The IWC Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Replica is one of the flagship models in the revamped-for-2017 Da Vinci collection. The watch features a flying tourbillon, a retrograde date display, and a flyback chronograph, all powered by a self-winding in-house movement with several interesting technical features. It’s also got all the aesthetic hallmarks of the new Replica Watches collection too, so let’s take a closer look.
One of the more interesting aspects of the watch is the tourbillon – this is a flying tourbillon, which is fitted with a stop-seconds feature, to allow to-the-second accurate setting of the watch. It’s a peculiarity of the tourbillon that the presence of the cage has historically tended to discourage watchmakers from putting a stop-seconds mechanism in tourbillon wristwatches – of course part of that had to do with the fact that until well after the IWC Replica Watches you could have counted the number of tourbillon wristwatches on the fingers of one hand. The problem is that a stop-seconds complication usually works by means of a small lever that presses on the balance wheel when you pull out the crown, but such a mechanism would be blocked by the IWC men’s Watches.
If you want to buy into national stereotypes, you might say it’s not surprising that two of the companies that have figured out a way around this problem with a stop-seconds tourbillon are German, and in fact from both from Glashütte: Moritz Grossman and A. Lange & Söhne. Schaffhausen isn’t in Germany but it’s surrounded on three sides by the Cheap IWC Replica. The lever and escape wheel are silicon.Initially, the watch will be offered in red gold only, and on a Santoni strap.
Having had a chance to handle the watch and have it on the wrist, I’m comfortable saying it’s made a very positive initial impression. It’s certainly sized and styled to impress at 44mm across and 17mm thick, but the stop-seconds for the IWC Replica Watches tourbillon is really technically interesting (and, though not unique any more, certainly unusual) and that, combined with the retrograde date and flyback chronograph, gives you a watch with a feel of substantive technical achievement and solid, unostentatious luxury, which is very much in line with the Da Vinci family in general, and with IWC in particular.