Last year IWC reinvigorated the Ingenieur family of watches and in 2012 we got a new arrangement of Pilot’s watches . Well, 2014 will be the year of the Aquatimer and here we have a first gander at a portion of the new releases. The new family will incorporate revamps of the standard IWC plunge watch as well as some restricted releases that take advantage of various case materials and in-house developments. We will have all the details for you from SIHH in only a couple brief weeks, however here are some early hopes to get you excited.
IWC last overhauled the Aquatimer assortment in 2009, around then making various major updates to the line. The hallmarks of this five-year-old assortment are the powerful 44mm cases, the external rotating bezels with sapphire additions, and the splendid Superluminova markings. The new assortment keeps the same general tasteful as the 2009 Aquatimer assortment, yet presents a few new technical innovations.
IWC SafeDive System, A Combination Internal-External Bezel
The generally noticeable of the new features is the “IWC SafeDive System,” a combination internal-external bezel framework. The Aquatimer watches have, throughout the long term, featured various distinctive internal and external bezel frameworks, however this is a totally new idea from IWC. Instead of the usual crown-based operation, this internal bezel is constrained by an external rotating bezel that is liberated from markings. This gives you the look and reliability of the internal bezel, however with the ease of operation of the external bezel. Additionally, the clutch mechanism just allows the internal bezel to rotate counter-clockwise in one-minute augmentations, making it both exact and uni-directional (something rarely seen in internal bezels). Finally, the new Aquatimers will again utilize two shades of Superluminova, with blue for time display and green for plunge times.
Aquatimer Automatic 2000 – 2009 and 2014 Editions
While the assortment will cover the full range of complications, sizes, and materials, we have three special version Aquatimers for you today. The first is the Aquatimer Automatic 2000, roused by the 1982 Ocean 2000, intended for IWC by in all honesty F.A. Porsche. The Ocean 2000 was the primary serially made titanium jump watch and so this Aquatimer 2000 has a 45mm titanium case that is water-resistant to 200 bar of pressing factor. Here you can see it next to each other with the 2009 Automatic 2000 – the new plan has a much cleaner look with a more restrained shading palette and a finished dial. Inside is the IWC caliber 80110, acquiring a house development to the blend as well.
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galapagos Islands
Getting into the more directional plans, there is the latest incarnation of the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galapagos Islands. It retains the black elastic coated steel development of the past release, however again with a more streamlined look. You’ll see various contrasts in functionality as well – the new chronograph layout has a 60-minute register at 12 o’clock and no hours totalizer in place of the more visually thick 30-moment and 12-hour totalizer configuration of the old Galapagos. Also the calendar in the in-house caliber 89365 just displays the date, not the day of the week. The yellow accents and black-and-white shading scheme certainly keep the lineage clear though.
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Charles Darwin
The final Aquatimer we have for you today is something completely new, the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Charles Darwin. Featuring the same caliber 89365 as the Edition Galapagos Islands, the Expedition Charles Darwin is the primary watch from IWC with a strong bronze case. The rationale behind this choice is that bronze played an integral job in shipbuilding during the nineteenth century, when Darwin took his legendary voyages. This is one we’re particularly eager to find in the metal.
We will have more on the 2014 IWC Aquatimer assortment as information becomes available, and you can rely on seeing loads of live photographs dispatched from SIHH in the not so distant future. To see the 2009 Aquatimers before they disappear, click here .