For the seventh year in a row, IWC Schaffhausen has supported the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation by releasing a special edition watch in a limited quantity. Every year the Swiss manufacturer chooses a different model, but the theme remains the same – a dial colored in the distinctive “Laureus Blue” and a special case back engraving which reflects the winning drawing of a child from the annual contest that IWC and Laureus sponsored.
Laureus watch for 2013 is a version of the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph, which also saw a special Volvo Ocean Race edition in titanium last year. Like the previous Laureus Editions, it signifies hope for a better future for disadvantaged children from all over the world.
The new Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (the referent number is IW390213) has the standard Yacht Club’s stainless steel case, in-house manufactured caliber 89365 flyback chronograph movement, as well as a rubber strap, but it also features a distinctive shimmering blue dial which works quite well on this nautical-themed timepiece.
This year’s Laureus edition combines sporting elegance with the best in technical features. The sizes of the case are the same as on the original Yacht Club Chronograph (the diameter is 45.4mm and the thickness is 14.5mm), and the intense blue is its dominant feature.
Traditionally, one of the most interesting parts of each Laureus Special Edition is its case back. This year, the case back boasts a poignant engraving based on a drawing by 12-year-old Hakkini Hasanga Sandumal De Silva and depicts sprinters, other competitors, fans and the Olympic flame on it as a symbol of peace and hope.
Hakkini had participated in the global children’s drawing competition which is held each year by IWC at the Laureus Foundation’s projects, and the judges were impressed with a Sri Lankan boy’s interpretation of the theme “Time to move”.
Seenigama Sport for Life Project
Sri Lanka has endured much suffering in the last few decades. The Tsunami Disaster in December 2004 came at a terrible time for the country which tried recovering itself after years of civil war. After the Tsunami, Laureus began working with the Foundation of Goodness to develop the Seenigama Sport for Life Project. In the post-tsunami period, the focus is on a long-term commitment to community development and social change through sport.
The boy from Sri Lanka is the third child from the Seenigama Sport for Life project to win the drawing competition. This project has made an important contribution in helping to rebuild lives in Sri Lanka and supports over 1,400 children and youngsters by bringing sport into their daily life.
Various sports, from cricket, volleyball, netball, badminton to swimming, are organized to support participants’ mental and physical health and assist in mapping out their future prospects by building life-skills, such as leadership, confidence, communication skills and sports etiquette.
IWC will produce only 1,000 specimens of the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The retail price will be approximately $15,500 per each and some proceeds from the sale will go to support for Laureus.