At the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai, IWC Schaffhausen presented the limited special edition watch Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”, with the characteristic Laureus blue on the dial. As part of the company’s long-term commitment to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the sports timepiece maintains one of the Swiss watchmaker’s grand traditions: part of the proceeds from sales will go to help children in crisis-hit areas of the world. The engraving on the back of the watch reproduces the drawing by a girl from Uganda, who won the IWC children’s drawing competition. Cooperation with Laureus is one of many social and ecological commitments that IWC Schaffhausen actively promotes, and one that is based on a partnership of shared values.
The Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”(Ref. IW323909) is the ninth in a series of special editions that IWC traditionally releases to support the work of the Laureus foundation. Joining Goris Verburg, Managing Director IWC Schaffhausen North East Asia, and Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus World Sports Academy, was Chinese artistic gymnast, multiple Olympic gold medal winner and world champion, Li Xiaopeng. Together, they presented a limited classic timepiece to the press, whose dial in the characteristic Laureus blue is an indication that its mission goes far beyond merely displaying the time. Part of the proceeds from sales goes to aiding the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, whose sports-related social projects are designed to have a positive influence on the lives of disadvantaged children around the world.
The elegant Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”, with its three hands, is a classic in the Ingenieur watch family and features a timeless, distinctively clear design together with protection against magnetic fields. This means the sporty timepiece far exceeds the Swiss standards laid down for protection against magnetic fields in watches. The chunky, screw-in crown is generously sized and shielded by solid protective shoulders.
Despite its elegant appearance, the Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” is thus extremely functional, robust and suitable for everyday use. One of the hallmarks of the Laureus special editions, along with their blue dial, is the engraving on the case back. The motif for this year’s engraving is based on the winning entry submitted for the 2014 drawing competition organized by IWC within all the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation projects worldwide. The subject, “Time to celebrate”, encouraged many children and young people from all over the world to submit entries. The jury selected the drawing by 13-year-old Nakayenga Zahara from Nakulabye in Uganda. Her picture shows a group of happy cheerleaders with pom-poms, celebrating a goal.
Laureus’ goal of addressing social challenges through sport-related community development initiatives fits particularly well with IWC’s values. IWC supports the Laureus programmes on a global level with the annual launch of a new limited-edition watch. The dial of each watch is presented in a special “Laureus” blue and the case is engraved with a drawing that is selected from entries to a competition in which young people from local Laureus projects take part. As with all previous editions, part of the proceeds from the sales of the watch is donated to Laureus. Moreover, IWC has published a lavishly illustrated book titled “Let the Children Play”, in which well-known authors and photographers have documented ten projects supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. IWC also supports local Laureus initiatives and actively participates in fundraising events and charity dinners.
Model: Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” Ref. IW323909
Calibre 30110, Mechanical automatic
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 42 h
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Date display with crown-activated rapid advance
Central hacking seconds
Back engraving based on the winning entry in the “Time to celebrate” drawing competition
Glass: sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 40 mm
Case height: 10 mm
Blue dial with rhodium-plated hands, hands and appliqués coated with Super-LumiNova®
Stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp
Limited edition of 1,500 watches in stainless steel
IWC Pieces dedicated to Laureus
- 2006: Portugieser Chrono-Automatic – Kenya
- 2007: Pilot’s Watch Chrono-Automatic – Uruguay
- 2008 : Da Vinci Chronograph – India
- 2009/10: Portugieser Automatic – Sri Lanka
- 2011: Ingenieur Automatic Vintage Collection – India
- 2012: Portofino Chronograph – Sri Lanka
- 2013: Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph – Sri Lanka
- 2014: Portugieser Chronograph Classic – Russia
- 2015: Ingenieur Automatic – Uganda