IWC Schaffhausen unveils three new Aquatimer diving watches
by Zoe Dickens
Swiss fine watch brand IWC Schaffhausen has unveiled three new additions to its Aquatimer diving watch range.
The brand’s popular Aquatimer Automatic 2000 diving watch will now be available with yellow hands and a black dial. Based on the classic 1982 timepiece designed by Ferdinand A. Porsche, the Automatic is one of the best titanium watches available and is particularly popular among sailors for its 2,000 metre waterproof capabilities, 44 hour power reserve and SafeDive system.
IWC has also added two new special edition timepieces to the range. The first, the Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau”, is the latest in a string of timepieces created by the brand to honour the famous French oceanographer as part of its partnership with the Cousteau society.
The new watch commemorates Cousteau’s career with a deep blue dial, minimalist design and an engraving of Cousteau wearing his trademark beanie hat to the caseback. With a 42-hour power reserve, waterproof capabilities to 300 metres, a rotating bezel and luminescent elements, the watch also proves to be a reliable and stylish option for the modern explorer.
The final new addition is the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “La Cumbre Volcano” — a 500 piece limited edition watch named for the eponymous volcano in the Galapagos Islands. The timepiece has been created to commemorate IWC’s partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation, to whom all proceeds will be donated, and draw attention to the challenges facing the fragile ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands.
With a black stainless steel case and dial and dark red chronograph display to resemble La Cumbre’s magma, the timepiece offers a 68-hour power reserve, water resistance to 300 metres and a chronograph flyback function along with all the features expected of a quality modern diving watch.