18 posts tagged watch
18 posts tagged watch
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
Man’s fascination with defying gravity and exploring the skies is as long as time. There have been many pioneers and enthusiasts in the field of aviation, and one in particular that we at IWC continue to pay tribute to is French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
As an air mail pilot over the Saharan desert
It was 100 years ago that twelve year old Saint-Exupéry took his first flight, an experience that would lead him to a life of exploration and imagination as he circled the globe. After serving as a pilot in the French Army Air Force, he began conducting air mail delivery to far flung locations in the Saharan desert. Flying this service in the late 1920’s involved combating desert sandstorms, navigating unknown routes, and encountering local cultures unknown to many.
With a nod to the avid pursuit of his dreams and his passion for adventure, we at IWC took the anniversary of Saint-Exupéry’s first flight to release the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A limited edition red gold version was released last Spring, but the latest comes in stainless steel, serving as a nod to the glistening nose of the aircraft he flew.
The special edition Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, in stainless steel
A tobacco-colored dial and calfskin strap harken the well-known Saint-Exupéry image, for those acutely familiar with our previous tributes to the flying ace. A sun pattern finish on the dial speaks to that bright spot in the sky guiding the pilot’s way; the anti reflective coating on the watch’s face ensures the sun will not interfere with using the instrument.
The back of the Chrono showing the engraved Lightning P-38
With a 89361-calibre movement the Chronograph can display long periods of time on one subdial, a necessity for aviators. And the back is etched with a tribue to Saint-Exupéry and the last aircraft he ever flew, the Lightning P-38. Leaving on a World War II reconnaissance mission in 1944 he never returned. It was not until 2003 that the wreckage was recovered in the waters near Marseille.
We hope you enjoy this special timepiece, as it is a showcase of our admiration for Antoine Saint-Exupéry, and for all those who have come after him in an attempt to conquer the skies.