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IWC Schaffhausen Celebration of the Laureus World Sports Awards' 20th anniversary

During the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Laureus World Sports Awards, IWC Schaffhausen visited a local Laureus-supported project in Berlin.

IWC Schaffhausen has been a partner of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation since 2005, and its trip to the community project reaffirmed the brand’s commitment to the foundation’s work. IWC also presented its 14th Laureus special edition watch, the Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”, in the course of the festivities.

Mingling with the global sporting elite, as well as many prominent personalities from the world of politics, economics and entertainment, IWC Schaffhausen celebrated two decades of the Laureus World Sports Awards at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin. This year’s gala focused on Laureus’ anniversary campaign, “Sport Unites Us”. The award ceremony, recognised as the “Oscars of Sports”, not only honours the world’s best athletes but also shines a spotlight on the work of Laureus Sport for Good. The foundation currently supports over 200 projects in 40 countries.

IWC and guests visit local laureus project

Celebration of the Laureus World Sports Awards' 20th anniversary

Bryan Habana received the Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition © Lukas Schulze / Getty Images for IWC

In the run-up to the awards ceremony, Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC, and members of the IWC and Laureus family visited a local community project, which is supported by Laureus. The programme aims to use football to integrate socially disadvantaged girls throughout Germany. The young athletes had a kickabout with IWC and Laureus brand ambassador Maro Engel, and Laureus Academy members Cafu and Alessandro Del Piero. Afterwards, the girls kicked off a discussion of all things football with Laureus football ambassadors Nia Künzler and Jens Lehmann.

“It’s great to see the girls gain confidence, learn social skills and find inspiration in football. The project shows how sport can generate so much positive energy. We are proud to be part of the Laureus family, helping to change the lives of thousands of children and young people for the better,” explained Christoph Grainger-Herr.

Laureus special edition for new academy member

During the celebrations, IWC also introduced its 14th Laureus special edition watch and welcomed Bryan Habana as new member of the Laureus World Sports Academy. This body now consists of 69 sporting legends from around the world, who voluntarily dedicate their time to the foundation and also select the Laureus World Sports Awards winners each year. Christoph Grainger-Herr presented the South African former Rugby Union star with a Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” (Ref. 515301).

Celebration of the Laureus World Sports Awards' 20th anniversary

Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition © IWC Schaffhausen

This special edition watch, limited to 500 pieces, is the first model in the Portugieser range with a monopusher chronograph. The watch features a stainless steel case and a dial in characteristic Laureus blue. The IWC- manufactured hand-wound 59360 calibre has an eight-day power reserve. The chronograph can be started, stopped and reset with a single push-button integrated in the crown. Engraved on the back of the watch is the winning design from the annual IWC drawing competition for participants of Laureus projects. This year’s contest, with the theme of “Time to Care”, was won by 15-year old Yi Xin, who is a participant of the “Special Olympics China” programme.

Celebration of the Laureus World Sports Awards' 20th anniversary

Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” © IWC Schaffhausen

 

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