The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galápagos Islands, with a black rubber coated case and strap, plays tribute to the International Watch Company’s partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation. The CDF is an international non-profit scientific organization, working in the Galápagos Islands since 1959 under an agreement with the Government of Ecuador. Their mission is to work closely with government institutions, providing scientific knowledge and assistance to ensure the conservation of the Galápagos.
The Galápagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, in Ecuador. It is considered the world’s supreme destination for wild life viewing because its isolation is home to a diversity of plant and animal species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Its prominence derives from Charles Darwin’s visit n 1835. It is said that the island, and the species that call it home, were what inspired his theories of evolution, therefore its conservation is extremely significant to our civilization.
The matte black rubber that coats the stainless steel case is special to the Galápagos Edition because it is applied through an intricate vulcanization process, creating a connection between the watch and the island. Its case back also pays tribute to the Galápagos Islands and the species that inhabit it. What I love most about this watch, besides its unique storyline, is its practicality. It’s aesthetically slick while also being thin and easy to slip under a dress sleeve, for when you decide to go on your very own Galapagos adventure and then inconspicuously morph into James Bond for the evening. From air to sea, this watch will work for anything that life plans to throw your way!
The highlighted white accents on the dial make it very legible and easy to read, even when time gets away from us. The fit is
extremely comfortable and lightweight and the body is durable. My only concern is that I’m not sure how the case will wear over the years. Since it has the black rubber casing, I’m not sure what it will do to the look of said rubber after exposure to salt, sun and body acidity, but only time, and experience with this beauty, will tell.
Part of the proceeds from the sales of the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Galápagos Edition has gone to the Charles Darwin Foundation, essentially this IWC is commemorating the study of evolution and, at the same time, contributing to it. Safe to say that the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galápagos Islands is an evolutionary timepiece.
This watch is Previously Enjoyed and was last retailed for $6,900, but you can own it for just $4,250 today through Beverly Hills Watch Company.