Although sharp eyed Watchuseekers will have already seen some unofficial pictures of the new IWC Aquatimer line-up for 2014 shown on the forum, it’s only as of January 1st that they can be officially shown. Any journalist displaying them prior to this time is liable to get the dreaded knock at the door at 2 am. These new models will be on display at SIHH in 2014 later this month. There are two new chronographs as well as a series of limited edition models.
The limited edition Charles Darwin, Galapagos Islands and Bronze Aquatimer watches come with a different dial than the standard steel version of the watch. All models of the Aquatimer come with a second crown, which is a locking mechanism for the dive bezel.
For the first time ever, a model from the IWC diver’s watch line is equipped with a perpetual calendar, a genuinely haute horlogerie complication. The Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW379401) runs on the IWC-manufactured 89801 calibre with perpetual calendar and large digital display for the date and month.
The Galapagos Islands edition is an all-black watch with a depiction of the Galapagos Islands’ giant tortoise, on the back and is part of IWC’s Novelties collection. The watch is powered by IWC’s mechanical, self-winding movement with a power reserve of 44 hours. There’s also a small hacking seconds dial, a day and date display, a screw-in crown, mechanical rotating external bezel, and luminescent hands, dial and external bezel, a sapphire glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides, as well as IWC’s new quick-change bracelet system.
The idea was adapted from sister-brand Cartier, and enables the owner to swap watch straps without the use of any tools, making the watch ideal for diving, or merely ducking and diving. The watch is water resistant to 400 feet.
IWC Schaffhausen has pledged itself to be ecologically responsible and pursue a corporate strategy based firmly on sustainability. The manufacture wants to help preserve the fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands. It therefore supports and sponsors the Charles Darwin Foundation and its research organisation, which adopts a scientific approach to the challenges on the Galapagos.
IWC brings the same commitment to the Cousteau Society, which dedicates itself to continuing the research work of Jacques Cousteau (1910–1997) and the preservation of the world’s seas. With his unique photography and film work depicting the rich diversity of marine life, the French deep-sea diver brought “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau”, as his most popular TV series was known, to the homes of millions of people worldwide. A passionate engineer, inventor, researcher and film-maker, he heightened awareness of the need to protect the blue planet as no one else has done.