Horology brands main objective always gravitates around time. Be it of the year, month, day and most importantly the precise hour, minute and recently ticked second. But, there should always be time for people, especially children and that’s what this IWC “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” watch is all about.
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IWC Schaffhausen has been a proud sponsor of the “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” releasing limited edition timepieces in its honor since 2006. They are intended to be collector’s pieces, due to their limited production run and exclusive engraving on the case back, which consists of the winner of a drawing competition organized by IWC for children involved in the Laureus projects.
This year’s motto was “Time Well Spent” and the jury choose the drawing made by a 12-year-old named, Hou Ye, from Shanghai, as the winner. Even though this young boy suffers from a mental handicap and limited motor abilities, he has still been a passionate competitor in the Special Olympics East Asia. IWC prides itself in contributing towards the happiness of all the kids involved in these initiatives.
The 42mm case is made of stainless-steel with a solid case back bearing an engraving: that reads “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” with a logo; water-resistance; as well as the respective model number out of the 1500 available timepieces and this years winning drawing. There are also two push-pieces on the right side of the case, in order to operate the chronograph and flyback functions.
This case has been equipped with newly designed moving lugs with curved horns, in order to provide a nice fit to the wrist by the Santoni strap. It’s covered by a sapphire crystal with an arched edge and antireflective coating on both sides, which assist in assuring water-resistance can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).
Time is exhibited on a dark blue dial with red accents and stainless-steel applied Arabic numerals. It includes two sub-dials: a small hacking seconds with a white date aperture in its midst at the 6 o’clock position; and a 12-hour counter at the 12 o’clock position.
The color blue here was chosen to symbolize hope for disadvantaged children. And IWC has been a major supporter of the work done by the “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” assisting in over 150 projects worldwide along the years. Their solidarity has helped improve lives for around 1.5 million children and young people.
IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
This “IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Edition” (Ref#: IW393402) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 89361 with 38 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve can last up to 68 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap made by Santoni and secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel deployment clasp. This is a limited edition watch with only 1500 manufactured pieces.
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MSRP: $12,700.00 USD
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