The power of sport can be used as a tool for social change. It can bring sporting heroes together and promote social change. It can send a message across the globe – to inspire hope and change amongst communities struggling through poverty or battling through a disaster. It can break down barriers – unite people by sporting achievement, and most of all – provide people with the belief that good can come from a bad situation. That’s what IWC Schaffhausen believe, having sponsoring the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation since 2005.
Laureus comprises three individual elements; the Laureus World Sports Academy, the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation and the Laureus World Sport Awards. Together these three concepts come together to demonstrate the magnificent and profound affect that a love for sport can have on communities and vulnerable people in all four corners of the globe. The foundation works by recognising the achievements of sporting heroes and bringing these professionals together in environments where they can really drive a natural passion for sport forward in a positive way through social projects around the world. The founding Patrons and Partners work together by supporting the same message, where sport is the social vehicle. Legends from a diverse range of sports, including skateboarding, athletics, tennis, motorsport and football have visited numerous projects supported by Laureus, including the likes of Tanni Grey-Thompson, Martina Navratilova, Edwin Moses and Robby Naish. Young people going through a difficult time of life, a trauma, a bereavement or a catastrophe are able to come face to face with their sporting heroes.
IWC not only sponsor the foundation which has ran over 140 individual projects and benefitted over 1.5 million children so far, but they also run their own drawing competition as part of the foundation each year, which coincides with the launch of a new limited edition timepiece created by experts at IWC Schaffhausen. The winning child from the competition who portrays through art how the foundation has positively impacted upon their life, gets their masterpiece delicately engraved onto the back of the special timepiece’s case. IWC have also recently published a beautifully illustrated book called “Let the Children Play” which outlines ten projects supported by the Laurus Sport For Good Foundation through the work of well-known authors and photographers.
In honour of the good that has come out of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation so far, IWC Schaffhausen has released a further two limited edition timepieces for 2019 – one from the Da Vinci collection and the other from the Aquatimer collection. Both masterpieces bear the iconic deep blue colour of the Sport For Good Foundation on their refined dials.
The first of the two – the IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good Foundation” Watch is a 42mm stainless steel timepiece with newly designed articulated strap horns for ultimate comfort when donned to the wrist. The sporty yet elegant wristwatch from IWC is completed on a black alligator leather strap from Santoni and boasts a beautiful polished stainless steel fasten that matches the finish on the 30 meter water resistant case. Cotes de Geneve, perlage decoration has been meticulously applied to the surface of some of the 89361 in-house built calibre’s components. The stealth-like movement is an automatic self-winding engine with a composition of 299 individual components – all laid out and arranged by a skilled IWC Schaffhausen expert. The watch also comes with an innovative flyback function, enabling the wearer to simply stop, reset and start a new timing on the chronograph with the simple switch of a button. The movement’s innovative double-pawl winding mechanism enables an impressive 68 hour power reserve. The dramatic blue dial of the watch makes for an elegant dress watch to pair with the smart attire of any style-conscious gentleman. The solid stainless steel case back of this IWC Schaffhausen Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good Foundation” watch features the picture of competition winner, Hou Ye from Shanghai.
Moving on to the IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good” watch – the design comes in at a slightly broader diameter of 45mm on the gent’s wrist and features a screw in crown, a 300 meter water resistant case and a unidirectional rotating bezel to ensure optimum performance whilst under water, along with other diver safety features. The 89365 automatic self-winding movement is capable of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a 68 hour power reserve courtesy of 294 individual hand-arranged components. The movement is housed within a robust stainless steel case with black vulcanized rubber coating, attached to a matching blue rubber strap. This IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good” watch features a date display, a flyback function, a sapphire glass convex anti-reflective lens with scratch resistant properties, and small hacking seconds. The back of the case bears an engraving of 15 year old Sri Lanken boy, Melan’s drawing on the subject of “Time to Learn”.
View the IWC Da Vinci 42mm “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” Watch here