IWC has partnered with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation for the 12th time to release the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” watch. Announced during the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, the limited edition run of 1,500 pieces features a black ceramic case with the signature Laureus edition blue sunburst dial. There’s been an IWC watch done for Laureus (a sports-charity organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged children around the world) and this is the follow up to last year’s Da Vinci Chronograph edition.
This edition shares the same dimensions as the standard Mark XVIII, a 41mm case at a height of 11mm, with a lug-to-lug of 51mm. Ticking inside the Mark XVIII is the Iwc Watch Kijiji Replica Caliber 35111, an automatic movement based on the Sellita SW300-1, and in true pilot’s watch fashion, the movement is covered with an iron inner case to protect it from magnetism. Continuing their efforts to use ceramic in their cases, and following the trend towards ceramic in Switzerland, IWC has chosen to feature a black ceramic case on this special edition, creating a jet-black look that allows the blue dial to stand out against the ceramic.
Conflicting with this jet-black look, however, is the titanium crown, which is not color-matched or DLC-coated, and disrupts the dark style of the watch. I would have liked to have seen IWC make more of an attempt to blend the crown with the case, rather than leaving it as is. Flanking the titanium caseback is an engraving submitted to IWC as part of its annual drawing competition they host with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and is themed as “time to be healthy,” pun definitely intended. The watch will also come on an embossed calfskin leather strap, in black of course.
The IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” is 40.4mm broad and 12.1mm thick at a steel case, using a water-resistance of 30m — even though it is clearly not a game watch, something designed as a daily wear in this way might have maybe had a bit better water-resistance score as a guarantee of general durability. The hands are rhodium-plated, and date-haters will not have that to whine about this, as IWC has chosen to omit a date display.The 82200 movement has become the most notable element of the IWC Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” watch. It builds on the 80000 household of movements, as those located in, say, some Aquatimer watches. The automatic 82200 works at 4Hz with a wonderful 60-hour power book and includes a seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Like other IWC moves, the 82200 uses the Pellaton bi-directional winding system and ceramic components to their wear-resistance. It is visible via a sapphire caseback, with Geneva stripes, circular graining, along with a skeletonized gold strand with an “IWC Anniversary medallion. IW459304) with a 36mm (obviously) 18k red gold case and 206 diamonds using a price of $29,900. It’s powered by the IWC “35800” motion that is a Sellita SW300-1 base using a moon phase display at 12 o’clock, working in 4Hz with 42 hours of electricity reserve.IWC is continuing to highlight the updated Da Vinci by adding it at its birthday party versions, and an in-house motion might help capture the attention of watch enthusiasts over last year’s fundamental three-hand models employing the Sellita-based 35111. IW358102) is limited to 500 pieces, it’s quite possible that the next non-limited iteration will combine the collection shortly. Price is $9,550.
Ceramic cases have most certainly been “in” for the last couple of years, and it seems Iwc Watches Thailand Replica wants to stay relevant in the ceramic experimentation arms race in Switzerland. I generally view these types of nonprofit collaborations as more of a marketing opportunity for the watch brand, rather than for the benefit of the foundation, but nonetheless, it’s nice to see the luxury community coming around to support what is legitimately a good cause, so a thumbs up there. Those who are feeling the blue and ceramic combo can purchase one of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” watches for $5,650. iwc.com