IWC has been busy preparing for SIHH 2016 with no less than three new models to add to their well-regarded Aquatimer collection, which was last overhauled in 2014 with a limited edition chronograph. There’s a new colorway for the Automatic 2000 and a special edition in tribute to the ground breaking conservationist and explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Just 500 pieces of the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘La Cumbre Volcano’ will be produced in black and red. The Flyback Chronograph is water resistant to 300m and dedicated to a volcano in the Galapagos Islands. The automatic watch also has a power reserve of 68 hours and uses IWC’s internal/external rotating bezel concept.
A new variation of the Aquatimer Automatic 2000 features yellow hands and markings on a black dial for maximum legibility. The automatic model is water resistant to 2000m. The movement has a 44-hour power reserve and the same internal/external rotating bezel system.
Making perhaps the biggest splash though is IWC’s tribute to diver Jacques-Yves Cousteau. The Aquatimer Automatic Edition ‘Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau’ displays the classical pairing of stainless steel with a deep blue dial. Water resistant to 300m with a 42-hour power reserve and IWC’s internal/external rotating bezel system, turn the watch over and there’s a relief image of Cousteau on the case back.