Introducing: The IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph (Live Pics, Pricing, Specs)

Introducing: The IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph (Live Pics, Pricing, Specs)

One of the additional intriguing parts of the watch is the tourbillon – this is a flying tourbillon, which is fitted with a stop-seconds include, to permit to-the-second precise setting of the watch. It’s a characteristic of the tourbillon that the presence of the enclosure has verifiably would in general deter watchmakers from putting a stop-seconds component in tourbillon wristwatches – obviously a piece of that had to do with the way that until well after the Quartz Crisis you might have checked the quantity of tourbillon wristwatches on the fingers of one hand. The issue is that a stop-seconds complication typically works by methods for a little switch that pushes on the equilibrium wheel when you pull out the crown, yet such an instrument would be obstructed by the tourbillon carriage.

If you need to become tied up with public generalizations, you may say it’s not astonishing that two of the companies that have sorted out a path around this issue with a stop-seconds tourbillon are German, and truth be told from both from Glashütte: Moritz Grossman and A. Lange & Söhne. Schaffhausen isn’t in Germany yet it’s encircled on three sides by the German line (and it’s not as though Switzerland isn’t likewise considered as a home of fanatical dedication to precision). 

The switch and departure wheel are silicon (this is said by IWC to contribute fundamentally to the generally long 68-hour power hold and, unquestionably, the facts demonstrate that the lower mass of silicon implies less energy lost at the escapement). At first, the watch will be offered in red gold just, and on a Santoni strap.

Having got an opportunity to deal with the watch and have it on the wrist, I’m comfortable saying it’s established an extremely certain underlying connection. It’s unquestionably estimated and styled to dazzle at 44mm across and 17mm thick, however the stop-seconds for the tourbillon is actually in fact fascinating (and, however not interesting any more, positively abnormal) and that, combined with the retrograde date and flyback chronograph, gives you a watch with a vibe of considerable specialized accomplishment and solid, unostentatious extravagance, which is especially in accordance with the Da Vinci family by and large, and with IWC in particular. 

I simply wonder a little about the name – “Rétrograde” is French, and, all things considered, IWC’s home language is German. Rückläufig, maybe?

The IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph is estimated at $103,000 and is just accessible in red gold on launch.

For more, visit IWC on the web .

Movement, IWC type 89900 with retrograde date, flyback chronograph, and flying tourbillon with stop-seconds; hour and moment aggregators combined at 12:00. Recurrence, 28,800 vph, with silicon get away from haggle; 68-hour power hold. Case, 18k red gold, 44mm x 17mm; Three bar water resistance.