IWC Unveils Elegant Da Vinci Chronograph Ceramic Watch

Mar 02, 2010
In 2010, the illustrious watchmaker IWC brings forth its novel chronograph watch, a new addition to the brand’s acclaimed Da Vinci chronograph collection, presented by models in gold, platinum, and stainless steel. Highly advanced from the technological standpoint, this new model is sculptured in a successful duo of zirconium oxide (ceramic) and titanium.

Featured with a tonneau-shaped case, the IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Ceramic watch pays a worthy tribute to the company’s first use of ceramic. It hearkens back to 1986, the year when the first watch with the case, produced from this material was born. The remarkable novelty from IWC expresses its commitment to the heritage of the past, and boasts an array of innovations to please the eye and mind of the brand’s admirers.

Sporty, yet extremely elegant, the IWC chronograph watch features the generous dimensions of 44 mm x 52.8 mm and measures 15.1mm from back to sapphire crystal. The middle part of the case is crafted from zirconium oxide powder and a binding substance, which integrate at temperatures below 2000-degrees Centigrade. Afterwards, the extremely hard and scratch-resistant ceramic product is subjected to a cooling period, followed by precise cutting with diamond tools. The multi-step process finally results in the complex and finished form of the product.

Polished Grade-5 titanium is utilized for manufacturing such elements of the watch as the chrono push-pieces, the winding crown and the polished bezel. The complex angles and extraordinary finishing of the watch’s case proudly demonstrate the brand’s passion for perfection.

A particular highlight of the IWC Da Vinci watch is its three-dimensional dial, completed with vertically oriented counters. The upper sub-dial serves to indicate elapsed chronograph hours and minutes. The lower sub-dial reveals small seconds and the date aperture. The display also includes the distinctly elevated "flying" rehaut for the minute chapter, for the first time introduced by the brand into the structure of the dial.

Inside this remarkable IWC watch there beats an imposing manufactory-made Calibre 89360 chronograph movement, endowed with a unique dual-pawl Pellaton self-winding mechanism, as well as a shock-absorbing rotor bridge. The entire system can be admired through the sapphire crystal exhibition window in the signed titanium case-back.

The movement incorporates a conventional column wheel, governing chronograph functions. The Calibre 89360 operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, which allows the wearer to record intervals of elapsed time to 1/8th of a second.

Other technical points worthy of note include a stop seconds function for precise time adjustment and a fly-back chronograph function. The fly-back chronograph enables the watch wearer to restart the central chronograph seconds hand, while it is sweeping smoothly over the dial: the user doesn’t have to stop it first and then reset it to zero.

The IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Ceramic watch is affixed to an exclusively patterned calfskin strap, reminiscent of carbon fiber or similar woven synthetic materials. The strap terminates in an elegant brushed and polished folding clasp, manufactured from stainless steel. Boasting meticulous shaping and finishing, the folding clasp features the IWC signature on both the outer and inner components. The timepiece is 30-meter water-resistant.

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