Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Charles Darwin"
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Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Galapagos Islands"
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With its 30-bar water-resistance, the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” in bronze is a tribute to the great naturalist, whose observations on the Galapagos Islands led him to fundamental conclusions about the diversity of species. The use of bronze for the attractive case reminds us of the vessel famously used for Darwin’s expedition, HMS Beagle, which took him to the Galapagos Islands.
With its in-house 89365-calibre movement and 30-bar water-resistance, the chronograph is ideally equipped for expeditions both above and under water.
In the course of time, bronze assumes a slight patina and turns darker in colour. This gives the watch its unmistakable character.
The bronze tone recurs in the luminescent coating on the hands and indices, and on the internal rotating bezel's quarter-hour scale.
In Darwin's time, corrosion-resistant bronze was used in shipbuilding for portholes, fittings and nautical instruments, among other things.
The engraving on the back of the watch is a portrait of Darwin, whose theory of evolution changed the thinking of human beings for ever.
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life,” wrote the indefatigable naturalist Charles Darwin. It seems only fitting, therefore, that IWC should dedicate a watch of its own to the father of the theory of evolution. The choice of bronze for the case pays homage to the well-known ship, HMS Beagle, that carried him on his expedition to the Galapagos Islands. In those days, bronze – which is non-corrosive – was used for portholes, fittings and nautical instruments. In keeping with Darwin’s realization that “nothing is more constant than change”, and depending on the use to which it is put, bronze develops a patina in the course of time and darkens in colour, giving the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” its own unmistakable character. The bronze tone recurs in the luminescent material on the hands, indices and 15-minute scale on the internal rotating bezel. Equipped with the IWC-manufactured 89365 movement, rubber-coated push-buttons, the SafeDive system and water-resistance to 30 bar, this special edition is ideal for expeditions in this day and age both above and under water. The engraving on the back is an expressive portrait of Darwin at the time when his revolutionary theory of evolution began to change our way of thinking for ever.
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