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IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Automatic Moonphase 36 

A fan of Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic artwork? Or a lover of the distinct articulated strap horns and the beautifully curved bezel of an IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci wristwatch? Either way - take a peek inside the manufacture of IWC’s 1980’s inspired Da Vinci Moonphase 36 watch – a masterpiece that has so much more to offer than a simple timekeeping tool… 

Since the IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar watch was born in 1985, watch connoisseurs have never looked back. The design provided everything in terms of comfort, peerless performance, accuracy and beauty. It brought sophisticated technology to women’s wrists around the world. Like any successful manufacturer does after it hones into something unique and niche - IWC Schaffhausen revisited the beautiful model, giving it a more striking design and a sleeker sophistication. It comes in the form of the prestigious IWC Da Vinci Moonphase 36 watch – a design with a beautiful silver plated dial and applied navy Arabic numerals. 

On first impressions the watch’s name may suggest to you that it’s geared solely towards a lady’s tastes? That’s not technically true. Whilst it is marketed as a “ladies” watch and whilst there is a diamond embellished model available within the range - this refined and elegant timepiece which measures 36mm across the wrist can certainly suffice as a gentleman’s timepiece The diameter is not too discreet and with a number of features that are commonly seen throughout the gentlemen’s range (like a moonphase and date aperture) - the IWC Da Vinci Moonphase 36 is most certainly a well-rounded crowd pleaser with unisex aesthetics and a number of universally appealing features.

 

 

The lugs of the IWC Da Vinci Moonphase 36 watch are short with an angled tear-drop shape and are articulated with the spring bars mounted in the middle. These fluidly curving lugs allow the strap and the watch to sit close against the lady’s wrist, securing with a three winged butterfly clasp to ensure easy dressing on and off the wrist. The slim feuille hands adorned to a shimmering silver dial which dance playfully under the light, are bordered by a double framed bezel – the seam between the two frames of which is visible. The recessed guilloché centre ring is a thoughtful detail that adds depth to the design, as do the applied Arabic numerals which are hefty enough to cast a slight shadow over the dial, creating a pleasing three-dimensional effect.

 

Not all watch dials can brag such beautiful aesthetics as the IWC Da Vinci Moon phase 36 watch does. The perfectly placed moon phase aperture lends itself to a well-balanced and appealing read. Featured at 12 o’clock it appears in an unusual location since most moon phases are placed at 6 o’clock. The deep navy blue disc and painted silver stars and moon is a delight to look at. The aperture is the perfect depth and is stepped as well, creating another unusual element to this watch’s manufacture. The solid case back has a meticulously applied surface engraving of the Flower of Life. For those of you who weren’t already aware, this is a geometric pattern of overlapping circles that Leonardo Da Vinci himself used to study and draw. Inside the solid stainless steel case lies the impeccable automatic calibre 35800 movement, with a 42-hour power reserve. This movement was also used in the 2014 IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 and sits inside a case depth of 11.6mm. 

Whether you are drawn to the Da Vinci collection for the very first time having caught sight of the beautiful Moonphase 36 watch, or simply looking to extend your collection further – this timepiece is the perfect daily wearer. It’s comfortable, discreet enough to wear with formal attire and beautiful enough to show-off at every possible excuse.


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