The inspiration for the name of the new watch family was supplied by none other than Leonardo da Vinci. No other single individual embodies the symbiosis of beauty and technology quite so perfectly as the man who was probably the greatest painter, sculptor, architect and engineer of the Renaissance.
Indeed, the quest for invention and improvisation runs like a thread through the story of the Da Vinci. Perhaps the most significant event was the launch of the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 3750) in 1985: “At the height of the quartz crisis, IWC’s then head watchmaker, Kurt Klaus hit on the bold idea of developing a mechanical perpetual calendar,” explains Seyffer. In the course of long walks with his dogs, he mentally sketched out a new kind of calendar module that would comprise just 81 individual parts and function autonomously, with virtually no correction, until 2499.