The IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” is 40.4mm wide and 12.1mm thick at a steel case, with a water-resistance of 30m — even though it is clearly not a game watch, something designed as a daily wear like this might have maybe had a little better water-resistance rating as a guarantee of overall durability. The palms are rhodium-plated, and date-haters will not have that to complain about here, as IWC has selected to commemorate a date display.The 82200 movement has become the most notable element of the IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” watch. It builds on the 80000 household of movements, as those located in, say, some Aquatimer watches. The automatic 82200 works at 4Hz with a wonderful 60-hour power reserve and includes a seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Like other IWC movements, the 82200 uses the Pellaton bi-directional winding system and ceramic parts for their wear-resistance. It’s visible through a sapphire caseback, with Geneva stripes, circular graining, along with a skeletonized gold strand with an “IWC Anniversary medallion. IW459304) with a 36mm (obviously) 18k red gold case and 206 diamonds using a price of $29,900. It’s powered by the IWC “35800” motion that is a Sellita SW300-1 base with a moon phase display at 12 o’clock, operating in 4Hz with 42 hours of electricity reserve.IWC is continuing to highlight the upgraded Da Vinci by adding it in its birthday party models, and an in-house movement might help capture the attention of watch fans more than last year’s basic three-hand models employing the Sellita-based 35111. IW358102) is limited to 500 pieces, it’s fairly possible that the next non-limited iteration will combine the collection shortly.
On 12 November 2017, in Geneva, Sotheby’s auctioned the one-of-a-kind IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince”, which was sold for CHF 38,000. A portion of the proceeds of this auction will benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, in order to boost its expansion into the USA and reach its goal of offering training and educational projects to even more young people throughout the world.
This auction in Geneva was the fifth IWC has carried out in cooperation with Sotheby’s Geneva. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, helping it to establish itself on the North American continent. It is no coincidence that the foundation is aiming to cross the Atlantic. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry himself had a strong connection to America: he flew a Lockheed P-38 Lightning on multiple occasions and wrote his story “The Little Prince” in New York.