It’s 150 years since American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones sailed to Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and established the International Watch Company – IWC. To this day it remains the only Swiss watch brand founded by an American. To mark the anniversary, IWC is breaking from its usual tradition of devoting the year’s new product output to one particular family by releasing what it calls the Jubilee Collection, with no less than 27 limited-edition models across four families.
One of the many stars of SIHH 2018 for IWC will be the Da Vinci Automatic Edition 150 Years. With its classical yet simple dial layout featuring Arabic hour numerals and small seconds at 6 o’clock, it echoes an original Portuguieser watch from the late 1930s, named because of its being specially ordered by two Portuguese merchants who wanted “a large wristwatch with the precision of a pocketwatch.”
Inside the new Da Vinci’s 40.4-mm stainless steel case, and behind its blue dial with rhodiumed hands, beats the automatic Caliber 82200, a movement equipped with IWC’s own Pellaton winding system with several components, such as the pawls and the heart-shaped cam, made of virtually wear-free ceramic.
The movement has a power reserve of 60 hours, and has a skeletonized rotor with a gold anniversary medallion, and plates and bridges decorated with circular graining and côtes de Genève. This model is limited to 500 pieces and priced at $9,550.
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