This year, IWC from Schaffhausen launched, for the fifth time, a limited special edition for the benefit of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which supports millions of children and adolescents in need worldwide. The cooperation between the Swiss watchmaker and the foundation began five years ago with the Portuguese Chronograph Automatic timepiece.
Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is equipped with the robust IWC-manufactured Caliber 80111 mechanical movement with Pellaton winding system and an integrated shock-absorption system. The highly precise mechanism is set with 28 jewels and preserves sufficient 44 hours of power reserve when fully charged. The limited edition timepiece is housed in a round case crafted from stainless steel. The mid-sized case has 42.5 mm in diameter and it is 14.5 mm thick. It incorporates a narrow fixed bezel and a screw-in crown also made of steel. The case is protected on both sides by arched edged sapphire glasses with antireflective coatings and is constructed to resist water pressure up to 120 meters (400 feet).
A Gorgeous Sky-blue Dial
Below the front arched-edge sapphire glass, there is an imperial blue sunburst dial with line markers and dots as hour markers. The central parts of the classic dauphine hour and minute hands are filled with luminescent materials for the best legibility in low light conditions. For the same purpose, the tip of the central second hands is colored in the striking red. The right date of the month is available thorough the small aperture situated at the usual 3 o’clock position.
This year’s limited edition timepiece with the referent number IW323310 is offered in the limited series of 1,000 pieces worldwide. The retail price of this model is $8,000.
A Beacon of Hope for a Better Future
The blue as the color of hope for disadvantaged children has been chosen for the dial and for the alligator leather strap of this Ingenieur Automatic. The case back is decorated by the engraving that shows the winning entry in the international children’s drawing competition which Foundation organizes every year. The jury chose the drawing by eight-year-old Indian boy, Sohel Abrar Khan whose picture interpreted the theme of the competition, “Time for Unity”. The picture depicts youths playing a game of football. The young winner imaginatively illustrates that cooperation among communities is the key for social development.
The image was inspired by an outdoor education program Magic Bus. The program, supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, uses sport to reach out children. At the moment, Magic Bus works with 150,000 children from the age of 7 to 18. Through weekly two hour sessions, day trips and outdoor activity camps, these children and adolescents in need, led by young leaders from their own communities, learn that they have values and that they can make a difference. Magic Bus is just one of over 80 projects worldwide supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.