IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”
This special edition has a shark engraving on the case back, to raise awareness of the situation affecting sharks.
Today, increasing numbers of shark species are facing extinction. More than 100 million sharks are caught every year whilst continued overfishing depletes their nutritional resources. To raise awareness of the situation affecting sharks, IWC is now producing an exclusive themed special edition of the iconic Aquatimer diver’s watch.
The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” (Ref. IW379506) is limited to 500 watches. The engraving on the case back depicts a group of hammerhead sharks. Enclosed in a stainless-steel 44mm case, water resistant to 30 bars, the timepiece is driven by the automatic IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre, with chronograph and flyback function, and a power reserve of 68 hours. Dive times can be set using the mechanical external/internal rotating bezel. This trailblazing IWC development combines the excellent legibility of an internal rotating bezel with the ease of use of an external bezel. The IWC SafeDive system ensures that the internal bezel can only be adjusted in an anticlockwise direction. Luminescent coatings on the dial, hands and the internal rotating bezel provide optimum legibility underwater.
This exclusive Aquatimer is supplied in a bundle with Michael Muller’s book “Sharks”. The American photographer is famous for his portraits of the world’s most elite actors, musicians and sports stars. But for the past decade, Muller has been concentrating on his work with sharks. He swims with the ocean predators without the usual protection of an iron cage, approaching them with a 1,200-watt underwater strobe lighting rig. As a result, he manages to portray them with the same technical perfection the he brings to his Hollywood studio shoots. His spectacular photographs have been collected and presented in an extra-large coffee-table book from the renowned publishing house TASCHEN. The volume is signed by the photographer and presented in a striking iron cage, guaranteed to protect against shark bites.
"Protecting endangered species is one of the key themes in IWC’s commitment to environmental issues", explains Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. "That is why, since 2009, we have also been working intensively with the Charles Darwin Foundation as it campaigns for various causes such as the preservation of the shark populations in the Galapagos Marine Reserve."
With a clear emphasis on technology and development, IWC Schaffhausen has been manufacturing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. Its philosophy, based on a passion for watchmaking, aims to maintain a spirit of indefatigable initiative and impeccable craftsmanship.Find out more
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