Sotheby’s Auctions the Unique Platinum Version of the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry

Sotheby’s has auctioned the single platinum version of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry watch. Unveiled in 2009, this timepiece belongs to the fourth Antoine de Saint Exupéry special edition.

The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry platinum watch has found a new owner together with a special edition of Saint Exupéry’s biography “L’archange et l’écrivain” by Nathalie Des Vallières for CHF 50,000.

The proceeds of the auction will benefit the French organization “Enfants du Monde – Droits de l’Homme” (EMDH), which campaigns throughout the world for the protection and the rights of children.

Put on sale at the Sotheby’s “Important Watches” auction in the Hotel Beau-Rivage in Geneva on 9 May 2010, the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry in platinum features a tobacco-brown dial and the engraving of Saint Exupéry as a military pilot on the back of the watch.

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry platinum watch

The Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry platinum unique piece is powered by the imposing IWC 51111-calibre large movement with Pellaton automatic winding, seven-day power reserve, power reserve display, Breguet spring and date display.

This is the fourth special edition watch produced by IWC Schaffhausen in association with the Société Civile pour l’Œuvre et la Mémoire d’Antoine de Saint Exupéry.

With this fourth Antoine de Saint Exupéry special edition, the collection of Pilot’s Watches from IWC in tribute to the passionate pilot and committed humanist Antoine de Saint Exupéry is now complete.

The Pilot’s Watch Chrono-Automatic in 2006 was the first in a series of IWC special editions in honour of passionate pilot and committed humanitarian Antoine de Saint Exupéry.

It was followed in 2007 by the Pilot’s Watch Automatic, and in 2008 by the Pilot’s Watch UTC. In 2009, the Swiss manufacture proposed the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry watch series.

To mark each of these, a unique example in platinum was created and auctioned for a good cause. The intended purpose of the proceeds was decided in each case in consultation with the Société Civile pour l’Œuvre et la Mémoire d’Antoine de Saint Exupéry in reflect the spirit of the author.