For the tenth year in a row, the Schaffhausen-based manufacturer has supported the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation by releasing a special edition timepiece. For the first time, the Laureus special edition watch will be a ladies’ watch – Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”.
The tenth Laureus special edition timepiece matches a beautiful blue dial and a special engraved case back just like previous nine editions.
Its deep, metallic blue dial has been encrusted with 12 small diamonds for the hour indexes. The rest of its dial remains equal with the standard Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37. There is a stunning moon phase indication situated at the 12 o’clock position, as well as a display of the hours, minutes and seconds on the central axis.
The beating heart of the 10th anniversary edition is the precise and reliable caliber 35800 automatic mechanical movement that offers no less than 42 hours of power reserve. The 25 jewels mechanism oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz).
IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Laureus Edition (ref. IW459006) is housed in a mid-sized stainless steel case measuring 37mm in diameter and 11mm in thickness. The case is shielded with convex sapphire crystals with antireflective coating on both sides and constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (approximately 100 feet).
Traditionally, the back is engraved with a facsimile of a child’s drawing. Each year, IWC organizes the contest to select the drawing for the case back decoration. This year, the jury has chosen the drawing by a 16-year-old Cypriot girl, Eleni Partakki. Her drawing on the competition theme “Time for Sport” shows girls and boys playing with a ball. Eleni Partakki is a participant of Peace Players International Cyprus, a project that actively encourages Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot children on the divided island to play basketball together.
The beautiful timepiece comes with a matching blue alligator leather strap made by shoemaker Santoni, fitted with a pin buckle in stainless steel. The special edition watch is issued in the limited quantity of 1,500 pieces. The retail price of the newest Laureus timepiece is $9,860 and the part of the proceeds from sales will go to the foundation.
For the first time, this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony has been held in Berlin.