IWC watches make a splash in Aquaman sequel

By Alvin Wong 26 December, 2023

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom also inspires two new limited edition IWC watches

We are kicking ourselves for not seeing it coming. IWC Aquatimer limited edition watches for an Aquaman movie? We are not sure if we will see a less congruous watch-and-movie tie-up this year.

So, when you head to the theatre to watch Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2018 box-office smash, keep your eyes peeled for a cameo by IWC. The Swiss watchmaking house has outfitted the film’s characters Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and Dr. Stephen Shin (Randall Park) with serious wrist candy that glow enigmatically in red and blue.

Inspired by the coloured glow of the movie’s prop watches, the watches feature red or blue Super-LumiNova on the dial, the hands, and the inner rotating bezel. Photo by IWC

Now, if you are a fan of the DC franchise or an IWC aficionado—or both—the prop watches may be added to your trove of collectibles, albeit in more horologically attuned and reality-appropriate variants.

Inspired by the versions in the movie, the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, too, comes endowed with larger-than-life swag. Available in two options, the watches are similarly spiked with red or blue Super-LumiNova on the hands and markers that illuminate in the dark while enlivening their all-black guise.

Housed in a hefty 49mm Ceratanium case (a material that combines the lightness of titanium with the hardiness of ceramic) with black dial and black rubber strap, the watch is certainly suited for men who don’t stint on forearm workouts. That said, technical watch buffs will also want a look-in. As its name implies, the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month is a mechanical marvel, fitted with a perpetual calendar movement that displays the day, date and month, and automatically computes the different lengths of the months and the leap years.

The date and the month are shown with the help of rotating discs in a digital format on the dial, making it particularly easy to read. Photo by IWC

Coupled with a fuss-free crown adjustment system and intuitive digital-style read-off, this intelligent perpetual calendar mechanism, which is conceived in-house by IWC, is one of the brand’s most lauded and coveted complications. If that’s not enough, its technical proposition is enhanced with a chronograph function and an advanced winding system that increases energy efficiency to allow the watch to store up to 68 hours of power reserve.

As a bona fide dive watch, the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month is water resistant to 100m. It also features a rotating bezel system with safety locking mechanism that helps divers keep track of their remaining dive times. In fact, silver screen allusion notwithstanding, the watch stands on its own as a smart, robust, and reliable underwater tool watch. Black Manta might want to swap his for this.

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