IWC 4 seasons
Lot 161
IWC. A fine 18K gold tourbillon chronograph wristwatch with perpetual calendar and moon phaseDaVinci Tourbillon, Ref: 3752, Case No.2731858, Movement No.2562337, No. 19 of Limited Edition of 20, 2000's
US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£26,000 - 38,000

Lot Details
Property of various owners
IWC. A fine 18K gold tourbillon chronograph wristwatch with perpetual calendar and moon phase
DaVinci Tourbillon, Ref: 3752, Case No.2731858, Movement No.2562337, No. 19 of Limited Edition of 20, 2000's
35-jewel gilt finished ¾ plate manual winding movement with right angle lever escapement in one-minute tourbillon carriage, shock resistant suspension to monometallic balance, chronograph activated by two buttons in case band, chased gold dial with figures personifying the Four Seasons, subsidiary dials for moon phase incorporating minute register, date, month incorporating hour register, day incorporating continuous seconds, four digit year aperture, blued steel hands, molded circular doubly glazed case with flexible hooded lugs, with maker's leather strap and maker's 18K gold buckle, accompanied by display box, warrantee card, instructions and literature, case, dial and movement signed
39mm

Footnotes

  • This model was the first Da Vinci to be added as a flying Tourbillon. The "Quattro Statigioni" (four seasons) was produced between 1999 and 2000 in a Limited Edition of 20 pieces. The 18K yellow gold dial was hand engraved by renowned engraver Wolfgang Siegwart, displaying four allegorical figures each representing a season of the year. The four sprite-like figures represent the cyclical death, birth, blossoming and gathering of the harvest.

    The figure at one o'clock is Ceres representing summer, by holding a bundle of wheat and a sickle. The figure at four o'clock is a Bacchante representing autumn and the success of the harvest, holding grapes and a wine glass. The figure at seven o'clock is Hestia representing winter, attending to the hearth by toiling over a hot stove. The final figure at ten o'clock is Flora representing spring, holding a cornucopia of blossoming flowers.

    The first Da Vinci was introduced by IWC in 1970, later followed by the perpetual calendar in 1985; the first watch with a display that shows the year in four digits. A year later, IWC created the first watch made with a ceramic zirconium oxide case through their Da Vinci line. In 1995 the Da Vinci perpetual chronograph was introduced with a rattrapante and in 1999 with a Tourbillon as seen in the above model.

    The watch is considered one of the most complicated timepieces ever created by IWC along the Grande Complication, the Destriero and Sidérale Scafusia.
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