Each year, IWC selects one of its newest timepieces and fits it with a beautiful blue dial and a special engraved caseback… and there’s a good reason for that, a reason called charity, to be precise to fund the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Thus, this year, IWC comes with one of these blue dial watches, and for the first time in 10 years, it will be a ladies watch. Here is the IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”.
2013 – IWC introduced the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. 2014 – we’ve seen the Portuguese Chronograph Classic Edition Laureus. 2015 – it was the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. For 10 years now, IWC has been supporting the Laureus foundation on an annual basis by launching a special watch in aid of the cause.
Sport eliminates differences, imparts self-confidence and promotes team spirit: this is the motto of Laureus Sport for Good, an organization that believes in the integrative force of sport, harnessing its potential to advance social change and provide more promising future prospects for disadvantaged children and adolescents. The foundation, and its ambassadors from the world of professional sport, are tirelessly and passionately dedicated to improving society.
After introducing 9 watches based on man’s collections, IWC, for the 10th anniversary of the collaboration with Laureus, will base its annual dedicated timepiece on a ladies’ model, the Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37. This watch, which we covered here, is the mid-size edition of the classical Portofino, however with a case that isn’t so small at 37mm. Thus, even if intended to be a ladies’ watch, it could easily be worn by men with the idea of a dressy timepiece.
This “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” edition shows the now usual blue dial, here adorned with 12 small diamonds for the hour indexes. The rest of this IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 remains equal to the normal edition, meaning a moon phase indication positioned at 12 and a display of the hours, minute and seconds on the central axis. It is driven by the automatic 35800-calibre movement, with a power reserve of 42 hours.
As usual with the “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” editions, the case back of this IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 is adorned with a specific engraving. Each year, IWC organizes a drawing competition for children and adolescents in the context of the foundation’s projects. An expert jury then reviews all the entries to select the winning design to be engraved on the back of the watch. For the tenth special edition in this series, the jury chose the drawing by 16-year-old Eleni Partakki from Cyprus. Her drawing on the competition theme “Time for Sport” shows girls and boys playing with a ball.
The IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (Ref. IW459006) will be produced in a limited row of 1,500 pieces. The specific blue dial is complemented by a blue alligator strap, as usual made by shoemaker Santoni. Price: $9,860. Part of the proceeds from the sale of each IWC Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Edition Laureus will go to the foundation. More on the dedicated page on iwc.com and the website of the Laureus Foundation.