IWC Schaffhausen Established in 1868, it represents the pinnacle of Swiss craftsmanship, and is known for its sophisticated aesthetic. If you’re a watch connoisseur, you might have heard of its Pilot’s collection (IWC created its first Pilot’s watch in 1936 and by 1948 was supplying them to the Royal Air Force). You might also be familiar with the more elegant Portugieser series, and the minimalist Portofino collection.

A refresh of a style not seen since the 1980s, the Da Vinci line offers watches which are a little more laidback and versatile than some of the more refined pieces from IWC Schaffhausen. But, given the two styles now available are part of limited batch of just 1,500, they are no less special. Some of the features and details we particularly like on the Da Vinci Stainless Steel 42mm Chronograph and the Da Vinci Steel 40mm Automatic include an elegant Santoni alligator strap, a silver-plated dial, and subtle case etching which depicts China’s accomplished Special Olympics skier Mr Hou Ye setting his personal best time on the slopes. Maybe it’s time you invested… And if you can’t afford the £4,950 price tag… Maybe just admire from afar!


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