Flash news: IWC Aquatimer 2014 Collection
By Thierry Ané on December 23, 2013
For the SIHH 2009, IWC decided to focus its presentation around the Aquatimer collection and initiated a tradition: each year, SIHH introductions would be dedicated to a specific collection with a themed presentation. 2010 was thus the year of the Portuguese, while the brand revamped its Portofino models in 2011. Pilot’s watches were honoured in 2012 and the Ingenieur collection was the centre of attention in 2013. It seems that we have reached the end of the cycle and that 2014 will see the return of the Aquatimer (meaning that the Da Vinci line will not have its year of glory).
There are no official announcements though, so I don’t have a lot of details to share with you. Since a few pictures are circulating on internet, I still wanted to give you a small foretaste of what the brand will be unveiling in January.
From the three available pictures, we can see that there will be at least a three-hand model and a chronograph, both with a date indication. In terms of case materials, we should expect steel or pink gold models as well as black rubberized steel watches
Aesthetically, the big difference with the 2009 models is the return of an inner rotating bezel instead of the external unidirectional rotating bezel. It gives the watch a more refined look and makes it more suitable for everyday wear than the sporty 2009 versions. The desire to make this a multipurpose watch is also confirmed by the colour palette: the strong yellow, red blue or orange of past versions are gone and the watches look much more elegant. Another novelty is the presence of either a crown for the inner bezel or a helium valve at 9 o’clock.
According to the pictures we have, these watches come with a black rubber strap that is also new. It is slightly textured on the chronograph models and highly structured on the three-hand watch (it reminds me of the strap of some Panerai Luminor Submersible models like, for instance, the Luminor Submersible 1950 GMT Regatta). I hope that these watches use IWC’s bracelet quick-change system, as with the Aquatimer Deep Two, and that metal bracelets are offered in addition to the rubber ones.
From what we can tell from the pictures, the watches are really nice and I look forward to discovering the entire collection in January. I will, of course, come back on these watches with more details on that occasion.