Today I wanted to share with you something I feel is truly beautiful from the renown watchmaker International Watch Company.
Launched this year at the Basel Watchfair IWC introduced a completely new Da Vinci collection and having looked at them all in the flesh when I visited the show they are just fabulous watches.
Now forgive me here as I am very biased to anything blue, but a few years ago I had the pleasure to own an earlier IWC Laureus watch which was the Spitfire Chrono. It was just a great looking watch!
So you may be asking what’s a Laureus IWC? Every year since 2006, IWC Schaffhausen has launched an exclusive special edition for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these timepieces goes directly to the Laureus Foundation and contributes to the funding of its projects. Like its predecessors, the 11th in the series of IWC special editions is a symbol of hope for children and young people who are socially disadvantaged because they have mental or physical handicaps or live in difficult family circumstances.
One of the hallmarks of all Laureus special editions is an engraving on the case back. Traditionally, IWC Schaffhausen organizes an annual children’s drawing competition within all the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation projects worldwide. The motto this year was “Time Well Spent”, and the jury singled out a drawing by 12-year-old Hou Ye from Shanghai. The arrows surrounding him symbolize his lack of fear as he shoots forward. Despite his intellectual disability and limited motor abilities, Hou Ye dreams of skiing and is an accomplished Special Olympics athlete. Special Olympics made it possible for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to participate in sports training and competitions.
The new owner of this gorgeous watch will have pleasure knowing that their purchase has made a valuable contribution to charity while enjoying such a rare and technical timepiece.
As you can see from the photographs it features a chronograph function with the added benefit of a split second if required. Powering the watch is an automatic movement with a useful 68 hour power reserve.
It’s polished stainless steel case is mounted on a beautifully made Santoni black alligator strap with an orange under strap giving you such an elegant contrast. The lugs also move with the strap to give you an extremely comfortable fit. Fitting and removing the watch is enhanced by a deployment clasp that bears the IWC engraving.
We expect that these will quickly sell out as there have only been 1500 made worldwide. With a retail price of £11250.00 I think it represents good value for a prestigious brand however perhaps even better value with our special price of £9995.00
If you would like to see it in person please get in touch, I think you will be smitten with it… I certainly am!
Here is some technical information and photos.
- Diameter 42.0 mm
- Height 14.5 mm
- Water resistance 3 bar
- 89361 Calibre
- Automatic, self-winding
- Frequency 28800.0 vph (4.0 hz)
- 38 Jewels
- 68 hours Power Reserve
- IWC-manufactured movement
- Côtes de Genève, perlage
- Chronograph function with hours, minutes and seconds
- Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock
- Flyback function
- Date display
- Sapphire glass, arched-edge, antireflective coating on both sides
- Small hacking seconds
- Blue dial
- Black alligator leather strap by Santoni