Movies, it seems, are becoming a key launchpad for IWC. In last year’s hit action flick Top Gun: Maverick, the young pilots recruited to the Top Gun programme sported STFI (Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor)-edition IWC Pilot’s Watches. That detail is true to life: These timepieces are only available to Top Gun students and instructors in real life.
The watch brand’s latest celluloid inspiration is a lot more of a departure from reality, but no less compelling. Tying up with Warner Bros Picture’s latest action flick, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, IWC is launching new editions of its Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, inspired by prop watches it created for the film.
The sequel to 2018’s Aquaman, the new film sees characters Black Manta (played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and Dr Stephen Shin (Randall Park) engaging in villainy while wearing watches that brightly glow red or blue. Unfortunately, while you can’t have those prop timepieces (yet?), you can avail yourself of the complex dive watches inspired by them.
There are two limited editions of the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, each limited to 25 pieces. While both timepieces feature black dials and hands, they are differentiated by Super-LumiNova in blue or red. The lume can be found on the dial, hands, and internal unidirectional rotating bezel.
While both timepieces are big with diameters of 49mm — the standard size of similar Aquatimer perpetual calendar models — their weight is checked by a lightweight case made of Ceratanium. Uniting ceramic and titanium, this IWC patented alloy offers the toughness of titanium along with the scratch-resistance of ceramic, and of course, the well-established lightness of both. Here, it has been used for the case, caseback rings, crowns and pushers.
Powering these timepieces is the in-house 89802 calibre, a self-winding movement with a 68-hour power reserve. This watch has a couple of distinctive features: Firstly, it has unusual digital displays for the date and month, which work via rotating discs that are visible through the honeycomb mesh dial. Secondly, the watch also includes a chronograph function, which shows the elapsed hours and minutes in the subdial at 12 o’clock.
The watches come on a black rubber strap with a Ceratanium pin buckle. But like all Aquatimers, they feature the brand’s quick-change system, so owners can easily switch out their straps.
The Aquatimer Perpetual Digital Date-Month retails for $89,800.