The substantial and subtly blue IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” is the 13th (unlucky for some, but clearly not IWC) edition watch celebrating the Schaffhausen-based brand’s partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good, which leverages the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. It’s a cause as worthy as the watch is good-looking.
The Aquatimer Chronograph is a large, sporty timepiece. It’s 45mm of pure grunt — aggressive case architecture and lots of clever tech: the internal bezel that you operate by turning the external one, the flyback chronograph movement and a case that’s been coated in black rubber, for an under-the-radar look that really stands out. And then, of course, there’s the blue. Subtle, dark and inky like the deep waters it’s been designed to conquer, while there’s still a flash of light visible, thanks to the starburst finish. The colour is well-matched thanks to the textured rubber strap, which is comfortable, and far more stylish than a rubber strap has any right to be. The caseback is engraved with a charming illustration with the theme of ‘Time to Learn’, of children, happily gambolling around — the work of a young Sri Lankan boy named Melan, the winner of an annual competition organised by Laureus.
Of course, the charitable angle isn’t the main reason you’d go for a watch like this, but it’s well done (as are all the Laureus editions), and it certainly doesn’t hurt.
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” price and availability
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”, limited to 1000 pieces, $16,400 AUD.