The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “The Last Flight” has been designed to commemorate 70 years since the tragic death of celebrated writer and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The sale of the watch will take place during Sotheby’s auction of Important Watches on 11 November 2014, and all the proceeds will benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, dedicated to supporting young people around the world. The fund will help to build a library for young patients in the Hospital Pequeno Príncipe in Curitiba, Brazil’s largest children’s hospital.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “The Last Flight” (Ref. IW388005) number 01 out of 17 pieces – features a silicon nitride ceramic case with a special engraving goes under the hammer, a brown dial and a calfskin strap in the same colour, echoing the tobacco colour of the pilot’s flying suit. The crown, buttons and case back are in platinum.
Georges Kern, IWC Schaffhausen’s CEO, commented: “Last year’s auctioning of a Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” generated a breathtaking CHF 173’000 that was channeled towards the construction of a school with a library in Cambodia, a project brought to life by the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. We would like to continue our support of this charitable organization with the auctioning of another Special Edition timepiece: the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “The Last Flight” in platinum, with an exquisite engraving on the case back in memory of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. As a globally successful company with a strong commitment to social responsibility, we are proud to have found a partner in the Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation which relies on a vast international network and does incredible work for disadvantaged children with its local projects.”