Going Inside The Wave With IWC Fake Watches In Geneva

Last night was IWC’s annual dinner at SIHH, and it was nothing short of spectacular. To celebrate the launch of the 2014 Aquatimer collection, IWC hosted more than 800 guests in Geneva for the Inside The Wave gala, which included dinner, dancing, and live performances by Roger Hodgson of Supertramp and Cirque du Soleil.

Entering the party, you would never know that you were at an exhibition hall in Geneva. Walking past the red carpet (which was traversed by the likes of Kevin Spacy, Marc Forster, Luis Figo, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima, and Susan Sarandon, no less) guests descended “below water” to enjoy cocktails and a small preview of the Cirque du Soleil performance to come.

Later, IWC CEO Georges Kern welcomed guests to the festivities. Kern introduced the new Aquatimer watches and explained IWC’s partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation. “As a successful company, we take our social responsibilities very seriously,” said Kern. That yesterday was also the 50th anniversary of the Foundation’s Galapagos Research Station was a happy coincidence.

While guests enjoyed dinner, the performance began. Friend of the brand Ewan McGregor narrated a special performance, designed by Cirque du Soleil specially for the occasion. It was a story about fleeting time, taking the characters from the exhibition hall to the Galapagos and back, all punctuated by Roger Hodgson and his amazing band. The show ended with the crowd on their feet singing along to “It’s Raining Again” and celebrating with the performers. Finally DJ Jack E from Saint-Tropez kept the party going late into the night.

It was a celebration that will be remembered by all of the guests and a fitting way to launch the new Aquatimer collection.

-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen

Coming To Geneva for SIHH 2012? Here Are Some Tips

In honor of SIHH 2012, we are packing up the office here in Eastern Switzerland, and migrating south and west, to Geneva, for the week. If you, like us here at IWC, are planning to travel to Geneva soon (for SIHH, or any other reason), we thought you would like to know where to go, and what to see.

Spectacular Geneva (Image: hostellingperu.com.pe)

What to see:
Geneva is a very beautiful city, with a gorgeous lake around which you can have a lovely jog. Since the city center is almost adjacent to the lake, it is impossible to miss.  
The old quarter of the city is well worth a visit, with elegant buildings, narrow streets, impressive wooden doors and windows. The Old Town includes some interesting landmarks, which are situated within walking distance from each other. Don’t miss:

  •  St Pierre’s CathedralVisiting this magnificent cathedral is free of charge, unless you would like to go up the tower, accessing wonderful panoramic views of the city and the surrounding mountains.
  •  Place du Bourg-de-Four: Located in the center the Old Town, the Place du Bourg-de-Four is a favorite meeting point – including a pretty 18th century flowered fountain, and an enchanting bistro – for Geneva inhabitants. Sit down, and enjoy one of its cafes.

Where to have a drink:
In the heart of town, a mainstay is the bar at the Four Seasons Hotel, which is as grand and festive as its champagne offering. To see and be seen, we suggest the perfect rendez-vous spot: the restaurant at Hotel La Reserve. Their lounge area is always populated with some of the best-dressed and adorned people in the world. And they even serve pretty decent Sushi.

Where to eat:
We love the rolled pizza and buzzing ambience at Quirinale, and afterwards, can suggest having some drinks at the nearby Vino Olio Café. 

For those seeking something special Cafe Papon in Geneva’s Old Town should hit the spot. It includes one of the city’s prettiest terraces, and offers a delightful menu and warm and inviting atmosphere.

And for those with a continental flair, we recommend Brasserie Lipp – which is always a great staple.  If you are in town this week, and visiting SIHH, please stop by the IWC booth- it promises to dazzle.

Enjoy your visit, and check back in with us all week for live reports of what else we are up to in Geneva.

Fake IWC Watches Volvo Ocean Race: The Azzam Prepares for Leg 5

When we last heard from the crew of Azzam, team Abu Dhabi’s boat in the Volvo Ocean Race, they had tucked into the southern China city of Sanya after completing the third leg of the race. They had finished a tough 4600 mile segment, and had withstood the challenges brought by the often wind-less Doldrums, for a 5th place standing. 

We now re-join Captain Walker and crew in Auckland, New Zealand where they are gladly resting after a hard fought Leg 4. The start to this portion of the race was postponed due to a typhoon warning in the South China Sea, which brought waves of up to 8 meters, and which caused race organizers to split the leg into two parts. After the teams were cleared to sail they went into heavy competition to gain as much ground as possible on the 5,220 nautical mile course, passing by the northern tip of the Philippines en route to New Zealand. 

This was the first time since 2001 that the race has stopped in Auckland, and as they were just shy of its shores Captain Walker noted that: “After nearly three weeks of intense racing we finally came within sight of the ‘land of the long white cloud’ – and guess what – it was covered with a long white cloud.” This did not dampen the spirits of Azzam though, and they sailed into port in a time of 20 days, 5 hours, 20 minutes, 35 seconds, maintaining their hold on 5th place.

Their arrival in Auckland could almost be described as “sailing coming home”, because virtually all the teams have at least one New Zealander on board. From Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the team sponsored by IWC Schaffhausen, 38-year-old watch leader and native Kiwi Craig Satterthwaite is particularly happy to be there: “New Zealand’s my home. I’m lucky enough to see lots of the rest of the world but each time I come back only confirms to me that it’s a very special place. It’s unique and I hope it stays that way.”

This positivity will be well used as the team finishes up their on-shore activities here in Auckland and prepares for Leg 5, the longest portion of the entire race. At 6,705 nautical miles this course through the Southern Ocean will have the boats facing “ocean swells the size of buildings, storm force winds, freezing temperatures as well as taking on Chile’s infamous Cape Horn.” The weather systems can produce winds of up to 60 knots – conditions that may set speed records in the race, but will also elevate safety concerns for everyone.

The Azzam, and the other entrants, will depart Auckland on Sunday March 18 (local time) to begin what is the second half of the race, and the next high seas adventure of the Volvo Ocean Race, and we look forward to hearing about their journey when they dock in Itajaí, on Brazil’s eastern coast.. As always our best wishes and thoughts go with them.

Hands On With The Replica IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science For Galapagos”

In honor of the 50 years of scientific work done at the Galapagos Islands on behalf of the Charles Darwin Foundation, IWC has built the limited edition Aquatimer Chronograph “50 Years Science For Galapagos”. The watch not only embodies the spirit of the scientists, students and teachers, and volunteers with its caseback, but it captures the utility of the work being done with its rugged design sensibilities. The jubilee edition of this special Aquatimer is limited to 500 pieces, and is dedicated to the research and protection of the famous archipelago.

The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 YSFG” is a drastic departure from other Aquatimer watches thanks to its matte-black rubber coating over the stainless steel case. Not only does it give the watch a unique appearance, it provides another level of comfort while operating and on the wrist. The black elements of the case run seamlessly into the dial with a prominent internal bezel piece and matte dial surface. The base provides a stark contrast with the luscious powder blue numerals, markers, and hands. It’s a beautiful combination and reads exceptionally well on the wrist.

The vertically stacked subdials make for a symmetrical dial layout, and reduce ambiguity when using and reading the chronograph timing functions. Sized at 44mm in diameter, this limited IWC Aquatimer has a strong and purposeful look on the wrist while being highly legible. The case alone is an intricate landscape of texture and complication; the blue design elements and useful complications make this a true collectors item.

Inside the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 YSFG” beats the IWC manufactured caliber 89365. It provides smooth operation along with 68 hours of power reserve when fully wound. Along with the chronograph functionality, the cal. 89365 boasts a date (window at 3 o’clock) and hacking seconds feature. While there is no exhibition sapphire around back, there is an elaborate relief engraving on the caseback which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Research Station.

The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science For Galapagos” is limited to just 500 pieces. Not only is it a great all around watch, it supports an amazing cause and celebrates even better people. Check your nearest boutique to find one before they’re gone for good. Learn more about this watch right here.