The so-called “Flower of Life” is engraved on the case backs of all Da Vinci feminine models. This geometrical figure features several regularly overlapping circles and was the object of intensive study and numerous drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. It represents his unflagging search for mathematical rules for beauty and proportions, and thus symbolizes the new design approach of the watch collection.
IWC is the only large watch manufacture in southern Switzerland ( other brands are located in western Swiss regions). IWC Schaffhausen was founded 1868 from the U.S. watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones to merge the craftsmanship of Switzerland watchmakers together with the technology skills from the U.S. to manufacture movements and timepiece components for the USA. IWC is unique among comparable firms for keeping detailed records for every single watch produced since 1885. Since 1885, caliber, substances used and cases are tracked. Younger IWC watches are shown in the documents with reference number, shipping date and the title of this authorized dealer. Each IWC collector can request this information for many watches older than ten decades. IWC says it can service and repair all watches produced since 1868. IWC Schaffhausen movements in less expensive watches and chronographs (IWC Portuguese Chronograph) are from ETA. Non-ETA IWC calibers are: Caliber 5000, Caliber 8000, pocket watch movements. Notable watch models include the Aquatimer, Ingenieur, Portuguese, Da Vinci, Portofino as well as Pilot’s Watches.Swiss watchmakers IWC are well-known among collectors to the watches they’ve produced for a variety of militaries like Britain’s Royal Air Force. The DNA of these historic military designs still pervades IWC’s collection, most prominently in the major Pilot’s series along with the Pilot’s Mark XVIII, both of which can be military-styled, aviation-oriented pieces. Currently, IWC have published a set of special variations of the versions, the Mark XVIII Heritage and Big Pilot’s Heritage, all available in brand new materials and outfitted with unique calibers of varying specification.