IWC has been celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Laureus World Sports Awards, in Berlin this week. The event, held each year in aid of IWC’s charity partner Laureus Sport for Good, attracted a host of sporting IWC brand ambassadors including Lewis Hamilton (who won Sportsman of the Year), fellow racing driver Maro Engel and Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellera as well as IWC boss Christoph Grainger-Herr.
The watch dominating red carpet wrists, including One Direction’s Liam Payne for some reason, on the night was the latest IWC Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good’, the 14th such special edition created by the brand to benefit the charity’s social sports projects through its sales.
While these watches, with dials featuring the organisation’s signature Laureus blue colour and casebacks embossed with competition winning drawings from Laureus participants, are always a hit with IWC fans (those deep blue dials and limited numbers don’t hurt) we have a feeling that a limited hand-wound monopusher chronograph, which represents a first for the Portugieser line, will stoke demand even more than usual.
While this monopusher heeds the decision to use only in-house movements for Portugieser Chronographs (read more about that recent update here) because it opts for the 59360 calibre, which has been used in the past for monopushers within the larger Portofino collection, it creates something of a unique beast, requiring a 46mm stainless steel case.
That’s a very noticeable increase from the two current versions of the Portugieser Chronograph which measure 41mm and 42mm and will only add to its collectability. The choice of movement also means the watch has a very useful 8 Day power reserve while start, stop and reset are activated by a central pusher built into an oversized crown.
A running seconds sits at the six o’clock position, with power reserve indicator at the nine o’clock and 60-minute chronograph minute counter at the 12 o’clock. There’s also a date windows at the three o’clock to keep everything balanced and thankfully the date wheel has been colour-matched to the dial, so not even the most fervent #nodate advocate should have anything to complain about.
The IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good’ cost £15,000 and is limited to 500 pieces and the caseback design featuring hands coming together is the work of 15-year-old Yi Xin, a participant in the Laureus-backed Special Olympics China and one of 300,000 young people to benefit from the charity.
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