We dropped into IWC recently to inspect the brand’s new Aquatimer range which premiered at Baselworld this year.
The new Aquatimer builds on the successful aspects of the range that debuted in 2009 adding some exciting new materials and new technologies to the lineup. IWC have opted for a more subtle approach to the 2014 Aquatimer’s appearance, dropping the bright colours and referencing the functional design of the first Aquatimers in the 1960’s.
The rotating bezel mechanism houses IWC’s newest technical modification – the IWC SafeDive system. The mechanism combines the advantages of an internal rotating bezel, which engages precisely in steps of one minute and protects the mechanism against dirt and seawater, with the ease of use of an external rotating bezel that can be rotated simply by a diver wearing gloves or with cold fingers. Case diameters range from the useful 42mm right up to whopping 49mm making the Aquatimer distinctively masculine.
For the first time the brand introduces Bronze to the range (unfortunately it wasn’t available to shoot) as a homage to the man it was named after, Mr Charles Darwin. The stainless steel Galapagos Edition coated in black rubber is an unsuspecting highlight of the range giving the watch an incredible look and feel while on the wrist. Likewise the Jacques Cousteau Edition is a formidable contender for pick of bunch. With it’s iconic blue dial the sixth Cousteau special edition is an undeniable beauty whilst the levels of craftsmanship on the polished and satin-finished surfaces enhance the high-quality appearance of even the most basic three hand automatic Aquatimer.
Whilst I loved the Cousteau in the flesh I was as equally impressed with the basic Automatic model. I feel like it has helped re-establish the Aquatimer as a suitable everyday sports watch with it’s approachable dial and modern design.