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IWC Donates Unique Watch, Helps Make Laureus Charity Night a Success

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.

Fashion Icon Daphne Guinness and Watchmaker Roger Dubuis Team Up

This month fashion icon Daphne Guinness and Swiss watchmaker Roger Dubuis have teamed up to promote Roger Dubuis’ latest collection, combining Dubuis’ timepieces with Guiness’ style.

Daphne Guinness has long been considered an important figure in the world of fashion, being a well-known collector of haute couture and a revered style icon. She is an artist who has herself inspired other artists, serving as muse to famous photographers and art directors. It is as muse that she has come to collaborate with Roger Dubuis, a talented watchmaker whose name graces the brand he launched in 1995 with the help of Carlos Dias, another designer of fine watches.

 

As the latest celebrity to partner with Roger Dubuis, Guinness has lent the brand’s stylish timepieces the stamp of her approval—approval that did not come lightly. According to Haute Living magazine, before she would consent to becoming an ambassador for Roger Dubuis the heiress insisted on visiting their factory herself in order to ascertain that the quality of manufacturing that went into a Roger Dubuis watch was up to her stringent standards. Only then did she become ambassador for the Velvet collection.

To celebrate the launch of the Velvet collection, Daphne Guinness collaborated with the celebrated fashion photographer Nick Knight on a photoshoot that showcased the watches. The photoshoot was styled by the Daphne Guinness herself and features vintage clothing from her personal wardrobe. The results of the photoshoot are exceptional, each one capturing not only Guiness’ style and grace but each watch in the Velvet collection to perfection. Together they exemplify the “fascinating and daring appeal” of the Velvet collection. The resutls of the photoshoot also include a short making-of video that takes viewers into the world of high-fashion photography.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv2PQF40XDY

As for the watches themselves? The Velvet collection combines stunningly precise mechanisms with a glamorous design. The centers of the Velvet watches are marked by a barrel-shaped inset, creating an interesting depth effect on the watch face. Gleaming Roman numerals and appliqued designs all converge towards the center of the watch, drawing the eye inward. The watch casing itself is designed in a shape that sits halfway between a circle and a barrel shape, and gems line it in shapes that echo both forms. The watches of the Velvet collection come in a variety of colors and configurations, ensuring that there’s one to fit any aesthetic.

Looking forward, it’s hard to say where this partnership might go. However, with Guiness’ deep appreciation for the skill and craftsmanship that goes into a Roger Dubuis watch, it’s safe to say that we can expect great things from their collaboration.

Corum’s Latest Admiral’s Cup Timepiece is COSC-Certified

Corum’s latest iteration of its celebrated Admiral’s Cup watch has broken the mold with its COSC-certified chronograph movement.

The Admiral’s Cup is an international series of yachting races, and for many years was considered to be the unofficial world championship of offshore racing. Corum has been a supporter of the Admiral’s Cup almost since its inception—the race was first held in 1957, and Corum released its first Admiral’s Cup watch three years later in 1960. That early watch was square in shape, had a sailboat engraved on its back and naturally was designed to be water resistant. Since then Corum’s Admiral’s Cup watches have come to repesent the best of the brand’s sports watches.

That reputation has remained even though the current Admiral’s Cup watches are a far cry from their early progenitor. Now they are marked by distinctive twelve-sided bezel, which is decorated with twelve nautical pennants from the International Maritime Signals Code [DOUBLE CHECK]. The watch retained those features through last year’s redesign, when Corum created the Legend line to house its Admiral’s Cup watches. Now Corum has improved yet again on that classic design with this year’s Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Chronograph.

This new timepiece retains the distinctive shape and pennants of its predecessors but stands out from the rest as it is the only one of the line that has a COSC-certified movement. COSC, or Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, is the Swiss organization that is in charge of certifying the accuracy and precision of all wristwatches in Switzerland. Corum’s Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Chronograph features the Caliber CO983 movement, which beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a 42-hour power reserve.

This beautiful watch represents yet another step forward in Corum’s question to make each Admiral’s Cup timepiece a celebration of not only nautical skill but clockwork craftsmanship as well.