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Far away from the city is a land which basks in eternal sunshine and is the cradle of bio-diversity. This land nestles some of the most endangered species of both flora and fauna and is a landmark for inspiring the budding British naturalist Charles Darwin during his initial years of study. He visited the island in 1835 and found an eco-system so unique that it became the basis of his theory of evolution.
This land is the Galapagos Islands, 1,000 kilometres away from the South American mainland, home to the igneous black rocks, dragon like iguanas, rare turtles and flamingos. The island holds some of the most endangered species of animals and birds and needs the utmost attention. Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen believed in the idea of conserving the natural treasure and hence created a series of watches so unique that they represent the spirit of the ingenious researchers of the Galapagos expedition.
The Aquatimer is one of the most prestigious collections from the brand and is created especially for diving. IWC Schaffhausen has had close connections with diving since the 1960s. In 1967, its growing popularity prompted the company to introduce the first Aquatimer watch. It was water resistant to 20o m and featured an internal rotating bezel to display dive time. Later, in the year 1982, the first diver’s watch in titanium was created with a water resistance of 2000 m with an external rotating bezel. The latest collection is a worthy successor to that Aquatimer collection. In 2009, IWC brought a completely revised Aquatimer collection into the market. The diver’s watches featured a chunky external rotating bezel with an inset sapphire glass whose underside was treated with a thick coating of Super-LumiNova®*.
This particular Aquatimer watch has an all-black look with luminous highlights. Ideal for those who love to spend time under water, the incredible timepiece created in association with the Charles Darwin Foundation has a black dial in a stainless steel case with a rubber coating. It is a perfect outdoor accessory with state of the art functionality and a unique look that is recognisable from a distance. The watch is housed in a 44 mm stainless steel case with a black PVD coat. The differently coloured arc for the first quarter-hour on the rotating bezel is one of the hallmarks of the Aquatimer models, and the contrast between the luminescent hands and indexes, and the black dial increases underwater legibility, making this watch the perfect accompaniment for any keen diver.
The dial has a brilliant black colour with luminescent hour hands pointing towards Arabic numerals. There is a 30 minutes display counter at 12 o’clock, a 12 hour display counter at 6 o’clock and a 60 seconds display counter at 9 o’clock. The external rotating bezel has been etched with a 60 minutes scale and is water resistant to 120 m. The caseback has a special Charles Darwin Foundation engraving.
The watch is powered with an automatic chronograph movement with a 44 hour power reserve and has a water resistance of 120m/400ft. The rubber strap is also one of its essential parts and gives it an outdoor appeal. The dial is protected with scratch resistant sapphire crystal which is dome-shaped, giving the watch a crystal clear look. For some, the excess use of black throughout the watch might be a turn-off but in practicality the watch can go with any attire and mostly fulfills the role of an outdoor wear thanks to its luminescence. The Aquatimer generation represents another step in the further technical evolution of IWC diver’s watches.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin
The brand has tirelessly strived to create a healthy eco-system and with this new collection they have surpassed all their previous attempts. The Aquatimer collection is not only a useful gear but is also a reminder of the need to protect our surroundings. Every small effort that results in the purchase of the Aquatimer is a step closer to the goal. The brand contributes a small amount to the maintenance of the island. They are running a special Galapagos Islands program for contributors to donate otherwise. A thought that can maintain harmony on planet earth, the watch series is noble as well as unique.
At Ethos Watches, we are proud to be associated with the legendary brand. The Aquatimer along with other watch collections from IWC Schaffhausen is showcased at the Ethos Summit store in Elante Mall, Chandigarh. Below are a few snippets of the shop-in-shop. With an expert team of luxury watch representatives to help you choose the best, Ethos provides the guarantee of an authentic product as all the watches come with a brand warranty. You can walk into the Summit boutique and explore these fine Aquatimer watches from IWC Schaffhausen and experience the best of both worlds.
By Disha Birdie
Sr. Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A budding writer and watch enthusiast with a passion for discovering Swiss watchmaking know-how.