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IWC Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth Edition «Plastiki»

This watch is a homage to the feat of the British adventurer David de Rothschild and his crew, who sailed across the Pacific in 2010 in their pioneering and one-of-a-kind catamaran, the “Plastiki”.

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As the official partner of the “Plastiki” expedition, IWC Schaffhausen is commemorating the successful mission with an addition to the Ingenieur watch family: a limited special edition of the Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth Edition “Plastiki”. This watch is the Schaffhausen watchmaker's homage to the feat of the British adventurer David de Rothschild and his crew, who sailed across the Pacific in 2010 in their pioneering and one-of-a-kind catamaran, the “Plastiki”.

The “Plastiki” expedition made environmental history. Weighing 12 tons and held afloat by 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, the catamaran sailed from San Francisco to Sydney on a mission to draw global attention to the health of our oceans, in particular the colossal amounts of plastic waste choking the waves. A remarkable man full of bright ideas, David is a lateral thinker and, by passionate conviction, an environmental pioneer. He and his team undertook the project as a practical realization of their vision of a society that views waste as a resource. The Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen backed the adventure as official partner, endorsing its efforts to draw attention to the untold quantities of plastic waste that litter our oceans.

This partnership is celebrated with the Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth Edition “Plastiki”, Reference 3236, which is limited to 1,000 timepieces.




A chronograph fit for an expedition

More than 30 gruelling tests have proved it: the Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth Edition “Plastiki” is extremely robust and made for adventurers. The stainless-steel case is waterresistant to 12 bar and protects the crown with its firm protective shoulders. Nestling inside is the IWC-manufactured 80110 calibre with selfwinding, which is fitted with a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields up to 80,000 A/m and protected by an integrated shock-absorption system against impacts. The back engraving commemorates the “Plastiki” expedition and depicts the catamaran and its sea route from San Francisco to Sydney. This masculine timepiece is worn with a blue rubber strap. In fact, David and his crew were wearing watches from the robust Ingenieur family on their arduous sailing expedition, which took over four months. The team overcame innumerable challenges on board the avant-garde catamaran “Plastiki”, whose hull consisted of over 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles.


The mission of the environmental pioneer

It is David and his team's mission to captivate the imagination, motivate and ultimately activate individuals, groups, organizations and industry to act more responsibly towards our planet using adventure, expedition and exploration. David has no intention of merely pointing out the problems but is committed to driving the innovative real world solutions. “To sustain our ability to live on this planet as we know it, we are going to need to dream bigger, undertake bolder adventures, and deliver more compelling Environmental ambassador Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth Edition “Plastiki” stories around why Nature voice needs to be heard more clearly,” says David with conviction.

“As individuals and citizens travelling on spaceship Earth, we must not only learn to reconnect back into Nature and the web of life but we must as a matter of urgency prioritize the activation of the many pioneering solutions that are available to us today.” The environmental adventurer's solution-oriented thinking also convinced IWC Schaffhausen. “David is a pioneer and passionate fighter for an intact environment,” notes Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. “He provides the stimulus for innovative ideas on ways of solving the ecological problems of our time. Such commitment deserves to be encouraged. That is why we had already decided on a cooperation in 2007.” The avant-garde thinker and his organization are sure to find further unconventional ways of persuading people, companies and industry to eliminate the problem of disposal by understanding waste as a resource.



Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth Edition «Plastiki»
Réf. 3236

Limited special edition in stainless steel with IWC-manufactured 80110-calibre movement, soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields, central hacking seconds, date display with rapid adjustment via the crown, special back engraving, limited edition of 1,000 watches

Calibre 80110
Frequency 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels 28
Power reserve 44 h
Winding self-winding

Material stainless steel
Glass sapphire, flat, antireflective coating
on both sides
Crown screw-in
Water-resistant 12 bar
Diameter 46 mm
Case height 15 mm
Ingenieur Automatic


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