IWC Schafhausen

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SIHH 2017 - TEXT BY SEAN LI

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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.

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