The most expecting and the first bronze watch in 2014, among so many watches, is the AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION “EXPEDITION CHARLES DARWIN(IW379503). To be honest, IWC, I think, just want to keep in line with fashion, as Panerai, after released a couple of bronze watches, suddenly become hot in the world. We have seen that bronze have been applied to some medium watches, what about the high-end watches? IT is pretty much complicated. Before the stainless steel, bronze was quite popular in producing tools or other stuff, particularly in building ships. But stainless steel changed this. With time goes by, bronze has its unique aerugo which may looks pretty much cool in the sport watches, but it is hard to imagine what this aerugo would become years later.
2014 is the first year when IWC launched the diver watches, so there are a large number of diver watches. There are two kinds of diver watches, but is quite different from these two, not only because there are special edition, but also they has an IWC home-made automatic winding movement.
AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION “EXPEDITION CHARLES DARWIN” has a IWC 89365 automatic winding movement which works at a frequency of 28800 timers per hour and has 68 hours of energy reserve. AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION has a modern style that melts with traditional diver watches. The 44 mm case fits your wrist, and what I favor is the patterns of nostalgia. IWC chooses rubber to cover the buttons and crown, to make you feel the nostalgia.
Do not forget to consider the 300 meters of water-resistance in AQUATIMER CHRONOGRAPH EDITION. we can also see some new features, such as the strap-releasing system that is upgraded comparing to the last version. The bracelet is easy to release it. But nothing is perfect, as you have to use IWC’s bracelet. What’s more, the bronze edition has no other choices on bracelet and what you can have is the rubber strap.