month, and year as well as the moonphase, all changing in sync with each other, making the Da Vinci the ancestor of all modern synchronized-mechanism perpetual calendars. The Cheap Replica Watches became the vehicle for further experiments as well; ceramic-cased models came out in 1986, and versions of the Da Vinci fitted with tourbillons were introduced as well.
The New IWC Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. IW392101
The IWC Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Ref. IW392101 is in many respects a return to the more formal look and feel of the models from 1985. The articulated cylindrical lugs have been modified for a more contemporary feel, however and the Replica Watches chronograph pushers and crown have been updated as well. The new models, however, use IWC’s own fully in-house, perpetual calendar chronograph movement – caliber 89630. The configuration is very similar to that used by IWC Replica for the Edition Kurt Klaus, and it’s a classic: a high precision moonphase and with a four digit display of the year, which can display the year until 2299. At that point, a watchmaker will need to replace the two digit century slide with a new one, for the period 2300-2599. The 89360 flyback chronograph movement, which was the basis for caliber 89630, has co-axial minute and hour totalizers at 12:00, and IWC combined that feature with a moonphase disk at 12:00.
The Da Vinci Automatic 36 And Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36
The Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 is a 36mm watch being positioned by IWC Replica Watches as a ladies’ timepiece. The strap on the model shown is by Santoni, and the gearing for the moon phase is the traditional 59-toothed mechanism, which is accurate to one day in about every two years, seven and a half months.The back is engraved with the so-called “Flower of Life.” This is a geometric figure consisting of nested circles in an hexagonal configuration, and there’s a connection to Leonardo da Vinci, who made a study of its geometry in the Codex Atlanticus.