Even though IWC is heavily focusing on its pilot’s watches for 2016, the Aquatimer range, which was relaunched in 2014, will also be extended: The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “La Cumbre Volcano” (Ref. IW379505), limited to 500 pieces; the Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau” (Ref. IW329005); and the Aquatimer Automatic 2000 with a black-and-yellow dial (Ref. IW358001) were all announced shortly before Christmas and will be presented at the upcoming SIHH in Geneva.
One of them, the aforementioned Aquatimer 2000, has already been delivered to some of the brand’s boutiques, one of which has offered us the opportunity to take some quick pictures:
Like its sister model, Ref. IW358002, this new-dial version is outfitted with an impressive sapphire crystal to ensure a water resistance of 2,000 meters; the titanium case measures 46 mm in diameter and 20.5 mm in height:
The Aquatimer 2000 is powered by an IWC in-house movement, Caliber 80110, and offers a 44-hour power reserve. The black rubber strap can be easily removed thanks to IWC’s bracelet quick-change system (see picture below). The list price is $9,500.