Seven years ago IWC started their commitment to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a perfect way to demonstrate IWC’s commitment to philanthropy by releasing a limited edition timepiece in aid of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Part of the proceeds resulting from the sale of the watches go to help needy children all over the world.
Every year another timepiece from another collection gets elected to serve the good cause and this year the choice was made in favor of the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph. It is limited to 1,000 pieces and features both the signature blue Laureus Sport for Good Foundation dial and the engraved case back.
I think most Monochrome readers are familiar with the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph (click here and here), as its appearance in the IWC collection marked a special moment. It was with the Yacht Club Chronograph that IWC introduced the in-house caliber 89360/89361. The latter caliber features in this Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Laureus version, which comes in a stainless steel case, measuring 45.4 mm in diameter and 14.5 mm in height.
The in-house movement features a small second indication at the 6 o’clock position, a date at 3 o’clock and the upper part of the dial gives space to the hour and minute chronograph register. This makes a handy way to read the elapsed time, but it also makes it possible to use the chronograph as a second timezone display, at least if you start the chronograph at the exact right time and as long as you keep it running.
The movement cannot be seen, because the case back is adorned with an engraving based on a drawing by 12-year-old Hakkini Hasanga Sandumal De Silva. The boy from Sri Lanka had entered the global children’s drawing competition held annually by IWC Schaffhausen at the Laureus Foundation’s projects. It displays a sprinter, with other competitors in the background, surrounded by cheering fans. There could be no better symbol of the motto of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation: “sport has the power to change the world”.
For more information, please visit the IWC website here.
This article is written by Frank Geelen, executive editor for Monochrome Watches.