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#WOTW: IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”

IWC Schaffhausen’s watchmaking facilities, innovative craftsmen create these special edition watches in honour of the Laureus Sport for Good charity with a distinct blue dial and a specially engraved caseback depicting a drawing. That drawing is the winning art work of a child or young person who has taken part in a competition held by IWC Schaffhausen, in aid of the organization each year. This IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII Edition Laureus watch is a great collectable piece, so if you’ve been on the lookout for something special from IWC Schaffhausen for a while but have been holding back for the right timepiece, then it must be fate. The watch combines modern technology with traditional Swiss watchmaking to create an elegant timepiece that pays respect to its maker’s heritage. The instrument features a stunning black ceramic case combined with a silky rich blue dial with luminescent hands for added legibility during the night. A portion of the proceeds also go to the Laureus Sport for Good organization, so you can feel good about your new investment piece.

The iconic 12 o’clock location on the dial of this Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” watch is highlighted by the familiar white triangle, whilst the large easily readable Arabic numerals are a grounding feature to this design. A subtle shot of red is seen on the tip of the central hacking seconds hand which travels around the dial, visiting the discreet date window at 3 o’clock each time. The background to the date aperture along with the plump central hands are more of a charcoal black colour than a jet back, which almost seems to enhance an added sense of sophistication to the model.

If you like your limited edition watches and you’re particular about their identity, as any dedicated collector would be – you’ll be pleased to know that this IWC Schaffhausen special edition watch is individually numbered out of 1500 rather than the usual style of engraving on the back of one of these watches, which would depict “one of 1,500”, for example. This twelfth special edition watch by IWC Schaffhausen is powered by the 35111 Calibre – a self winding automatic movement with a 45 hour power reserve. The movement oscillates with a performance of 28,800 vibrations per hour and is housed within a soft-iron inner cage which protects the movement from magnetic fields. The sapphire glass lens is also secured against any sudden drop in pressure, helping to enhance a water resistant environment for the internal workings of the watch.

Turn the watch over and you’ll see Brazil’s 11 year old Ana Claudia’s winning picture based around her chosen subject “Time to be Healthy”. The black ceramic case of this IWC Schaffhausen Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” will secure comfortably to your wrist with a classic embossed black leather calfskin strap for an authentic feel against the skin.

If you want to find a little more out about the IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”, you can find the rest of the spec here.

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