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The Aquatimer Automatic, Just In Time For Spring

The weather is finally starting to warm up here in New York (a little bit at least) and as we swap sweaters for polo shirts, we’ll be looking for some new watches to wear as well. As we start to look forward to sunny vacations, nothing seems more appropriate than a sturdy dive watch that can go anywhere. Enter the new Aquatimer Automatic.

While many of the new Aquatimers come in larger case diameters, the basic Aquatimer Automatic measures 42mm across, making it extremely versatile. Alright, maybe it’s not quite the right fit with a suit at the office, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. The watch feels robust on the wrist and is definitely not one to be treated gingerly. You can really live in this watch and not worry about it one bit.

Although its the smallest and most basic member of the new Aquatimer collection, it does include all the features of the new family. This includes the SafeDive bezel system, which uses the external rotating bezel to turn the internal timing bezel. It turns in 1-minute increments for precise dive timing. There’s also the quick-change bracelet system, which lets you swap the heavy-duty bracelet for the lighter rubber strap without using any tools. For this time of year, the bracelet is perfect in most situations.

One of our favorite things about the new Aquatimer Automatic is the dial/bezel treatment. Both color options, black and silver-coated, look extremely high-quality with the printing crisp and clean and enough background texture to add interest. The Super-Luminova is every bit as bright as what you’d expect from a hardcore dive watch. 

You can learn more about the Aquatimer Automatic here.

-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen

HODINKEE’s Pick: The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin”

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Live from SIHH 2014 we gave you a first look at the entire new Aquatimer collection, including everything from the basic automatic to the digital perpetual calendar. Now we’ve had some time to dig a little deeper and we’d like to give you a closer look at one of our favorite Aquatimer watch, the Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin.”

The guts of the Expedition Charles Darwin are mostly the same as those of the three other special edition chronographs in the collection. The in-house calibre 89365 movement combines an automatic winding system with a 68-hour power reserve and a two-register chronograph. The top register displays the running seconds while the lower register counts up to 60 minutes of elapsed time. The shapes of the hands differ between the two functions, making it easy to differentiate the chronograph from the main time keeping parts of the watch.

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What’s most special about the Expedition Charles Darwin is the case. This is the first time IWC has made a watch with a bronze case, chosen here for its connection with 19th century shipbuilding – bronze was a crucial component in ships such as Darwin’s HMS Beagle. It’s 44mm across and the bronze makes the case extremely robust and resistant to corrosion. That said, it will develop a unique patina as the metal is exposed to the elements.

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The little details are executed really well here. The rubber strap can be swapped out through the quick-change system, the luminescent material on the hands and markers matches the bronze case, and the pushers and crown have a nice rubber coating. The caseback features a portrait of Charles Darwin too.

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Overall, the Expedition Charles Darwin brings something new to the Aquatimer collection without going overboard, keeping the watch extremely wearable. Over time the patina will become personal, meaning it only gets better with age.

-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen

A Busy Week for IWC Charitable Partner Laureus Sport For Good

Here at IWC Schaffhausen we are proud of our charitable commitments around the world, and especially endeavored towards our efforts in support of the Laureus Sport for Good program, whose global programs help children in need engage in social and athletic activities. This past week was quite newsworthy for the Laureus Foundation and we wanted to share all of the activities with you!

We’ve previously shared the news of a worldwide contest, where children could submit design entries which would be engraved on the back of a limited Portofino Chronograph Laureus edition watch.

Olympian Steve Redgrave presenting Kumara with her prize

This year the competition was won by a eight year old Sri Lankan girl – and just this week she had an unparalleled experience, when Kumara Wadu Parami Apsara was presented her winning prize by Olympian and Laureus World Sports Academy Member Steve Redgrave.

As Redgrave explained after presenting the award: “You could see the delight in her eyes and the pride in what she had achieved. It’s wonderful to think that the drawing she has made will travel around the world on the back of this watch and raise money to help other youngsters like her.”

Meanwhile on the other side of the world (and in IWC Schaffhausen’s home country), Laureus Switzerland held a fundraising auction, raising more than 350,000 EUR. This included a 140,000 CHF (116,000 EUR) IWC watch, an unique timepiece that not only embodies the craftsmanship of IWC but brings to its wearer the embodiment of philanthropy. The auction also included a trip to the Laureus World Sports Awards 2013 – to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

An amazing timepiece auctioned for an equally amazing cause, benefitting Laureus Switzerland

From honoring a young Sri Lankan girl’s artistic pursuits, to providing needed funds for children in Switzerland the Laureus Foundation is truly committed to bettering the lives of young people around the world. And we, at IWC Schaffhausen, are proud to partner with them in this quest.