IWC Aquatimer Pay Tribute To Explorer
IWC Shaffhausen used an international watch exhibition to appeal to the world’s ocean divers. The firm presented its new diver collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, showing off the first Aquatimer to use bronze casing.
Christian Knoop, IWC’s Creative Director, spoke of being “very proud” when introducing the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Expedition Charles Darwin’.
The watch is crafted to highlight the 19th century explorer’s discoveries. The bronze case signifies HMS Beagle, the vessel used during Darwin’s journey to the Galapagos Islands.
“What’s really special with bronze is that it is a lively material… a material which will change over time which will get a very nice and very interesting pattern in it,” said Knoop.
“People who are interested in bronze watches really love that effect that you can see the age of the bronze,” he added.
Nine new timepieces make up the collection, the flagship being the Aquatimer Digital Perpetual Calender. The limited edition watch has been constructed from 18-carat red gold and rubber-coated titanium.
IWC Schaffhausen has maintained a close connection with diving since the early 1960s. As a result of the growing popularity, the watch making company introduced the first Aquatimer in 1967.
The new collection arrives in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Research Station, which was founded in 1964 and is based on the island of Santa Cruz.
Prices for the 2014 diver collection range from £4,250 to £42,000. IWC can be found in Harrods, Selfridges, The Watch Gallery and other Richemont stockists.