IWC renews its global partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation sailing on a seven year wind of sportsmanship and timely precision with Portuguese Yacht Club Chrono watch.
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is a charitable organization that harnesses the power of sports to promote social change and responsibility in the lives of children. Laureus fuels its platform for social change through a tri-union collective consisting of the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus World Sports Awards and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. This collective works in a spirit of team effort to promote what Laureus defines as a simple core concept:
- Create global awards that recognize the achievements of today’s sports heroes;
- Bring sports people together united in achievement but divided by sporting code;
- And upon uniting community, put their reach and the support and investment of Laureus’ Founding Patrons and Partners to work by support and investment of Laureus’ Founding Patrons and Partners to work by supporting a message which can help social projects around the world that use sport as a tool for social change, a message Laureus refers to as Laureus Sport for Good.
IWC Schaffhausen is an avid global partner with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and has been part of the organization’s social sport for good efforts since 2005. Each year IWC supports Laureus Sport for Good Foundation with a special limited edition Blue is the Color of Hope watch and in true sportsmanship form the winner this year is Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph.
IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chrono is renowned for its watch design which is said to possess the spirit of a precision nautical instrument. Portuguese Yacht Club Chrono sporting demeanor and distinct rugged style remains intact with a special embellished feature – an artistically engraved caseback which was designed based on the drawing of contest winner, 12 year-old Hakkini Hasanga Sandumal De Silva of Sri Lanka, the drawing contest theme – “Time to Move.”
IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chrono features include a 45.4 mm stainless case with a Blue is the Color of Hope dial and IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre movement with self-winding system. Notable features are the hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock and its flyback function.
Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph (Reference IW390213) is a special limited edition watch of 1,000 pieces and is timed to move or sell out soon!
IWC sends its Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar collection soaring to new heights with a Boutique Exclusive Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar in Red Gold.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar watch is notably one of its most intricate watches ever manufactured. It’s engineered cockpit reminiscent design and styling has made it one of IWC’s most world acclaimed timepieces. Distinguished highlights of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar include its IWC-manufactured 51614 Calibre movement with high performance Pellaton winding system that builds up an impressive 7-day power reserve. It also has perpetual calendar displays for date, day, month and four-digit year display and a remarkable moon phase display, all of which are adjustable via the crown.
All of these remarkable features and attributes have made the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar the watch to acquire amongst watch connoisseurs. Now enters a Red Gold Boutique Exclusive version of Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar in a limited edition of 250 pieces. Fans of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar are undoubtedly going to be in a state of “flying to new heights” for this new red gold edition.
Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Red Gold (Ref. IW502639 – Boutique Exclusive) features a smaller 46.2mm diameter red gold case and dial, IWC’s signature manufactured automatic mechanical IWC Caliber 51614 movement with Pellaton winding system which produces a 7-day power reserve. It also showcases Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar “red gold” satin finished accentuated displays for date, day, month and perpetual calendar in a 4-digit year display which includes leap years according to the Gregorian calendar until the year 2100. The moon phase display is beautifully accentuated by red gold satin finish which makes viewing the northern and southern hemispheres of the moon’s position aesthetically pleasing. BGW Perpetual Calendar red gold watch is further accentuated with a black crocodile leather strap and red gold folding buckle.
Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Red Gold is another exquisite addition to an already luxurious collection for IWC. The red heat for red gold will most certainly be on to acquire this limited edition boutique exclusive timepiece. Watch aficionados of the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar collection should leap immediately if you plan to own this elegant watch. At only 250 pieces it will vanish quickly into the horizon much like the powerful Top Gun plane, which inspired the cockpit dial design of this amazing watch.
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After over 140 years in the watchmaking business, IWC is taking a chance to revisit some of its most successful pieces over the years. However, being the perfectionists that they are, IWC didn’t stop with simply reviewing its pieces, but revamping them as well. Their IWC Vintage Ingenieur Automatic Watch is one of the strongest pieces of the vintage collection.
The watch combines both the history of IWC with a few modern—and useful—updates. While the original watch was hand wound, the modern update of this timepiece is automatic with the 80111 calibre movement.
IWC has also included a screw-in crown which increases the water resistance exponentially from its original prototype. With a 44 hour power reserve and water resistance of up to 12 bar and even shock absorbers, this watch is ready to weather whatever you throw at it.
While IWC may have updated the mechanics of the piece, it has kept the classic appeal of the design. The open, simple design of the dial is timeless and easy-to-read. Choose from 18 K white or rose gold or stainless steel for the case and silver, ardoise, or black for the dial face itself.
All version of the watch have beautifully crafted indices that add depth to the piece, and the contrasting color makes it that much easier to read in different environments as well. The alligator leather strap sets off the watch nicely.
What really sets the watch apart in its design is the simple openness of the design. The dial has just enough markings to make it readable, but leaves the open watch face to speak for itself. It is an effortless, clean look that works for all environments and all lifestyles.
Perhaps the greatest strength of the IWC Vintage Ingenieur Automatic Watch is its ability to transition through time and space. The same values that made the timepiece stand out over fifty years ago are still in place today, while the modern adaptations have only added to the watch’s durability.
Whether you’re diving through the ocean or hitting the office, whether you’re looking for a slightly retro piece or just a nice watch for a night out, this watch has the ability to transition effortlessly between environments.
Though the IWC Vintage Ingenieur Automatic Watch has received a few updates, the basic principles of the timepiece remain in place; rugged reliability.
CEO of IWC George Kern makes no effort to hide the fact that the IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia Watch was crafted to show off the technical prowess of the brand and attract new people to the brand. With more complications than a daytime drama plot, incredibly materials, and over a decade of research, the Sidérale Scafusia certainly seems to deliver.
After over ten years of research and hard work, IWC has presented their Sidérale Scafusia as their piéce de resistance to the world of watches.
Though IWC actually has another watch with more complications, this watch has perhaps the best and most imaginative mix of features. With an intense astrological function that maps 500-100 stars in the sky on the caseback is not only a rare function in a watch, but is quite beautifully crafted, as well.
The front face of the watch features an open tourbillon set into the dial. The black dial sets off the mechnics of the tourbillon beautifully, the subtle engraved image of a sphere adding to the depth of the piece. The segmented sphere mimics a globe—an appropriate symbol for the internationally renowned watch company.
The dial also includes a power reserve indicator and a sidereal time indicator. Sidereal time is the 24 hour method based of the Earth’s rate of rotation in relation to the stars, and is often used by astrologers. While it’s unlikely that most astrologers will be able to afford the $700,000 price tag, it is a very unique element to the piece.
The watch is manual wound using a crown winding mechanism in the box to make things easier on the wearer. The IWC Calibre 94900 movement is new and uses over 500 pieces, including a module for astronomical functions. The piece uses a tourbillon to keep it moving reliably, and features a 96 hour power reserve.
The watch also features a plethora of additional features including a perpetual calendar display, sunset and sunrise data, solar time, a day/night indicator, and many more elements.
Georges Kern went on to describe the complex masterpiece as “an unparalleled distillation of pioneering work, craftsmanship, engineering and exclusivity. The result is overwhelming and fills [IWC] with immense pride.”
The first wrist watch to successfully combine solar time with sidereal time, with beautiful design and incredible mechanics, the IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia Watch is truly a piece for the collector.
Laureus is a non-profit organization based in England who has two subsidiaries, The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sports Academy which both seek to use the power of athletics to fuel and encourage social change in the world. Sports authorities and enthusiasts from all over join forces to fundraise for hundreds of projects that help educate and coach individuals from some of the most impoverished areas around the globe.
Needless to say, Laureus is helping and embracing people worldwide to get them involved in playing sports to promote confidence, teamwork and create hope for those who normally do not have the opportunity to learn a sport and just have fun with other children. IWC recognized the great work of Laureus and they are in their 6th year of supporting the non-profit organization and created another stunning timepiece, the IWC Portofino Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Watch.
Aside from the striking design of the case and dial, IWC included an inscription of the winning drawing from their “Time for Change” contest which portrays four girls outside in the sun reading, playing and planting a flower on the case back. The front of the watch is beautifully breathtaking and luxurious however anytime you look at the back of the watch, you will be reminded of all the youth that you and IWC have helped.
Available in a limited amount of 2,500 pieces, the IWC Portofino Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Watch measures 42 by 13.5 millimeters and is made of brushed and polished stainless steel. The watch is also equipped with a mechanical movement, automatic winding, water resistant to 3 bar, day and date display, small hacking seconds, 25 jewels, the infamous 75320 calibre, ball bearing rotor, three subdials, sapphire glass with dual-sided antireflective and scratch-resistant coating and a generous 44-hour power reserve. The watch strap which perfectly matches the dial is made of a vividly colored and distinctive blue alligator leather which IWC refers to as “the colour of hope.”
IWC has become one of the most renowned luxury watch companies therefore purchasing the limited edition Portofino Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Watch is a great buy. Whether you just want another brilliant IWC watch to add to your collection, want to help benefit the good folks over at Laureus who are helping to provoke change every day or both, you will be getting the best of both worlds.