Up Close with the IWC Il Destriero Scafusia Grand Complication

The Il Destriero Scafusia was a grande complication from IWC, conceived for the brand's 125th anniversary in 1993, a time when the watch industry was on the cusp of its renaissance.

Presented in 1993 for the 125th anniversary of IWC, the Il Destriero Scafusia, which translates as “Warhorse from Schaffhausen”, is demonstrative of the principles of the IWC brand – clever and practical engineering – for the base movement for this incredible calibre is none other than the Valjoux 7750.

Some of the greatest minds in watchmaking were involved in its conception, Gunter Blumlein, Kurt Klaus, Richard Habring, to name a few. The Destriero Scafusia counts amongst its peers were other grand complications of 1990s, like the Blancpain 1735, Audemars Piguet Triple Complication and of course the Patek Philippe Calibre 89.

For those wondering what IWC did to the 7750, the Il Destriero Scafusia features a rattrapante chronograph, perpetual calendar with four digit year, flying tourbillon and minute repeater. The view of the movement is a wondrous and amazing sight.

With its traditional dial layout and baroque movement decoration, the old warhorse from Schaffhausen looks distinctly old fashioned compared to contemporary grand complications, but it still remains an awesome wristwatch.

These pop up at auction now and then, and are undervalued in my opinion. When history of watchmaking in the 20th and 21st century is written, this will be an important watch.

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