New Laureus in Blue Ceramic — IWC Schaffhausen has unveiled the Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”. The timepiece is the 15th special edition that the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has created to support the work of Laureus Sport for Good.
The work of Laureus Sport for Good follows this powerful guiding principle established by Laureus’ Founding Patron, Nelson Mandela. Currently, the foundation supports over 250 programmes in more than 50 countries worldwide, using sport to transform the lives of children and young people and end violence, discrimination, and disadvantage. Since 2006, IWC has issued a special edition timepiece in honour of Laureus Sport for Good each year.
The Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” (Ref. IW328101) is the 15th Laureus special edition. It comes with an exclusive first: In addition to the dial in the trademark Laureus blue, a blue ceramic case has been used for the first time.
The dark blue hue of the ceramic is the result of a complex manufacturing process. Powdered zirconium oxide is mixed with other metallic oxides, shaped, and then sintered in a furnace. Coloured ceramics place enormously high demands on the quality and purity of the raw materials.
A precise rate is ensured by the IWC-manufactured 32111 calibre movement. Thanks to an improved barrel construction, the mainspring can hold an impressive power reserve of five days. A soft iron inner cage effectively shields the movement from the effects of magnetic fields. Limited to 750 pieces, this sporty pilot’s watch is fitted with a blue rubber strap with textile inlay.
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As is the long-standing tradition with the Laureus special editions, the back of the case features a special highlight: The titanium case back is engraved with the winning design from the drawing competition that IWC organises every year within all the programmes supported by Laureus Sport for Good.
It was created by 12-year-old Melissa Mejía Castilla from Colombia and is entitled “Vivir en Armonía” (Living in Peace). Melissa participates in activities organised by Fundación Colombianitos – an organisation that, among other things, promotes gender equality through sport.