Last week in Shanghai at the Laureus World Sports Awards, the Schaffhausen-based manufacturer unveiled Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” Watch with the characteristic Laureus blue on the dial. The part of the proceeds from sales of this limited edition timepiece will go to help children in crisis-hit areas all over the world.
From the rear, the engraving on the back of the watch reproduces the drawing by a 13-year-old girl from Uganda who won the IWC children’s drawing competition. The subject of this year’s competitions was “Time to celebrate” and the jury selected the drawing by Nakayenga Zahara whose picture shows a group of happy cheerleaders with pom-poms while celebrating a goal.
IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (ref. IW323909) is a classic and elegant three-hand watch that boasts a chunky, screw-in crown which is generously sized and protected by solid protective shoulders. The case is crafted from stainless steel and measures 40mm in diameter and 10mm in thickness. Its case is shielded with antireflective sapphire crystals on both sides and it is proven to be water resistant up to 120 meters (12 bar).
Underneath the front glass lies a blue dial with rhodium-plated hands and appliqués coated with Superluminova and there is also a date window which is traditionally located at the 3 o’clock position. The blue color of the dial is one of the hallmarks of the Laureus special editions and this watch is the ninth in the series of special editions that Swiss watchmaker has released to support the work of the Laureus foundation.
The new Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” is equipped with the caliber 30110 mechanical movement which is capable to store enough power to keep the watch ticking for at least 42 hours when fully charged. The 21- jewel mechanism has a rapid beating rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). The watch is tooled with a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields.
As I have already mentioned, the new “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” Ingenieur is issued in the limited series and only 1,500 pieces are available worldwide. The retail price is $9,300. The watch is secured to the wearer’s wrist with a stainless-steel bracelet, fitted with a steel folding clasp.
At the event in Shanghai, the Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy Edwin Moses said that since 2000, Laureus foundation has collected over 60 million euros. “This money has enabled us to support 150 local projects in 35 countries and has pushed the lives of one-and-a-half million young people in a more positive direction,” Moses noted.
Since 2005, IWC has supported the Laureus foundation on a global level with the annual launch of a new limited edition timepieces.