IWC Schaffhausen

2017 marks the re­birth of the da Vinci col­lec­tion for IWC.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Contents - Words by Daniel Goh

OVER THE PAST cou­ple of years, un­der the watch­ful eye of Ge­orges Kern (who is no longer with IWC, or even Richemont for that mat­ter), IWC Schaffhausen has con­sis­tently ded­i­cated each year to one of their ma­jor watch col­lec­tions, up­dat­ing and mod­ernising the pieces within to cor­re­spond with cur­rent trends. In 2014, it was the Por­tugieser, then the Portofino, fol­lowed by the Pi­lot’s Watch, and this year, IWC pre­sented the re­vamped Da Vinci col­lec­tion.

The first shocker is that all the Da Vinci watches are round and, ac­cord­ing to Kern, “it means we are bid­ding farewell to the ton­neau case and reaf­firm­ing our com­mit­ment to the clas­sic pro­por­tions that the brand stands for.” The sec­ond ma­jor change to the Da Vinci col­lec­tion is that it fo­cuses heav­ily on women’s watches with many ref­er­ences that are not only smaller and slim­mer, but also have a more fem­i­nine de­sign. Now this is not to say that all the watches within the col­lec­tion are ded­i­cated to women, but it’s ob­vi­ous that this is the new di­rec­tion for the col­lec­tion.

The heavy skew to women’s time­pieces may be a good strat­egy for IWC mov­ing for­ward; but in the past, the Da Vinci col­lec­tion was per­haps bet­ter known for the im­mensely suc­cess­ful per­pet­ual cal­en­dar made by Kurt Klaus in 1985. This year, we see a per­pet­ual cal­en­dar re­turn to the Da Vinci col­lec­tion amidst a flurry of ladies’ watches, and we also love that the swivel lugs (a key defin­ing trait of the col­lec­tion) have been re­tained.

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