IWC Schaffhausen outfits an iconic Pilot’s Watch for a good cause
There have been several re-makes of the historic Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII, including this retro revival with a unique green NATO strap that pays homage to its year of origin, but the most recent special edition sees IWC Schaffhausen dedicating the timepiece to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Presented on the occasion of the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, this limited edition novelty comes in blue-and-black colour codes and even has a unique engraving on its caseback that proudly declares its commitment to leveraging the power and unity of sports to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage.
Housed in black ceramic, this haute horlogerie pledge to a good cause features a dial in a shade of blue that has become a signature for special edition Mark XVIIIs — of which this iteration is the 12th for the Laureus Foundation — equipped with the 35111-calibre movement that powers its luminescent hands. And while it's dedicated to the field of sports in all but name, it still stays true to its nature as an aviation watch with a soft-iron inner case to protect against magnetic fields and its glass is secured against sudden air pressure drops.
Of course, as a Laureus special edition, this Mark XVIII's caseback exterior carries as much gravitas as its internal clockwork, with this year's engraving contributed by 11-year-old Ana Claudia from Brazil. The young artist's work was the winning entry in an annual drawing competition organised by IWC from within its stable of charity programmes, the theme of which was 'Time to Be Healthy'. Literally and metaphorically carrying the hopes and dreams of today's youths, this is one watch you can (and ought to) proudly show off.
The Pilot's Watch XVIII 'Laureus Sport for Good Foundation' is available at IWC Schaffhausen boutiques, limited to 1,500 pieces.