You would need to
have been in hibernation to not know that IWC Schaffhausen has anointed 2017 as the year of the Da Vinci. Although the collection has taken a much more feminine tangent this time ‘round, there are additional watches geared very specifically for men, and to cater to those who seek a higher level of technicity. The Da Vinci Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph catches the eye because it is an entirely new complication for the collection. The tourbillon is noticeable because it’s flying, that is, its only support is underneath, so it looks like it’s floating within the dial. It has an added hacking function, so that it stops when you pull the crown out to set the time, allowing you to do so as precisely as possible. On the left is a retrograde display, while the chronograph complication is of IWC’s favored layout, with the hours and minutes placed on a dedicated subdial, while the chronograph seconds are on a central hand. On the left is a retrograde date display. All in all, a highly successful and aesthetic extension to the Da Vinci.
IWC has been
a strong supporter of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation for more than 10 years, with a special edition launched on a yearly basis to support it. Part of the sales proceeds directly to the Laureus Foundation, which helps children with mental impairments through various charitable projects. The Da Vinci is the natural choice for 2017, and it’s presented with a dial in the foundation’s signature blue color. The case back is, once again, engraved with a drawing selected through an international competition; for the Da Vinci Chronograph, the illustration was made by 12-year-old Hou Ye, from Shanghai, a Special Olympics East Asia athlete who drew himself laughing on skis. It’s worth noting that, for the moment, the Laureus edition is the only “pure” chronograph in the new Da Vinci collection, as all the others have additional complications.