It may not be exactly water sports season in Europe at the moment but it is here in Australia, and so it is a rather good time to start thinking about some new Aquatimers from IWC that will be launched in a few weeks at SIHH 2016.
In a nutshell meet, from left to right, the Chronograph Edition ‘La Cumbre Volcano’ (Ref. IW379505), Automatic Edition ‘Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau’ (Ref. IW329005), and the Aquatimer Automatic 2000 (Ref. IW358001).
The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘La Cumbre Volcano’ is dedicated to the eponymous volcano in the Galapagos Islands. The Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is now available in a black-and-yellow combination, and the Aquatimer Automatic Edition ‘Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau’ is the latest special edition in honour of Cousteau.
A quick run down of the specs.
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘La Cumbre Volcano’
To be limited to 500 pieces, this 44mm-sized chronograph contains the automatic Calibre 89365 movement with a flyback chronograph and power reserve of 68 hours. Water resistance is 30 bar. Your dive time can be set using the internal uni-directional rotating dive ring and external bezel. Hands, numerals and internal rotating bezel are all lumed for your diving needs.
On the back you will see a familiar reference to the Galapagos Islands. This special edition watch is the latest to commemorate IWC’s relationship with the region; since 2009 they have been a partner of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its conservation work there. This particular edition is in honour of the La Cumbre volcano on the island of Fernandina, with the choice of red a nod to magma (note to self : no magma/ watch experiments) and the link indicated on the case back’s engraving. It’s also all black – that’s a matte black rubber coating atop a stainless steel case. It comes on a black rubber strap with IWC’s quick-change system.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of this piece will be used to support the Charles Darwin Foundation.
Aquatimer Automatic 2000
Now with yellow hands/ numbers and a black dial, the Automatic 2000 is the Aquatimer bread and butter. A titanium 46mm case with a thickness of 20.5mm, it is water resistant to 200 bar (2000m), and has the same inner/ outer dive ring bezel as the previous watch. Hands and markers are lumed.
Inside is the automatic Calibre 8010 with 44-hour power reserve, and it comes on a black rubber strap with titanium pin buckle. On the case back is an engraving of a deep-sea divr.
The yellow is close enough to orange, a popular divers’ watch colour to make this a rather sporty-looking affair.
Aquatimer Automatic Edition ‘Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau’
Last but never least is the latest horological chapter in IWC’s editions commemoration Mr. Cousteau and the brand’s partnership with the Cousteau Society.
A deep dark blue has been chosen for the dial and the engraving on the back will be familiar to those who have owned or seen Cousteau editions Cousteau editions before.
Water resistant to 30 bar, this watch is 42mm (14mm thick), stainless steel, and contains the automatic Calibre 30120 with a power reserve of 42-hours. It also comes on a rubber strap with IWC’s quick-change system.
Keep your eyes peeled for live photos when the time comes.