If you think you think you never get a break from your work, how does this sound for a job description: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. The genius of Leonardo Da Vinci, perhaps more than that of any other figure of his age, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”.He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. And now, much like one of his own incredible inventions, you can channel the spirit of this master Italian polymath on your wrist.
The International Watch Company, also known as IWC, is a high-end Swiss watch manufacturer located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and is notable for being the only major Swiss watch factory located in eastern Switzerland, as the majority of the well-known Swiss watch manufacturers are located in western Switzerland. IWC’s The Da Vinci is an epitome of elegance in men’s watches, with silver dial and gold-toned hands, automatic movement, with a genuine alligator leather strap. For more inspirational brand name watches, browse our collection at TheWatchery.com
The IWC Vintage Collection is a line of watches that even three years after it’s initial production requires notice. These pieces were made to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the IWC back in 2008. You can still get some of the sharpest models over at The Watchery’s website. These watches are perfect for anyone interested in collecting watches or anyone looking to find a design that helps them stand out in the crowd.
I am particularly fond of the IWC Portuguese Silver Leather Alligator Men’s Tourbillon. This is a fantastic watch with Alligator skin strap an 19 karat gold casing. It is intricately designed with a beautiful face and a thoroughly classic look that will have watch enthusiasts gushing.
Currently The Watchery has this and other models on sale for as much as 20% off. This is now small amount of money when discussing such an exceptional piece of watch making. If the high end old time design aesthetic is not up your alley there is the more casual Aquatimer Black Dial Rubber Men’s Automatic. A beautiful piece, far easier to wear out with jeans and a t-shirt. IWC has made high caliber watches for nearly a century and a half. When you strap one of these models on you will know exactly why.
The motto of the IWC or International Watch Company is Probus Scafusia. This translates to “good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen.” It is an apt motto for a company that has been making excellent watches for well over a hundred years. The focus of the watches were to combine the focused craftsmanship of the Swiss with modern engineering and technological breakthroughs coming from the United States. This combination proved to be an excellent one and meant that the folks at IWC truly earned their nominal “International” stamp.
The watch company became so influential in Switzerland that the family who owned and operated the company was let into the upper echelon o f Swiss society. This even lead to a familial connection with no less a revolutionary thinker than psychologist Dr. Carl Jung.
In the end though the IWC is about the watches and rarely have finer been made. Rarely too has a record of quality been so well established. In many ways naming your company something as monolithic as the International Watch Company might seem too obvious but this company has carried that title to a certain ubiquity that befits it. The company has such a sense of history that they claim to have parts capable of repairing every watch they have ever produced to this day.
Although I don’t consider myself a Buddhist, I know quite a lot about their philosophy and their beliefs about time. Time is somewhat important to the nature of existence. Or rather, it’s more like the lack of time itself that is at the core. Buddhists don’t view time in the way that other cultures and religions do. They believe only in the here and now. There is no past, there is no future. You are living moment to moment. This is known as the nature of impermanence. It states that everything is in a constant state of flux, of motion. This flows nicely into the belief of rebirth. And therefore, not even death itself is real. There is no beginning and there is no end.
So if you’re constantly living in the moment do you really need an IWC watch? Despite philosophical beliefs, I do think even the most devout follower would still own a watch. How else would you know what time to meet your friend for afternoon tea?! You can still live moment to moment, but at least you won’t be late for work or miss dinner with your wife. Time is just a way to make life easier and you might as well do it in style with a Concord watch!
My generation seems to forgotten just how wonderful it is to wear a watch. Instead, they look to their cellphones or iPads for the time. If only they would realize that watches are much more than timepieces. They are accessories just like that belt you’re wearing or the rings on your fingers. And let’s not forget that sometimes, technology breaks. On that day, I’ll certainly have the last laugh because I can look to my watch for the time and you’ll look to a barren wrist.
As my generation creeps up to the age of 30, many of realized just how fashionable a Concord watch can really be. They are into their “hipster” look, searching for cool vintage clothes and accessories. The watch companies have heard their cries and we are seeing an increase in watches that look vintage, like something your grandfather may have owned. There is also a surge in watches that show the inner workings and mechanics, a partial ode to steampunk.
Before you consider purchasing another bracelet, try adorning that wrist with a IWC watch from The Watchery instead. It’ll be a welcome change to your wardrobe.