SIHH 2014 Preview: 3 New IWC Aquatimer Watches


IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 - frontIn keeping with recent tradition, IWC has put its marketing focus on one watch collection for 2014. This year, it’s the Aquatimer, the brand’s line of divers’ watches. Here are three new models in the revamped Aquatimer collection, which makes its full debut at January’s SIHH watch fair.

In a press release for the new Aquatimer collection, IWC reveals that the 2014 Aquatimer watches will be distinguished by a new type of internal/external rotating bezel, will contain even more in-house IWC movements, and will feature a patented IWC bracelet quick-change system. (More info on the new designs and mechanisms for the 2014 Aquatimer collection is available here.) The collection also features several special-edition models devoted to the environmental organizations IWC supports, the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Cousteau Society.

As its model name implies, the IWC Aquatimer 2000 (Ref. IW358002) is water-resistant to 2,000 meters, making it more than suitable for professional divers as well as amateurs. The case is titanium, and the minimalist dial design echoes that of a vintage IWC watch from 1982, the IWC Ocean 2000, designed by Ferdinand A. Porsche. The watch contains an IWC manufacture movement, Caliber 80110, equipped with the Pellaton winding system.

IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 - front
The IWC Aquatimer 2000, front (above) and back (below)

IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 - back

Among the new IWC Aquatimer watches inspired by the work of Charles Darwin and the Cousteau Society is the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands.” The watch (Ref. IW379502) has a black-on-black look, with a black rubber-coated case, and is powered by another IWC manufacture movement, Caliber 89365. Made in tribute to the archipelago in which Darwin collected the evidence that formed the basis of his theories on evolution and the origin of the species. The watch is water-resistant to 300 meters and features a caseback with an engraving representing the exotic wildlife of the Galapagos.

IWC Aquatimer Chrono Galapagos Islands - front
The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands,” front (above) and back (below)

IWC Aquatimer Chrono Galapagos Islands - back

Another special-edition watch devoted to Darwin and his work, the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph “Expedition Charles Darwin,” is the first IWC watch with a case made of bronze — not coincidentally, a metal used typically in shipbuilding at the time that the famed naturalist made his first journey to the Galapagos Islands. This watch also contains IWC’s in-house 89365 chronograph caliber. An engraved image of Darwin adorns the caseback.

IWC Aquatimer Chrono Charles Darwin - frontIWC Aquatimer Chrono Charles Darwin - backFor even more about the new IWC Aquatimer watches, including many original photos, videos, and an exclusive interview with IWC CEO Georges Kern, click here for Alexander Linz’s detailed report on his blog, Watch-Insider.com. And keep watching WatchTime.com for more previews of watches making their world debut at SIHH.

3 Responses to “SIHH 2014 Preview: 3 New IWC Aquatimer Watches”

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  1. ioancio alex

    these IWC are so beautifully designed that I must have one
    What happened with iwc guys , I think they are on stimulating drugs or to much coffee! great job and great design alex

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  2. Richard Driscoll

    When you talk about a particular watch, please list the prices – I like to get all my news from one source. I don’t want to waste time going from site to site looking for the information. Sometimes you list prices, sometimes you don’t – it would be nice to have some uniformity so we, your readers, will know what to expect. But I LOVE your magazine.
    RD

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    • Jason Francisco

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for the feedback. We try to include prices when available, but for some watches, especially in previews like this one, prices haven’t been officially announced yet.

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