Leonardo Da Vinci himself said: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” And this soundbite could have been the mantra of master watchmaker Kurt Klaus when he developed the original Da Vinci ref. 3750 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph back in 1985.
A watch created because of, rather than in spite of, the quartz crisis, it was the lack of demand for mechanical movements that afforded Klaus the time to develop such a complex calibre.
According to IWC: “It was a watch that rose, phoenix-like, out of the ashes of the old watch industry and heralded the renaissance of complicated mechanical watches. Probably no other single watch has come so close to embodying the IWC brand and its values.”
Revising the Da Vinci line for the first time since 2007, it would be unthinkable for IWC to omit this gem of a watch in the new line-up.