At the time of the icy winter in the Northland, the warm sunny island is what the holidaymakers want. The turquoise waters and rolling beaches are perfect for diving. This off-season romance, in addition to the blue sky, sun, sea, and beach, divers also need to be equipped with a professional diving watch perfect for winter island holidays. Just at this time, Swiss watchmaker IWC launched three new timepieces in the marine timepiece diver’s watch family. A special edition of 500 pieces of marine chronograph ‘La Cumbre’ is a tribute to La Cumbre, Galapagos Islands. At the same time, the Ocean Time 2000 automatic watch also uses a new color combination of black and yellow. The special edition of the Ocean Time Automatic “Jacques-Yves Cousteau Adventure” is a commemoration of the latest special edition of this French diving pioneer.
IWC IWC Marine Chronograph Chronograph ‘Lachumbra’ Special Edition IW379505
IWC Marine Timepiece 2000 Automatic IW358001
IWC Special Edition Automatic Timepiece ‘Jacques-Yves. Cousteau Adventure’ IW329005
‘Since the launch of the first marine timepiece in 1967, divers’ watches have become an integral part of our timepiece collection. These models exude dynamics, vitality and strength, and are the perfect partner for underwater and land adventures.’ IWC CEO Georges Kern concludes. In 2014, IWC launched a newly designed marine timepiece series. Today, three new watches have been added to this collection:
Marine Chronograph ‘La Cumbre Volcano’ Special Edition (Model: IW379505), limited edition of 500 pieces, and driven by IWC 89365 homemade movement. This self-winding chronograph has a flyback function, is water-resistant to 30 bar, and has a full power reserve of 68 hours. Dive time can be set by mechanically rotating the bezel inside and outside. This development of IWC combines the readability of the rotating inner ring with the convenient operation of rotating the outer ring. The IWC SafeDive system ensures that the rotating inner ring can only rotate counterclockwise. Luminous coatings on hands, numbers, and scales ensure the best readability underwater.
With this special edition watch, IWC Schaffhausen has deepened its theme connection with the Pacific Galapagos Islands. Since 2009, the brand has partnered with the Darwin Foundation to contribute to protecting this fragile ecosystem and its fascinating biodiversity. This limited edition watch is a tribute to La Cumbre on Fernandina Island. The dark red hue of the rotating inner ring, the central second hand and the chronograph minute hand symbolizes boiling magma. The engraving on the bottom of the table shows the volcano in the eruption. The stainless steel case is covered with black matte rubber, giving the timepiece a unique touch. Each case is individually tightly bonded to rubber in a special mold under high pressure and high temperature conditions. Part of the sales proceeds from this watch will be donated to the Darwin Foundation to support its research career.
For the Ocean Time 2000 automatic watch (model: IW358001), IWC Schaffhausen has newly equipped it with yellow hands and scales, as well as a black dial. The origin of this timepiece can be traced back to the diving watch made for minesweepers in 1982. It was designed by the designer Ferdinand A. Porsche. With a water resistance of up to 2,000 meters, the Ocean Time 2000 Automatic Watch is a professional diving instrument for ambitious professional divers and diving enthusiasts. The watch is driven by IWC’s self-made 80110 self-winding movement with a power reserve of 44 hours. This timepiece has a mechanical inner and outer rotating bezel, IWC safety diving system and luminous coating. The movement is housed in a titanium case with a diameter of 46 mm. The deep sea diver’s decorative engraving on the bottom of the case and the black rubber strap complete the watch’s overall sporty appearance.
With the special edition of the Jacques-Yves Cousteau Adventure Timepiece (model: IW329005), the Chronograph IWC continues to pay tribute to the French diving pioneer With the tradition of oceanographers. As a partner of the Cousteau Association, IWC also contributes to the restoration of the Calypso research vessel in Cousteau. The watch stands out with its dark blue dial and pure design. The engraved pattern on the stainless steel case back reproduces the face of ‘Captain’ Jacques Yves Cousteau, and the iconic wool hat is indispensable. This self-winding watch is water-resistant to 30 bar and offers a 42-hour power reserve. Watch configuration includes mechanical rotating bezel, IWC safety diving system and luminous coating.