IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “La Cumbre Volcano” (Ref. IW379505) limites to 500 pieces, dedicated to the eponymous volcano in the Galapagos Islands. This watch was debuted at SIHH 2016.
This new member to the popular Aquatimer range of diving watches features the IWC manufactured 89365-calibre movement. Water-resistant to 30 bar, the chronograph has a flyback function, automatic winding and a power reserve of 68 hours. The dive time can be set using the mechanical external/internal rotating bezel. This ingenious in-house development from IWC combines the legibility of an internal rotating dive ring with the ease of use of an external bezel. The IWC SafeDive system ensures that the inner ring can be moved only anticlockwise. The luminescent coating on the hands, numerals and internal rotating bezel guarantee optimum legibility under water.With this special edition, IWC Schaffhausen addresses the issues facing the Galapagos archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Since 2009, the company has been working as partner of the Charles Darwin Foundation to preserve this fragile ecosystem and its fascinating biodiversity. The limited-edition timepiece is dedicated to the La Cumbre volcano on the island of Fernandina. The internal rotating bezel, central seconds and minute hand of the chronograph display are dark red in colour to symbolize seething magma.
The engraving on the case back shows the volcano erupting. The stainless-steel case is coated with matte black rubber, which gives the watch its singular feel. Every case is individually pressure and heat-bonded with the rubber. Part of the proceeds from sales is used to support the Charles Darwin Foundation.