Monday, November 30, 2015

School for visually impaired in Hong Kong to receive all proceeds from IWC Schaffhausen Watch auction

At Sotheby’s Fine Timepieces auction held on 29 Nov 2015 in Hong Kong, a customized chronograph from luxury Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen was sold. The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” went under the hammer for HKD 130,000. All the proceeds from the sale will benefit IWC’s longstanding partner Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. The Foundation will use the proceeds to support Ebenezer School, the one and only non-profit organisation in Hong Kong that provides education and training for the visually impaired in the city.

The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW371807) combines highly sophisticated functions designed for flying with a captivating display recounting the beloved tale of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. This luxury watch features a mechanical 79420-calibre chronograph movement and a split-seconds mechanism. One unique feature is the red jumping star as the day display in the centre of the midnight blue dial.
Whilst being the only timepiece with this red star, the watch is part of a limited edition of 1000 pieces. Each day of the week, this captivating day display lights up a different star in red. The stars symbolize the seven planets visited by the little prince on his journey through the universe. The seven stars are also decoratively engraved on the back of the watch, along with the names of the seven inhabitants the little prince encounters: the king, the vain man, the drunkard, the businessman, the lamplighter, the geographer and finally the rose. The reverse side of the case also features a portrait of the prince himself, allowing the wearer to know which realm the little boy is visiting at any given moment.IWC Schaffhausen strengthens its long-term commitment by donating all the proceeds to the charitable Antoine Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation to globally promote the spirit and humanist values of the great French writer and aviator.

Ebenezer School is the one and only non-profit organisation in Hong Kong that provides education and training for the visually impaired in the city. In support, the school partners with other agencies to offer training and internship programs to aid students’ career development upon graduation. Those attending the school gain invaluable skills for professional environment as well as comprehensive education, giving them vital tools and access to a better future.

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has once again been inspired to produce a special edition by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s little prince. The first such model dates back to 2013, when the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW502802) and the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW326506) were launched in honour of the 70th anniversary of this world-famous story. With these, IWC paid tribute to one of the best-selling books in literary history, written by legendary writer, pilot and adventurer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Since 2006, the company has maintained a cordial partnership with Saint-Exupéry’s heirs and their charitable organization, the Antoine de SaintExupéry Youth Foundation.

One unique example of the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW502801) in platinum was auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva. IWC presented the Foundation with the record sum of CHF 173,000 to help finance the building of a school with library in Cambodia. The series of special limited editions of “Le Petit Prince” continued in 2014 with the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW377706) and the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW500908). Only recently, brand ambassador Adriana Lima opened a new library in the Hospital Pequeno Príncipe, a children’s hospital in Curitiba, Brazil. The library was made possible by the proceeds of an auction of a Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “The Last Flight” in platinum (Ref. IW388005), with which IWC honoured the great writer’s last flight.

Technical details
Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” Ref. IW371807

Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Split-seconds hand for intermediate timing
Date display
Day display in the form of a jumping star display
Small hacking seconds

Calibre: 79420 Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 29
Power reserve: 44 h
Winding: automatic

Case, dial and strap
Stainless-steel case
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 44 mm
Height: 17 mm
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
Midnight blue dial, hands and appliqués coated with Super-LumiNova ®, gold-plated star display
Matte brown calfskin strap with decorative beige stitching, pin buckle in stainless steel

Limited to 1,000 watches

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