This is the IWC Portofino Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the sixth piece released by the Schaffhausen-based brand in honour of the Laureus Foundation. A few details distinguish these special editions - they have magnificent blue dials, a colour symbolic of hope and each edition also features some rather unique case back engravings. This is eye-pleasing philanthropy at its finest.
IWC are global partners for the organisation which reaches out to underprivileged children and young people through 90 projects worldwide and the annual release of the Laureus watches raises not only funds, but also awareness for the charity and its on-going work in the most challenging parts of the globe.
The spirit of both the Laureus Foundation and those who it seeks to assist is evident not so much in the perfection achieved by IWC's dial design, but by what is going on on the back of the piece. Each year a drawing competition is held among the children who take part in the projects, and the case back of the Laureus watch features an engraving of the winning entry, a recreation which works suprisingly well. This year's picture was drawn by 7 year old Kumara Wadu Parami Apsara, from Sri Lanka who was born just one month before the tsunami changed her homeland forever.
The IWC Portofino Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation watch features a 42mm steel case and inside is the IWC automatic chronograph Calibre 79320 with 44 hours of power reserve. The piece will be a limited edition of 2500.
Details of the Foundation here.