At the SIHH 2017, the Schaffhausen-based manufacturer unveiled a brand new Da Vinci collection composed of several pieces intended for both men and women. Among them there is the newest IWC “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” watch which, just like its predecessors, features the distinctive blue color of hope for disadvantaged children.
IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” is the eleventh in the Laures series. Each year, IWC unveils a special edition timepiece and uses part of the proceeds from sales to help disadvantaged children and young people through the Foundation.
The elegant Da Vinci Chronograph Laureus Edition is housed in a round stainless steel case measuring 42mm in diameter and 14.50mm in thickness. The case is characterized by the newly developed moving horns with curved lugs which ensure that the black alligator leather strap by Santoni fits perfectly on its future owner’s wrists.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a beautiful blue dial whose lay-out looks like the one on the Portugieser Chronograph with the hours and minutes displayed on the central dial and the small seconds shown on the counter set at the 6 o’clock position. There is also a black-on-white date window.
The hour and minute counters have been combined in the sub-dial situated at the 12 o’clock position, so that the stopped times can be read off as if on an analogue watch. There is also a red-tipped central seconds chronograph hand which, thanks to the flyback function, can be reset and restarted instantaneously by pressing the push piece at the 4 o’clock position.
IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Laureus Edition is powered by the in-house caliber 89361 mechanical chronograph movement which operates at the frequency of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz). The self-winding mechanism has a 68-hour power reserve and draws its energy from the automatic IWC double-pawl winding system, thus transmitting energy to the pawl wheel.
The most interesting detail on this special edition timepiece is the case back of the watch which is engraved with a reproduction of the drawing that won a competition for children and adolescents in the context of the foundation’s projects with the subject “Time Well Spent”. The jury chose the drawing made by a 12-year-old Chinese boy Hou Ye from Shanghai. His winning picture shows himself on skis setting his personal best time.
The new Da Vinci Chronograph Laureus Edition (ref. IW393402) is issued in the limited series of 1,500 pieces.