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IWC IWC Portugieser auctioned for CHF 200,000

Almost CHF 3,000,000 for charitable sports projects were raised during the “Laureus Charity Night”, held at Dübendorf Hangar near Zurich.

Laureus works on social sports projects to provide more opportunities to disavantaged young people and to carry out prevention work. “I am delighted at the amount donated this year. This is the most rewarding proof that the work done by the Laureus Foundation Switzerland is viewed as meaningful and is widely supported,” explains Linus Fuchs, Managing Director of IWC Schaffhausen Switzerland and member of the Laureus Foundation Switzerland’s Board of Trustees.

The Laureus Charity Night was hosted by the well-known Swiss sports presenter Rainer Maria Salzgeber and his daughter Cloé. Legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer appeared as a co-presenter, repeatedly quoting his catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble”. Among the many guests to grace the red carpet were triathlete and Ironman winner Ronnie Schildknecht, President of the National Council and of Swiss Olympic Jürg Stahl, Laureus Ambassadors Jan Frodeno and David Coulthard, as well as the new CEO of Laureus, Jonathan Hill. Athletics legend Edwin Moses, retired Swiss racing cyclist Fabian Cancellara and exfootballer Cafu – all members of the Laureus World Sports Academy – were also in attendance.

On stage, the supporting programme was provided by Swiss singer Baschi, who appeared alongside Laureus Kids and the Swiss band Pegasus. The evening ended with Christian Stucki, winner of this year’s “Unspunnen Schwinget”, presenting the Laureus Foundation Switzerland with a cheque of CHF 2,935,927.

IWC Portugieser auctioned for CHF 200'000.-

Christian Stucki, winner of this year's 'Unspunnen Schwinget' presents the Laureus Foundation Switzerland with a cheque of almost CHF 3 000 000 © Photo by Remy Steiner/Getty Images for IWC

The auction of the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (Ref. IW394004) helped in raising such a substantial amount. With its tourbillon, retrograde date display and chronograph featuring a flyback function, the IWC manufactured calibre 89900 brings together no fewer than three complications on the blue dial of this exclusive Portugieser watch. The pallet and escape wheel are made from diamond-coated silicon. The extremely hard, lowfriction surface of the latter material ensures its sliding properties, allowing for a power reserve of 68 hours. The unique piece with a platinum case went to the highest bidder for CHF 200,000.

IWC Portugieser auctioned for CHF 200'000.-

Managing Director IWC Switzerland Linus Fuchs (L) and CEO IWC Schaffhausen Christoph Grainger-Herr (R) hand over the auctioned watch to the highest bidder during the 11th Laureus Charity Night. The IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Retrogarde Chronograph Edition © Photo by Remy Steiner/Getty Images for IWC

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