IWC Schaffhausen Blog
Classic elegance and technological development are the hallmarks of the new IWC Spitfire Chronograph.
Perfect for the ascent: IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month
75 years ago, the Swiss Grand Prix at the Bremgarten circuit near Bern ended with a triple triumph for @MercedesBenz Hermann Lang wins, followed by Rudolf Caracciola. With the Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil, #IWC has breathed fresh life into the legend of these historic Mercedes-Benz racing cars.
IWC Da Vinci Chronograph, featuring the 89361 Calibre.
Tradition still sails: Navigation with the sextante
#DidYouKnow: “The small pocket inside of the larger pocket of your jeans was originally designed to carry pocket watches.”
Homage To The Man Behind The Theory Of Evolution: The #IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin”
A Double Champion In Titanium: The #IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium
Zeitgeist Combined With Tradition: The #IWC Portuguese Automatic
Deep Dive with an IWC Collector: Craig Henshaw
To say that Toronto-based watch collector Craig Henshaw is
the very definition of an IWC man is an understatement: constantly seeking out
adventure might as well be his job description, and on almost all of these
endeavors, you can find him sporting a piece from his IWC collection. However,
it’s Craig’s Aquatimer Deep Two that holds a special place in his heart.
As an active diver and underwater
photographer, Craig has traveled to far-off destinations not known to most.
One such place is Taveuni, a remote island off the cost of Fiji, that is the
third largest island in the Fijian archipelago. Notably, Taveuni is home to
CIVA Pearl Farm (“civa”, pronounced “dheeva” means “pearl” in Fijian), a small,
family-run farm that turns out, as Craig describes, some of the most unique and
unblemished pearls in the world. This is a result of the black-lipped oysters,
native to the area and known for creating the most colorful and unique pearls
Craig explains: “Fijian pearls are truly unlike any others
as they express a plethora of colors; apple green, cranberry, champagne, blush
pinks and sapphire blues. The white spheres that are so revered elsewhere pale
into insignificance amongst this universe of hues.”
For all their beauty, finding these pearls is no small feat.
Simply getting to Taveuni is an expedition. So, imagine a diver’s anxiety when
at the final stages of suiting up, after traveling to this remote location, he
learns that his dive computer is on the fritz.
“My heart sunk. It’s the last sound any diver wants to hear.
My computer was dead. Totally dead,” said Craig. “I had dragged 20lbs of camera
and lighting equipment, all in top-grade underwater housing, half way around
the world with my girlfriend, just for this dive.”
Luckily for Craig, during a trip to Hong Kong, he noticed
the IWC Aquatimer Deep Two while shopping. With the built-in mechanical depth
gauge and rotating bezel, he was able to calculate both the dive time and
depth. Along with an old-school pressure gauge (the dive master’s regulator
hoses that had grown swollen and large at the base almost exploded pre-dive as
well) and the skills he picked up throughout his 28 years of diving, Craig was
able to get in the water.
“My Aquatimer purchase is a side effect of my own insatiable
need to buy dive gear,” said Craig. “And I’m glad I had it – this dive was
too important to miss.”
Along with capturing the beauty of the pearl farm and the
pearls themselves, Craig had another mission on this trip: discovering the
perfect pearl. And he was in luck: during the dive, his guide discovered a
spectacular dark green pearl, very rarely found in nature.
“It was truly the perfect pearl, and it’s exactly what I was
At the conclusion of the dive, the boat began the long trip
back to shore, but with one stop, unbeknownst to Craig’s girlfriend who was
part of the diving expedition. The location? A small spot nicknamed “Honeymoon
Island” by the locals.
Pulling out the magnificent green pearl discovered on the
dive, Craig went down on one knee to propose.
“I said, ‘Any man can give his girl a diamond ring. I got
this pearl from the bottom of the ocean just so I can ask you this: will you be
my wife?’” shared Craig.