Da Vinci Chronographe

IW376402

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Da Vinci Chronographe

Brand  : IWC
Collection  : Da Vinci
Model  : Da Vinci Chronographe
Reference  : IW376402
Nber of pieces : 500
Complement : Pink Gold - Crocodile Strap
Year : 2007
Is not commercialised any more

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  • Brand  : IWC
    Collection  : Da Vinci
    Model  : Da Vinci Chronographe
    Reference  : IW376402
    Nber of pieces : 500
    Complement : Pink Gold - Crocodile Strap
    Year : 2007
    Is not commercialised any more
    List Price : 19 700 €
    Diameter : 43 mm
    Thickness : 14.35 mm
    Styles : Classical
    Sporty
    Types : Self-winding
    Calibre : 89360
    Complication : Stop second mechanism
    Chronograph
    12-Hour Counter
    Small Seconds
    60-Minute Counter
    Case material : Pink gold
    Case peculiarity : Screwed-down crown
    Sapphire caseback
    Shape : Tonneau
    Water-resistance : 30 meters
    Dial color : Silver
    Display : Luminescent hands
    Indexes : Luminescent
    Baton-type
    Glass : Antireflective coating
    Domed
    Sapphire
    Strap material : Croco
    Strap color : Dark brown
    Strap clasp : Folding buckle
    + More characteristics : Movement
    40 jewels
    Frequency:
    28 800 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
    Power reserve: 68 hours

    18K pink gold case and buckle

DESCRIPTION

  • From Leonardo’s vision to the IWC Da Vinci

    Da Vinci Chronograph


    The Da Vinci from IWC Schaffhausen, which revolutionized the perpetual calendar in 1985, made horological history. Now, in the year 488 after Leonardo da Vinci, a new era is being heralded in the Schaffhausen manufactory with the latest Da Vinci family. The Da Vinci Chronograph is the first member. Every aspect is new. Only one thing remains constant – it likewise is taking a step forward into the future of mechanics.

    With the Da Vinci Chronograph, IWC Schaffhausen is opening up a new chapter which retains its close links with the universal genius of the Italian Renaissance. The new Da Vinci line in its tonneau-shaped case once again pays tribute in a limited edition to the perpetual calendar in the form invented by Kurt Klaus. But the future begins with the Da Vinci Chronograph. It is the first in a range of new watches, in which horological passion, a zest for invention and engineering are condensed into innovative products. This is what the name Leonardo da Vinci stands for, even 488 years after his death (1519). It is not the constraint for an existing form or function, but the impetus and the watchword for horological progress. To demonstrate this, IWC began with the Da Vinci Chronograph.

    Tradition

    The chronograph is justifiably the most popular and the most widely distributed horological complication. IWC plays a large part in this tradition. For Schaffhausen kept faith with the mechanical watch with a stopwatch function at the end of the seventies, during the quartz revolution, at a time when scarcely anyone wished to know anything about it. The chronograph is the epitome of the modern age, which offers so many tempting options and because of that obliges strict timing. Ever since its invention between the start and the middle of the nineteenth century, however, the mechanical “time writer” – the first examples of which left a small dot of ink on the dial at the push of a button – has suffered from a single serious shortcoming, namely the reduced legibility of longer measured times. The system of the two totalizers mainly for 30 minutes and – separately – for up to 12 hours, has basically not been examined again technically since it was originally developed. This situation occasionally also nurtures the prejudice that the function itself is irrelevant, and that the complication simply meets decorative needs.

    Innovation

    Leonardo da Vinci would never have accepted the alienation of such an exquisite technology as that which lies behind the mechanical chronograph. He was always concerned, also as a designer of movements and an engineer, with the accuracy and utility value of his inventions. The Da Vinci Chronograph from IWC takes up the same challenge. That is why it translates the chronograph logically for the first time into a “watch within a watch”. To do this, it converts its measured times in the hours and minutes area into what to our eyes is a completely familiar, analogue time display via hour hands and minute hands and makes these measured times decodable at a glance. This is precisely what is concealed behind the central, generously dimensioned display circle in the upper half of the dial of the Da Vinci Chronograph: a watch within a watch, which makes the time measurable and available at the push of a button. The short stop times within a given minute are indicated, in the customary way, by the chronometer centre seconds.

    The ingenious is simple. This maxim was already behind the autonomous perpetual calendar of Kurt Klaus, the aim of which was to make a previously exclusive, delicate watch complication free from faults and “wearable”. This perfection of a mechanical complication is also the aim of the first Da Vinci of the new generation.

    The new aesthetic

    It deviates quite intentionally from the previous design language, because the Da Vinci principle cannot be assigned to a round or square case architecture. It is an approach to problems, a work philosophy. Like Hano Burtscher before him with the round case from 1985, IWC designer Guy Bove pursued the aim of translating the canon of proportions and the perception of architecture developed by Leonardo da Vinci into the dimensions of a quite small “house”. An intricate, solid design of lasting beauty is the result. It is produced in the case materials white gold, rose gold and stainless steel, with a limited edition of 500 watches in platinum.

    Engineering

    The case contains as its mechanical heart the manufactory chronograph calibre 89360, newly developed by IWC Schaffhausen, which Kilian Eisenegger has created with his constructing team. And it is here that the Da Vinci project becomes truly exciting. The round automatic movement with a power reserve of 68 hours, a newly developed double-pawl winding system and the predominantly decentral chronograph mechanism with column wheel actuation, is an entirely new design based on the highest industrial design standard, Design for Six Sigma DFSS, which has been used consistently by IWC for some time. A so-called “robust design” was achieved in this way, in which every function and component in a closely networked process between design and subsequent production is inspected, tested, optimized repeatedly and checked thoroughly to exclude possible faults.

    The automatic spring bridge already improved for the Cal. 80111 of the Ingenieur has been adopted from the ingenious winding mechanism design of Albert Pellaton. This is a central component, which carries the rotor and absorbs impacts from all directions. The pawl winding mechanism itself has nevertheless undergone a complete change. Two double winding pawls, making four in total instead of the previous two, transmit the energy of the rotor movement to the pawl wheel through push-and-pull movements. A dead angle is eliminated during winding, and the efficiency of the winding is increased by 30% by the new positioning of the pawls, which now no longer lie one after the other, but are arranged in pairs opposite one another on the pawl wheel. They are not controlled by the cam disc (heart) as previously, but by a crankshaft similar to that found in an automobile engine. The index-free escapement system with a special Nivarox balance spring, produced exclusively for IWC, exhibits clearly superior oscillation characteristics in return for a lower energy requirement and achieves a “quality factor” – as the relevant measurable variable is referred to – of more than 400, which lies significantly above that of most other high-quality and highest-quality movements. Fine adjustment is effected via precision adjustment screws on the balance wheel ring.

    For the first time, the chronograph movement with its flyback function, actuated via a classic column wheel, permits the indication of the aggregate time recording of hours and minutes in the familiar form of an analogue time display with two hands. It can also run continuously with the movement without any decrease in amplitude.

    This feat of strength demonstrated by proprietary chronograph design also meets the high demands of a watch which does not bear the great name Da Vinci simply in order to embellish itself, but rather in order to live up to all that the name implies.
  • From Leonardo’s vision to the IWC Da Vinci

    Da Vinci Chronograph


    The Da Vinci from IWC Schaffhausen, which revolutionized the perpetual calendar in 1985, made horological history. Now, in the year 488 after Leonardo da Vinci, a new era is being heralded in the Schaffhausen manufactory with the latest Da Vinci family. The Da Vinci Chronograph is the first member. Every aspect is new. Only one thing remains constant – it likewise is taking a step forward into the future of mechanics.

    With the Da Vinci Chronograph, IWC Schaffhausen is opening up a new chapter which retains its close links with the universal genius of the Italian Renaissance. The new Da Vinci line in its tonneau-shaped case once again pays tribute in a limited edition to the perpetual calendar in the form invented by Kurt Klaus. But the future begins with the Da Vinci Chronograph. It is the first in a range of new watches, in which horological passion, a zest for invention and engineering are condensed into innovative products. This is what the name Leonardo da Vinci stands for, even 488 years after his death (1519). It is not the constraint for an existing form or function, but the impetus and the watchword for horological progress. To demonstrate this, IWC began with the Da Vinci Chronograph.

    Tradition

    The chronograph is justifiably the most popular and the most widely distributed horological complication. IWC plays a large part in this tradition. For Schaffhausen kept faith with the mechanical watch with a stopwatch function at the end of the seventies, during the quartz revolution, at a time when scarcely anyone wished to know anything about it. The chronograph is the epitome of the modern age, which offers so many tempting options and because of that obliges strict timing. Ever since its invention between the start and the middle of the nineteenth century, however, the mechanical “time writer” – the first examples of which left a small dot of ink on the dial at the push of a button – has suffered from a single serious shortcoming, namely the reduced legibility of longer measured times. The system of the two totalizers mainly for 30 minutes and – separately – for up to 12 hours, has basically not been examined again technically since it was originally developed. This situation occasionally also nurtures the prejudice that the function itself is irrelevant, and that the complication simply meets decorative needs.

    Innovation

    Leonardo da Vinci would never have accepted the alienation of such an exquisite technology as that which lies behind the mechanical chronograph. He was always concerned, also as a designer of movements and an engineer, with the accuracy and utility value of his inventions. The Da Vinci Chronograph from IWC takes up the same challenge. That is why it translates the chronograph logically for the first time into a “watch within a watch”. To do this, it converts its measured times in the hours and minutes area into what to our eyes is a completely familiar, analogue time display via hour hands and minute hands and makes these measured times decodable at a glance. This is precisely what is concealed behind the central, generously dimensioned display circle in the upper half of the dial of the Da Vinci Chronograph: a watch within a watch, which makes the time measurable and available at the push of a button. The short stop times within a given minute are indicated, in the customary way, by the chronometer centre seconds.

    The ingenious is simple. This maxim was already behind the autonomous perpetual calendar of Kurt Klaus, the aim of which was to make a previously exclusive, delicate watch complication free from faults and “wearable”. This perfection of a mechanical complication is also the aim of the first Da Vinci of the new generation.

    The new aesthetic

    It deviates quite intentionally from the previous design language, because the Da Vinci principle cannot be assigned to a round or square case architecture. It is an approach to problems, a work philosophy. Like Hano Burtscher before him with the round case from 1985, IWC designer Guy Bove pursued the aim of translating the canon of proportions and the perception of architecture developed by Leonardo da Vinci into the dimensions of a quite small “house”. An intricate, solid design of lasting beauty is the result. It is produced in the case materials white gold, rose gold and stainless steel, with a limited edition of 500 watches in platinum.

    Engineering

    The case contains as its mechanical heart the manufactory chronograph calibre 89360, newly developed by IWC Schaffhausen, which Kilian Eisenegger has created with his constructing team. And it is here that the Da Vinci project becomes truly exciting. The round automatic movement with a power reserve of 68 hours, a newly developed double-pawl winding system and the predominantly decentral chronograph mechanism with column wheel actuation, is an entirely new design based on the highest industrial design standard, Design for Six Sigma DFSS, which has been used consistently by IWC for some time. A so-called “robust design” was achieved in this way, in which every function and component in a closely networked process between design and subsequent production is inspected, tested, optimized repeatedly and checked thoroughly to exclude possible faults.

    The automatic spring bridge already improved for the Cal. 80111 of the Ingenieur has been adopted from the ingenious winding mechanism design of Albert Pellaton. This is a central component, which carries the rotor and absorbs impacts from all directions. The pawl winding mechanism itself has nevertheless undergone a complete change. Two double winding pawls, making four in total instead of the previous two, transmit the energy of the rotor movement to the pawl wheel through push-and-pull movements. A dead angle is eliminated during winding, and the efficiency of the winding is increased by 30% by the new positioning of the pawls, which now no longer lie one after the other, but are arranged in pairs opposite one another on the pawl wheel. They are not controlled by the cam disc (heart) as previously, but by a crankshaft similar to that found in an automobile engine. The index-free escapement system with a special Nivarox balance spring, produced exclusively for IWC, exhibits clearly superior oscillation characteristics in return for a lower energy requirement and achieves a “quality factor” – as the relevant measurable variable is referred to – of more than 400, which lies significantly above that of most other high-quality and highest-quality movements. Fine adjustment is effected via precision adjustment screws on the balance wheel ring.

    For the first time, the chronograph movement with its flyback function, actuated via a classic column wheel, permits the indication of the aggregate time recording of hours and minutes in the familiar form of an analogue time display with two hands. It can also run continuously with the movement without any decrease in amplitude.

    This feat of strength demonstrated by proprietary chronograph design also meets the high demands of a watch which does not bear the great name Da Vinci simply in order to embellish itself, but rather in order to live up to all that the name implies.
  • Brand  : IWC
    Collection  : Da Vinci
    Model  : Da Vinci Chronographe
    Reference  : IW376402
    Nber of pieces : 500
    Complement : Pink Gold - Crocodile Strap
    Year : 2007
    Is not commercialised any more
    List Price : 19 700 €
    Diameter : 43 mm
    Thickness : 14.35 mm
    Styles : Classical
    Sporty
    Types : Self-winding
    Calibre : 89360
    Complication : Stop second mechanism
    Chronograph
    12-Hour Counter
    Small Seconds
    60-Minute Counter
    Case material : Pink gold
    Case peculiarity : Screwed-down crown
    Sapphire caseback
    Shape : Tonneau
    Water-resistance : 30 meters
    Dial color : Silver
    Display : Luminescent hands
    Indexes : Luminescent
    Baton-type
    Glass : Antireflective coating
    Domed
    Sapphire
    Strap material : Croco
    Strap color : Dark brown
    Strap clasp : Folding buckle
    More characteristics : Movement
    40 jewels
    Frequency:
    28 800 vibrations per hour (4Hz)
    Power reserve: 68 hours

    18K pink gold case and buckle