Written by Laura Rensing
The Supermarine Spitfire was one of the most reliable and powerful fighter planes used by the Royal Air Force during WWII, so it’s no wonder that the same spark illuminates the IWC Spitfire series. The latest watch in the line, the IWC Spitfire Chronograph Watch is no exception and blends the beauty of modernity with all the revered aircraft of old.
Powered by the 89365 calibre and with a power reserve of 68 hours at its max, this watch has an impressive punch for its genteel look. The chronograph is not the only nice function in the watch either; the flyback function and perpetual calendar make this watch a great asset, no matter what your lifestyle.
The self-winding movement keeps the watch ticking right on time—an asset for those with busy schedules that must be run like…well, like clockwork. The watch is water resistant up to 60 meters, which gives the timepiece a little extra bit of durability.
On top of all the technical data, the watch is just a pleasure to look at. The clean lines of the timepiece are not overly complicated by measurements, offering just enough indices to make the readability easy. The polished dial blends well with the leather watch strap. The steel case will keep the watch in excellent condition and provides a nice balance with the polished dial face.
There are several color variations on the watch; both have elements that recommend themselves particularly well. The gunmetal gray of the stainless steel case adds a very sleek modern look, however the brown and black version creates a more classic feel to the piece.
The comfy alligator strap brings has a somewhat nostalgic feel; the craftsmanship of the wristband brings to mind the flying leathers of the old pilots. The high polished accents on the watch hands and the watch lugs add a nice contrast to the piece. The Spitfire Chronograph is a good looking watch that nods towards its WWII roots.
You can always count on IWC to present a well put together watch. With the clean, open lines of the watch combined with its useful flyback function and power reserve, the Spitfire Chronograph is an asset to anyone’s collection. The watch can easily transition from atmosphere to atmosphere, and looks just as good in a boardroom as it does at a fancy dinner.
In November 2012 the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation held its sixth Laureus Charity Night, raising a record CHF 444,000 to help disadvantaged children in Switzerland.
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation was co-founded by several Swiss institutions, including IWC Schauffhausen. The Foundation is focused on providing socially, economically, and physically disabled children and adolescents in Switzerland with the opportunity to participate in sports that they might not otherwise have.
Laureus Charity Night 2012 was the Foundation’s sixth annual fundraiser, and the event was well-attended by 600 guests who included international sports stars such as US swimmer Mark Spitz and personalities from the arts and business worlds. Laureus Ambassadors such as the Olympic winners Nicola Sprig and Edith Hunkeler-Wolf were also present. The British singer Lisa Stansfield entertained the guests, receiving standing ovations for her performance of the hit songs “All Around the World” and “Change.”
Other events at the Charity Night included a benefit auction. Among the prizes auctioned off were :
- a trip to the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards, to be held in sunny Rio de Janeiro
- a sailing cruise with explorer and adventurer Mike Horn, famous for his solo circumnavigation of the Arctic Circle in 2014
- a passenger’s seat in the Mille Miglia, a famous open road endurance race,
- three starting tickets for the Tortour 2013, a nonstop cycling challenge that circles Switzerland
- a unique, one-of-a-kind timepiece created by IWC Schauffhausen specifically to be auctioned off at the event
The IWC Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Laureus Charity Night Edition, as the watch is called, is a unique timepiece with an elegant dark blue and platinum design. The watch’s face displays both date and month in digital form, and the open case back puts the internal rotor on display as a Spitfire silhouette. As a reminder of its origin this special edition watch is engraved with the worlds “Laureus Charity Night Zurich 2012” and the limited edition number of “1/1”. This watch raised an impressive CHF 140,000 in the auction.
We applaud IWC Schauffhausen for their commitment to the Laureus Foundation and its philosophy that sport has the power to change the lives of young people for the better.