The latest collaboration among the prestigious Swiss manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen, the respected art publisher TASCHEN and the worldwide known American photographer Michael Muller resulted in a creation of a stunning Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”. This exceptional diver is produced in the limited quantity of 500 specimens.
The famous photographer has spent the last few years documenting sharks in the wild. He was armed with nothing but a patented seven-bulb 1200-watt strobe lighting rig while dived deep into the ocean to capture these fascinating creatures. The collection of his photographs was published earlier this year in his Taschen book entitled “Sharks”. Each piece from this special collection comes with hand-signed copy of this book presented in a bite-proof metal shark cage.
Muller’s achievement has inspired the Schaffhausen-based manufacturer to produce this exclusive special edition timepiece. As we got used to from the Swiss watchmaker who is well-known for its commitment to environmental issues, a part of the proceeds from sales will go to support the Charles Darwin Foundation. This international not-for-profit scientific organization campaigns for the preservation of the shark population in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” (ref. IW379506) is housed in a stainless steel case measuring 44mm in diameter and 17mm in thickness. The case is shielded with sapphire crystals and beneath the front glass lies a gray dial, which is said to be inspired by the color of many shark species. According to the international standards for diver’s timepieces, the dial comprises luminescent coatings to provide the best legibility even in a deep murky water.
Conversely, the case back of this special edition timepiece is encrusted with a special engraving depicting a group of hammerhead sharks swimming.
The beating heart of this impressive diving instrument is the in-house manufactured caliber 89365 which unites a flyback chronograph function with a self-winding system. The mechanical chronograph movement is built on 35 jewels and provides power reserve of 68 hours. The new IWC’s diving watch is protected from immersion in water to the depths of 300 meters (about 1,000 feet).
The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” is equipped with the IWC’s SafeDive system which ensures that the internal bezel can only be set in an anticlockwise direction. Dive times can be adjusted by using the external/internal rotating bezel.
The new Aquatimer comes with a comfortable rubber strap with a quick change system on a steel pin buckle. The special edition timepiece can be purchased in IWC boutiques worldwide.