A Champion’s Gear: Swiss IWC Replica Watches Upon Ironman Hawaii 2012

Inspiration: it is at the heart of the IWC Replica Watches Challenge series, which we first introduced a few months ago. In this series, we highlight the outstanding accomplishments and continued perseverance of some of the world’s top athletes; they share our focus on hard work, innovation, and being best in your field.

One of those featured is Swiss triathlete Ronnie Schildknecht, a six time winner of Ironman Switzerland. As part of the IWC Challenge series, Ronnie shared with us (and you) how he approaches each event, which of the three segments he feels is his strongest, and what he sees as a need for balance in the level of sacrifice world class athletes give to their sport.

Ronnie Schildknecht with his bike and swimming gear

This year alone he has won three events in Switzerland, and around the world in such places as the USA (Texas), Austria, and South Africa. All these have led him to this point- as he is about to embark upon the ultimate of the year’s races.

Today, we send our wishes to Ronnie as he prepares to compete on October 13 in the Ironman World Championship, in Hawaii. It is a grueling competition amongst the world’s top triathletes. As Ronnie described it, the focus of the event in Hawaii is different because of the winds encountered during the cycling portion, which makes the swimming leg more important than usual.

Just one of Ronnie’s Ironman trophies

When we spoke with Ronnie this week, he kindly took the time to answer a few questions for us about what is in his racing kit – and we thought you may be interested to know what a top athlete finds essential:

Goggles, a cap and a swim suit are essentials for the water

As he has three distinct events, each of them requires particular equipment. For cycling: a trial bike (packed in a box), two helmets, cycling shoes, and spare tubes & tires. For running, he brings two pairs of running shoes. And for swimming, there are a few pairs of goggles and a Sailfish ™ swim suit.

Ronnie also packs ten water bottles for his bike, sunscreen to prevent burning, and salt tablets to maintain his levels of electrolytes. When training he told us he wears an Replica IWC Portuguese Watches Aquatimer Chronograph – but that he needs a watch with time splits when racing. Here the Ingenieur Double Chronograph could be useful, with a split-seconds hand that allows you to record lap times while the chronograph seconds hand continues to run.

Ronnie after a recent triathlon win (Source)

Join us in wishing Ronnie the best of luck this weekend in Hawaii, and stay tuned for more exciting athlete profiles on IWC Challenge.

Replica IWC Da Vinci Watches A World Class Adventure

Here at IWC Schaffhausen, we often note that the rich heritage of our brand is due in large part to you, our customers and fans. It is for you that we strive for innovation and stay true to the craftsmanship that has been a hallmark of our product. To pay tribute to the relationship we have with our customers, we have created the Money Can’t Buy Experiences, truly one-of-a-kind opportunities.

This past year, we offered the chance to attend a part of the Volvo Ocean Race. More recently a lucky winner received a trip to the Galapagos Islands as part of our partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation. That Money Can’t Buy Experience went to Michel Clessens of Belgium, and he wrote us a fascinating report of his trip, which we bring to you here:

Time, Time , Time. Get up at 5 in the morning to catch the flight Brussels Madrid. Then departure at 12.30 to Guayaquil, Ecuador for an arrival at 02.00 (cet) – 18.00 (local time). So in total we had a travel time of 21 hrs.

After a good night at the Hilton hotel we were ready to discover Guayaquil. Using this day to get rid of our jetlag, we enjoyed the local scenery : a walk along the river, the historical park where we learned about planting cacao & the iguana park.

Up to the islands

After a short flight to the Galapagos islands we boarded the Eclipse. A very comfortable mid size cruise ship. In the afternoon we already made acquaintance with  Santa Cruz Island. In the Mangroves of Black turtle Cove we encountered  the first  sea lions and witnessed a Pelican chasing a flying fish. And from time  to time we could see  the head of a sea turtle breaking the surface of the ocean.

No, this seal is not dead. He is just relaxing.

On the 19th August we had a wet landing on Rabida Island, with is red sand shores.  We had our first Galapagos magical experience with the Replica IWC, laying around on the beach  and accompanying us during our first snorkeling.  It’s  really amazing how close the IWC Replica come to you without feeling scared or expecting anything from humans.

In the afternoon we drove to Santiago island where we saw lots of sea iguanas and crabs.

On the 20th , we went kayaking – and it wasn’t long before we were joined by some penguins that tried to race the kayak (actually they did more than try, because they easily won). We spotted our first whale: a Byrd’s whale.  While hiking on Isabela island (Tagus cove) we saw lots of Blue footed boobies. My daughter immediately made me promise then whenever given the chance we would buy a souvenir of these birds with their magnificent blue feet.

In the afternoon we went to Fernandina Island, an island with a lava rocked bottom. Here we saw lots of young sea lions being fed by their mothers. A great happening to witness.

Day 4, back on Isabela island (Urbina bay & Puenta Vincenta Roca). Time to meet some new inhabitants of the islands. The guides said that if we were lucky we would see some, but it seemed we were real lucky. We saw several land iguana’s. We even saw two males ‘fighting’ for their territory.  Again a typical Galapagos experience, once the animals have other things on their mind, they don’t notice your presence at all. Even the Galapagos Hawk stayed calm and nearly gave us a glimpse when we passed it.

It was a real top day snorkeling where we encountered lots of endemic Galapagos species : sea tortoise’s, Galapagos  penguins, spotted eagle rays, golden rays & 2 giant mola mola fishes.

Day 5 we landed on Puerto Ayora. After visiting some giant land tortoises in the highlands, we visited the Charles Darwin foundation. We saw the breeding centers for tortoises and were warmly greeted by Roslyn Cameron our host during the visit. We met with Gustavo Jiménez, the scientist responsible for  amongst other animals the Galapagos penguins. He explained the difficulties he was facing and the efforts needed to preserve  the penguins in these difficult times (altering sea current temperatures).  It was really great to see how driven and enthusiastic all the people at the foundation were. They don’t only take dearly the preservation of the animals but off course also the islands as an eco-system, and they also try to involve local inhabitants in all their projects. We also saw the team dealing with the shark tagging program, supported by Replica IWC Da Vinci Watches. I want to thank the people at the foundation again for the warm welcome they gave us.

On the 23th we went to Genovesa Island, an island flooded by birds. Not knowing any land predators they all nest on the ground without fear.

The evolution theory as developed by studying the finches became clear.  Amongst others we saw the Nasca Boobies, red footed boobies, fregat birds, short eared owls, … Lots of birds were nesting, so funny to see the boobie chicks.

Already day 7. Time really flies by on these magnificent islands. While having a very nice sun we enjoyed the spectacular  views on the volcano top on  Bartalome island. 371 Steps certainly worth the climb. After snorkeling with some white tipped sharks, a magnificent  animal that people give a bad name for all the wrong reasons, we visited Cerro dragon. Again some land iguanas crossed our path, and in this beautiful lagoon we could see some flamingo’s hanging around. A beautiful scene to never forget.

In conclusion, the Galapagos islands are a great place to visit. It lets you come close to nature, and makes you aware that as humans we have certain obligations. It’s magical how one can approach the animals and how the animals react to humans- not as their enemies or something they should be afraid of, but just as other inhabitants of our planet earth.

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For all of his Galapagos adventures, Michel Clessens was wearing an IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Galapagos Islands Edition watch. With water resistance to 12 bar, it is perfect for underwater exploring, and the luminescent elements on the face help you keep track of the time even in dim conditions. This timepiece was created in concert with and support for the Charles Darwin Foundation, which works to educate visitors on ways to protect and preserve the islands, and also advocates against poaching and overfishing.

The Aquatimer Chronograph Galapagos Islands Edition

IWC Replica Watches For Father’s Day

One day a year is set aside for one of the most important people in our lives: our fathers. Whether you’re a father, or just someone that celebrates them, IWC Schaffhausen would like to wish a happy Father’s Day to all Dads out there.

To celebrate, we are paying homage to three of our favorite Dads – all proud fathers and Replica IWC Portuguese Watches fans. We posed one question to each of them: How does your appreciation for timepieces relate to fatherhood? Here’s what they had to say:

“As far back as I can remember my Father appreciated the craftsmanship of a fine watch – both as an everyday tool and statement of style. As I grew up I followed along with his interest and started a collection of my own, slowly acquiring what caught my eye. As someone who works in a 100% digital environment, I have a great appreciation for the IWC Portuguese Replica Watches beauty and complexity of a purely mechanical movement that can maintain a high level of precision as the result of some simple mechanical principals.

As a newly minted father, I’ll watch my son grow up in a world of “all digital all the time,” and I look forward to being able to share my love for such precision & craftsmanship (not that of microprocessors, but that which relies on balances, springs and bearings) with my son and exploring horologic history that stretches back over 500 years. Having an interesting timepiece was part of my father’s identity, is part of my identity and I hope to pass along the two generations of appreciation of timepieces along to my son, Declan. However right now he’s way more into just putting my Big Pilot into his mouth.”

“I view my watch hobby as something to be passed down to both of my children, and thus I actively encourage them to learn about the timepieces I own and share in the delight that they bring me. It’s not all fun and games, however. Watch collecting teaches responsibility and it requires respect; not only for the value of the pieces, but also for the delightful alchemy of art and science that goes into creating these mechanical masterpieces. Indeed, the latter half of this equation informs the constant joy of discovery that goes part and parcel with horology, whether it’s of a new manufacturing process, or perhaps insight into the workings of a perpetual calendar. To me this is more than worth the price of admission, and if my children can learn to find the same joy in a constant-force escapement that I have, then it was all worthwhile.

These are valuable lessons for a young mind, and as a legacy, I hope to impart them to both my son and my daughter. To wit, before my son mastered speech he could point out a crown and a timing bezel and knew their functions; as for my daughter, she can name all my watches.  Most importantly, however, they both know an IWC when they see one.”

“During this Father’s Day weekend, I look back at the wonderful years that my oldest daughter, Katie, and I have shared. Although now separated by thousands of miles, with her living in Los Angeles and me in New York City, we communicate frequently, discussing our many mutual interests. At an early age Katie showed signs of being like her father!

Katie and I share an affinity for business, world travel and Swiss timepieces. While my interest in watches grew in high school, Katie’s grew during her college years. Upon graduation, when asked by her parents what she would like for a present, it was a luxury timepiece that she found while traveling overseas. That was her awakening to Swiss watches. Most recently, she has been researching the IWC Da Vinici and Portofino families.

We have shared our passion for travel and watch talk (with some buying as well) on trips from Hawaii to Ireland. It is one of the ways that we connect with each other. Now, when we get together she wants to know about the latest IWC addition to my collection, and we have a good laugh about which ones I’ll be passing on to her.”

It is stories like these that prompted the idea behind the IWC Pilot’s Watches for Father and Son.

Learn more: http://www.iwc.com/en/collection/pilots/IW5009_IW3255/

Replica IWC Watches Volvo Ocean Race: Sailing Meets Hurling in Galway

The zzam and her crew may have arrived in Galway, the Replica IWC Watches final stop of the Volvo Ocean Race, but the activities continued with in-port racing, celebrations around the city, and the opportunity to meet some notable locals. As Adil Khalid shared with us last week “The Irish are always so warm, hospitable and welcoming”, and they did not disappoint.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s team were introduced to fellow athletes and “Galway hurling royalty”, the Connolly brothers. The four of them: Joe, John, Padraic and Murth, along with three other brothers, won the 1980 All-Ireland Club Championship representing their team, Castlegar.

 Hurling legends the Connolly brothers salute Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Irish bowman, Justin Slattery of Cork

Like competitive sailing, hurling is comprised of teams playing against each other, in what is considered to be the fastest on-field play (although compared to battling waves in the Swiss IWC Replica Watches, that may be up for debate!).

The brothers spoke at length with Azzam’s bowman, fellow Irishman Justin Slattery, about teamwork: “We know a lot about what it means to be a team, and how you rely on others to find that winning formula…” shared John Connolly. He went on to lead his brothers (along with the Azzam’s faithful crew) to a second place finish in the Galway Pro-Am.

The Connolly brothers – Padraic (far left), John (inside left), Murt (centre left) and Joe (far right), with cousin John Conneely (inside right) – with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Irish bowman, Justin Slattery of Cork, and the Abu Dhabi falcon. 

To understand teamwork, dedication, and continuous innovation is a universal trait amongst world class athletes – and it is here that stars of two very different sports can converge and collaborate.

At IWC Schaffhausen we also understand the need to utilize teamwork in order to the search for new materials, and technical ingenuity to continually move our products and our work forward. World class results – be they in the fiber of a boat or the precision of a timepiece – require an absolute dedication to being the best.

We have been followig what we consider to be the best sailing crew, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, for nine months and with the race complete, so is our coverage. Not to fear there will be more athletic pursuits we will bring you, as well as updates on what the Azzam and her crew will endeavor next.

IWC At The First Ever WATCHES&WONDERS In Hong Kong

For serious watch lovers, there are two events that stand out from the rest on the horological calendar – the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) and Baselworld. But this year another exhibition is being introduced to the rotation, and this one isn’t in Switzerland. 

This September the first WATCHES&WONDERS exhibition will be held in Hong Kong. There will be thirteen brands showing off their latest and greatest creations, offering collectors in the region an unprecedented opportunity to go hands-on with these pieces.

There will also be a an exhibit called The Mastery of Time, which details the history of timekeeping more generally. From the earliest ways to track time using the heavens to the most cutting edge modern wrist watches, The Mastery of Time offers a broad look at horological history.

In addition to showcasing its watches at the exhibition, IWC Schaffhausen is also hosting a contest. By visiting the IWC booth you can enter to win a trip for two to both the Schaffhausen, Switzerland manufacture and Portofino, Italy to see where one of IWC’s most successful collections gets its inspiration.

To attend WATCHES&WONDERS you will need tickets, which you can get one of two ways. Either you can visit one of IWC’s boutiques or contact the Hong Kong or China concierge services to have them sent to you directly. You can find all the details and listing of boutiques here.

-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen

Introducing The New Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT”

Last week marked the 73rd annual Goodwood Member’s Meeting, a prestigious event that brings out some of history’s most significant racing cars. This year, for the first time, IWC Schaffhausen took its place as timing partner for the event. IWC took the opportunity to introduce a new, limited edition Ingenieur, the Edition “AMG GT”. The watch celebrates 10 years of working with Mercedes-AMG, and is a nod to their own latest road car creation, the AMG GT.

The Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT” is more than just a name and colorway however, it represents a first in a commercially available watch, the use of boron carbide, the hardest known ceramic, in its 45mm case. Nearly as hard as diamond and as light as aluminum, boron carbide is a remarkable material that required great innovation to properly yield in the case of this Ingenieur. No less than 5 time consuming stages are demanded to hone the material as needed. The result is a unique look and feel along with complete scratch resistance. 

The new Ingenieur highlights the technical innovations that both Mercedes-AMG and IWC have embraced to remain on the forefront of their respective fields. The watch is so named for the all-new Mercedes AMG GT sports car,  which houses a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, delivering a 0-to-60 time of 3.7 seconds. The car is a standard setter in its class in both performance and looks. 

Drawing inspiration from the car, the latest Ingenieur by the same name features a clean black dial and yellow accents derived from the optional “solarbeam” paint option. A rubber strap with black Dinamica® inlay provides a fitting touch. Inside the special Ingenieur is the IWC manufactured 80110-caliber, which has an integrated shock-absorption system making it one of the most robust movements made in Schaffhausen.

Just 25 examples of the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT” will be built. The watches will be offered through select IWC retailers.