Perpetual Perfection

Founded in Switzerland in 1868 by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, IWC Shaffhausen’s Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar shows the company is still a trendsetter.
Words by Bill Lindsey | April 26, 2024 | Luxury

With a massive 49mm, solid black Ceratanium case and bold red dial accents, the IWC Shaffhausen Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar is a strong choice for those who enjoy pushing the boundaries. Featuring an in-house automatic, self-winding flyback chronograph movement comprised of 474 components to include 51 jewels, with a 68-hour power reserve, it is equally at home paired with a bespoke suit or a t-shirt and jeans. The sturdy black rubber strap that can quickly be changed if so desired, sets an adventurous tone, while the dial is all business. Equipped with a subdial to track elapsed seconds, minutes, and hours, as well as months and days, it also has a rotating bezel designed to be used while diving. The dial’s second, minute, and hour hands, as well as those of the subdials and the bezel’s markings are all finished in a red luminescent coating that is essential for low-light conditions. The clear sapphire glass on the rear of the housing allows a fascinating view of the movement. Under any conditions, this is a masterpiece made to be worn;