Discover all the new IWC Aquatimer watches with plenty of exclusive pictures, see two exclusive HD-videos and listen to my interview with IWC-CEO Georges Kern.
End of October last year I met Georges Kern, CEO of IWC, in the Sultanate of Oman. There I had the opportunity to see the entire new IWC Aquatimer Collection and to tape an interview with him. Due to an embargo until today, 1st January 2014 00:00:01 I could not show you these pictures earlier.
Is it possible to resume the new Aquatimer in only one phrase? Yes!
The combination of sport and adventure, outstanding technology and masculine appeal embodied by the diver’s watches perfectly reflects the central message of IWC ‘Engineered for men’.
“The Aquatimer is a distinctively masculine, dynamic and professional sports watch line, with a tradition dating back to 1967,” told me Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. “The influence of legendary design elements and colors of the Aquatimer heritage is unmistakable. The design of the new generation, however, is more purist than that of its predecessors. It makes a powerful overall impression, effectively accentuated by the new, innovative rotating bezel, the hallmark of the IWC Aquatimer watches.”
Please listen to my interview with Georges Kern, CEO of IWC, recorded in the Sultanat of Oman and get the full story about the new Aquatimer-Collection
Since I forgot to take a picture of Georges in the Sultanate of Oman I am using this one…
The combination of sport and adventure, outstanding technology and masculine appeal embodied by the diver’s watches perfectly reflects the central message of IWC ‘Engineered for men’.” The most conspicuous technical modification in the new Aquatimer generation is the innovative external/internal rotating bezel complete with IWC SafeDive system. The mechanism combines the advantages of an internal rotating bezel, which engages precisely in steps of one minute and protects the mechanism against dirt and seawater, with the ease of use of an external rotating bezel that can be rotated simply by a diver wearing gloves or with cold fingers. A sliding system connects the two rings by the rotation of the external bezel being transmitted to the inside of the case and the internal bezel. For safety reasons, the internal bezel only moves anticlockwise. This ensures that, even if a diver were to move the bezel accidentally, zero hour – the time at which he can return safely to the surface without the need for decompression stops – would not be exceeded. The Super-LumiNova coating for the dive time scale on the internal bezel guarantees excellent legibility at all times, no matter how poor the visibility. The two colors, which glow in the dark, are also an aid to orientation on the dial: green for displays relevant to dive time, blue for the hour display.
Christian Knoop, Creative Director at IWC, explains the design of the new Aquatimer watches: “The choice of less vivid colors and the functional design of the dial reference the first Aquatimer released in 1967. By contrast, we took our inspiration for the gently rounded and recessed grips on the external bezels from the legendary Porsche design of the Ocean 2000 of 1982. The new rotating bezel mechanism gives the current Aquatimer collection overall a more sophisticated look and feel, despite the addition of a protective cover for the sliding system on the left-hand side of the case. The polished and satin-finished surfaces likewise enhance the high-quality appearance of the watches. Apart from this, I’m personally delighted that by using bronze we’ve managed to integrate a very attractive and living material into IWC’s repertoire of case materials.”
Following in the footsteps of the GST Deep One of 1999 and the Aquatimer Deep Two of 2009, the Aquatimer Deep Three in titanium (Ref. IW355701) is the third generation of IWC’s diver’s watches to feature a mechanical depth gauge. Both the depth gauge and the rotating bezel system have been continuously developed and improved. During a dive, the blue depth indicator moves to show current dive depth, while the red maximum depth indicator remains at the maximum depth attained, down to a maximum of 50 meters. The Aquatimer Deep Three thus provides a complete backup system to a dive computer.
Built for extreme depths, the Aquatimer Automatic 2000 (Ref. IW358002), water-resistant to 200 bar, continues IWC’s tradition of manufacturing timepieces that can withstand extraordinarily high pressures for both amateur and professional divers. Its titanium case and minimalist design are reminiscent of another iconic IWC model: the Ocean 2000, created by Ferdinand A. Porsche in 1982.
With the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” (Ref. IW379503), IWC Schaffhausen traces the journey of the well-known naturalist to the Galapagos Islands. Here, Darwin collected the evidence that formed the basis of his theory on the origin of species. As a tribute to this event, and for the first time ever, IWC makes use of bronze for a watchcase: the metal alloy was one of the materials typically used in shipbuilding at that time.
With the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science for Galapagos” (Ref. IW379504), limited to 500 watches, IWC honors the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific institution set up by the Charles Darwin Foundation.
The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands” (Ref. IW379502), which comes with identical technology, has been an expression of IWC’s commitment to the threatened archipelago. Both watches have an attractive black rubber coating and new technical features.
Thanks to the more discreet colors and shapes, the Aquatimer Chronograph in stainless steel (Refs. IW376801/ IW376802 / IW376803/IW376804), with a black or silver-plated dial, also cuts a fine figure in everyday use. The purist design of the dial leans heavily on that of the first Aquatimer of 1967, but offers a more contemporary interpretation.
With a case measuring 42 millimeters in diameter, the Aquatimer Automatic in stainless steel (Refs. IW329001/ IW329002 / IW329003 / IW329004) is the smallest member of the diver’s watch family. The watch, with its three hands, is available in four versions, with a black or silver-plated dial, complemented by a matching black rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet.
The most conspicuous technical modification in the new IWC Aquatimer generation is the innovative external/internal rotating bezel complete with IWC SafeDive system. The mechanism combines the advantages of an internal rotating bezel, which engages precisely in steps of one minute and protects the mechanism against dirt and seawater, with the ease of use of an external rotating bezel that can be rotated simply by a diver wearing gloves or with cold fingers. A sliding system connects the two rings by the rotation of the external bezel being transmitted to the inside of the case and the internal bezel. For safety reasons, the internal bezel only moves anticlockwise.
See how the bezel works and sounds …
It´s easy to change the bracelets within the new IWC Aquatimer collection. My video shows you how simple it is …