Honoring 50 Years Of Scientific Research In The Galapagos With A Limited Edition Aquatimer

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IWC’s partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation permeates the new Aquatimer collection, but there is one watch in particular that stands out as benefiting the Foundation. The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science for Galapagos” honors the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Foundation and celebrates all the work they have been doing.

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The Edition 50 Years Science (reference 3795, if you’re keeping track) starts with a 44mm stainless steel case in the new Aquatimer profile. This includes the architectural lugs and the grooved Safe Dive bezel, which rotates both directions but only turns the internal rotating bezel when turned counter-clockwise and does not turn it at all under water. The clutch mechanism is housed in the protrusion on the left side of the case.

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What sets the Edition 50 Years Science apart is the matte black vulcanized rubber coating on the case and chronograph pushers as well as the special lume color on the dial. The hour batons, hands, and bezel markings are all a rich blue meant to mimic the blue of the famous blue-footed booby, endemic to the Galapagos Islands. You can see here how closely the color actually matches:

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Inside the Edition 50 Years Science is an in-house caliber 89365, a movement in the caliber 89000 family but without an hours counter for the chronograph. You do get a 60-minute counter at 12 o’clock and the chronograph is a flyback, plus it can be used underwater. The power reserve is 68 hours and the watch is automatically winding. 

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The case is thick at 17mm, but it lends this watch a robust tool-watch feel. It wears well on the black rubber strap and if you turn the watch over you’ll find a special caseback engraving to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Foundation.

This is a limited edition of only 500 pieces with proceeds benefiting the Charles Darwin Foundation. You can find more details here.

-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen

Exploring The Galapagos Islands With The New Aquatimers

IWC has had a long standing partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation, based in the Galapagos Islands, but the latest collection of Aquatimers expanding this partnership with three special watches. We spent a few days last week exploring the Galapagos with IWC and of course had the opportunity to visit the Charles Darwin Foundation and to wear the new Aquatimers in their natural habitat.

The first watch is the most traditional of the bunch. The Edition Galapagos Islands is already a mainstay in the Aquatimer collection, and this new execution is really exciting. The steel case is coated in matte black rubber, giving it a really tactile quality and there are all the new features including the Safe Dive Bezel too. On the caseback is the iconic marine iguana (of which we saw more than a few). 

Next is the Edition 50 Years Of Science For Galapagos,” which starts much the same as the Edition Galapagos Islands with the black rubber-coated case and clean dial. But, the dial here is adorned with blue luminous markings that give it a softer overall feel. The caseback has a special decoration to celebrate the Charles Darwin Foundation’s 50th anniversary, a milestone for scientific research in the Galapagos.

The last watch is the Edition Expedition Charles Darwin, the first even bronze watch from IWC. The material was chosen because it was heavily used in 19th-century shipbuilding and was a key part of The Beagle, the ship on which Darwin explored the islands. The material takes on a great patina, and you can already see it developing after two days of diving and hiking. Really a beautiful material and one that tells a story over time.

We will of course have more for you from this amazing journey in the coming weeks, here and on HODINKEE.

-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen

Meet Carmelo Anthony: NBA Superstar of the New York Knicks and Film Buff

As a modern Renaissance Man, Carmelo Anthony’s knowledge and expertise spans far beyond the basketball court. Whether it’s his philanthropic work with The Carmelo Anthony Foundation or his editorial contributions to Haute Time, Carmelo embodies the spirit of a true culture aficionado. Obviously, this includes his love of cinema.

As a member of the New York Knicks, Carmelo understands the importance of camaraderie and the bonds of unbreakable friendship. Knowing this, it’s not a surprise that his favorite film is “Once Upon a Time in America”, starring Robert De Niro, James Woods and Joe Pesci and directed by Sergio Leone.

Although his favorite movie hails from 1984, Carmelo lives in the present when it comes to his favorite directors. “I like to support the up-and-comers, and there isn’t a shortage of talented young directors coming out of New York,” said Carmelo.

As someone who is no stranger to wearing IWC on the red carpet, Carmelo is especially excited to see the brand represented on the hit series “House of Cards”, starring IWC Friend of the Brand Kevin Spacey.

On Thursday, April 17, tune into www.iwc.com/tribeca for live Instagram photos and tweets from IWC’s “For the Love of Cinema” dinner red carpet, featuring both celebrities and IWC timepieces.

Introducing The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition Le Petit Prince

This year’s Saint-Exupéry watches from IWC took their inspiration directly from the author and pilot’s most famous work, Le Petit Prince. We already showed you both the Mark XVII Edition Le Petit Prince and the Big Pilot’s Perpetual Calendar Edition Le Petit Prince, and today we have another addition to the collection. Here we present the Pilot’s Chronograph Edition Le Petit Prince.

You can see immediately that the new chronograph carries through a number of traits from the other two Le Petit Prince watches. Most notably is the blue sunburst dial, which looks incredible in person. You can see some hands-on photos with the Mark XVII here to full appreciate the dial color. The hands and markers also have that longer, sleeker form with pointed tips.

The specs on this watch are otherwise like those of the standard ref. 3777 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph. The steel case is 43mm and the movement is the IWC caliber 79320. This has a running seconds register at 9 o’clock, a 30 minutes counter at 12 o’clock, and a 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock. There are also bright white wheels visible at 3 o’clock displaying the day of the week and the date – the latter in the “altimeter” style of the new Pilot’s range.

Unlike the other Le Petit Prince watches, this watch is not a limited edition, meaning more collectors will have a chance to get their hands on one. The Mark XVII was limited to only 1,000 pieces and the perpetual calendar to only 270.

-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen

Meet Beth Janson: Tribeca Film Institute Executive Director and IWC Filmmaker Award Jury Member



Beth Janson is the Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute® and sits on the jury for the IWC Filmmaker Award. Beth joined Tribeca in 2004 after an impressive career in the film industry, including work with the Newport International Film Festival and HBO Documentary Films/Cinemax Reel Life. 


What is the mission of the Tribeca Film Institute? 

The mission of TFI is to champion storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. We provide filmmakers and media artists with more than $2 million each year in funding in addition to professional support and mentoring, and run film-based educational programming that reaches more than 30,000 public school students each year. We are a year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001.  

Is there a filmmaker that inspires you?

Right now, I am probably most inspired by One9 and Erik Parker. Their film, Time is Illmatic, which is opening this year’s Tribeca Film Festival® and which TFI funded, took years to make, and was a labor of love. It tells the very human story of wanting great things for our children, and profiles one man’s successful journey from the most forgotten parts of our society, to one of the most revered.

What is your advice to young people looking to get into filmmaking?

Be curious. Intellectual curiosity is paramount to being a successful filmmaker. Channel yours and the rest will fall into place.  

From  your perspective, how has IWC’s partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute had a positive impact on the Institute’s students and alumni?

While the IWC Filmmaker Award is designed to be awarded to a promising professional filmmaker, we do have a robust Education department at TFI which oftentimes facilitates teaching about the themes of our professional filmmakers’ works through study guides custom created for those films. As our partnership with IWC continues, we could think about including some of the IWC Filmmaker Award winners’ films in our educational programming in this capacity.  

Watchmaking and filmmaking share many similarities – how do you think these two crafts complement one another?

Both watchmaking and filmmaking require precision, patience and perseverance to achieve a finished product. In each trade, the final output is a product of a lot of hard work and an extreme attention to detail.  

What are you most looking forward to when it comes to IWC’s continued support of the Tribeca Film Institute?

IWC’s partnership with TFI has allowed one talented and promising filmmaker to work on his project without the specter of constantly having to seek funding hanging over him, and has provided him with invaluable guidance and support from our team at every step of their creative process. We are grateful to IWC for helping us to now extend that to a second filmmaker and hope to continue our partnership to afford many more filmmakers such opportunity.

To stay abreast of news on the partnership between IWC and TFI, please visit www.iwc.com/tribeca.