GROUNDBREAKING MATERIAL. IWC Schaffhausen has just released a special edition timepiece featuring the first ever Ceratanium case
Seeing that almost every material has been used to construct a timepiece, one would think it would be difficult to find something new to use in creating the case. This isn’t the case with IWC Schaffhausen as they have created the first ever timepiece using something they have dubbed Ceratanium. A hybrid combination between titanium and ceramic that offers the best of both materials. Said to be as light and as durable as titanium, while offering the scratch resistance of ceramic, Ceratanium provides a level of durability rarely offered by other timepieces.
As diving watches require the level of durability that Ceratanium offers, IWC Schaffhausen has used the material for a special edition Aquatimer timepiece which marks the 50th anniversary edition of this specific model. Only 50 pieces will be released all featuring a digital perpetual calendar and chronograph function. This unique mechanism helps display the date and month in large numerals in a style similar to that of a digital watch, automatically recognizing different month lengths and leap years. Like all Aquatimer models, this watch, is water-resistant up to 10 bar, and features an external/internal rotating bezel for setting the dive time.
As for the aesthetics of the timepiece, the watch features a black dial, with other components of the IWC-manufactured calibre 89802 matching the same dark hue. Even the rotor of the self-winding system seen through the transparent case-back has been colored black. If you are looking for a new timepiece to complete your diving collection, this maybe one you need to fill that void.