IWC Sotheby’s "Important Watches" auction
The IWC Big Pilot's wristwatch Saint-Exupéry edition will be auctioned on November 13th 2018 in Geneva.
Sotheby’s renews its collaboration with IWC Schaffhausen and presents a unique wristwatch at auction to benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition, “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry” Unique Piece (Ref. IW502709) will be offered during the sale of Important Watches in Geneva on 13th November. This piece in white gold features a tobacco-brown dial – inspired by Saint-Exupéry’s flight suit – and its rotor takes the form of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning plane – the model of airplane which Antoine de Saint-Exupéry piloted on his last flight, a fateful reconnaissance mission in 1944. This Unique Piece embodies the spirit of the famous pilot and author of “The Little Prince”.
IWC Schaffhausen will donate the full proceeds from the sale to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Foundation, helping it to support the Arrimage association. Among numerous projects, this institution conducts pioneering art and educational workshops allowing visually-impaired children to have access for the very first time to the original illustrations of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince" by teaching them how to read drawings through the sense of touch.
The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch with Annual Calendar, dubbed the “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry” is produced in white 18-carat gold and is entirely unique. Its design commemorates the French author and aviator with the letter “A.” for Antoine on the dial.
Going back to the early days of aviation, the ’Big Crown’ of the Pilot’s watch was created for pilots who had to face the worst of the elements in open or unheated cockpits. The oversized crown made it possible for pilots to set and wind their watch even while wearing a padded flight suit and thick gloves.
Important Watches Mandarin Oriental, Geneva 13th November 2018 from 2PM
Mandarin Oriental, Geneva 10-12 November, 10AM – 6PM
With a clear emphasis on technology and development, IWC Schaffhausen has been manufacturing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. Its philosophy, based on a passion for watchmaking, aims to maintain a spirit of indefatigable initiative and impeccable craftsmanship.Find out more >
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