IWC Schaffhausen and the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation (FASEJ) celebrated the foundation’s 10th anniversary with a “10 years, 10 days” exhibition early this month in Paris. The highlight of the exhibition was a preview of a unique Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince,” which will be auctioned online by Sotheby’s between July 8 and 17. IWC will donate its proceeds from the sale to the foundation, continuing to support the charitable organization’s educational programs for young people.
Established in 2009, the Antoine de SaintExupéry Youth Foundation (FASEJ) works to preserve the humanist values of the famous French pilot and author. IWC begun a collaboration with the heirs of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 2006 and became a partner to FASEJ on its inception in 2009. To celebrate their successful partnership, IWC and FASEJ have organized the “10 years, 10 days” event in Paris, including an exhibition at the IWC boutique on Rue de la Paix, as well as an exclusive cocktail reception. The special exhibition featured a carefully curated selection of historic artifacts and original photographs, and also honored the foundation’s vital work in various countries around the world over the last decade.
A particular highlight of the exhibition will be a Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW392202) in 18-carat 5N gold. Featuring a spectacular midnight blue dial, this special edition is limited to 250 pieces worldwide. The auction lot itself is the piece 10 out of 250 with a beige luminescent index at 10 o’clock in celebration of the foundation’s 10th anniversary. Watch lovers around the world will be able to place bids on the unique timepiece honoring Antoine de SaintExupéry’s most famous literary work, The Little Prince, from July 8 to 17.
The perpetual calendar, designed in the early 1980s by Kurt Klaus, contains more than 80 individual parts. Its mechanical program automatically recognizes the differing lengths of the months and the watch even adds a leap day to the end of February every four years. Its smart mechanism will require no manual adjustment until 2100. The date, day, month, moon phase, and year displays are perfectly synchronized and can be reset by simply turning the crown. The IWC-manufactured 89630 caliber combines this iconic complication with a chronograph function. The calendar’s moon phase display has been integrated with the chronograph totalizer at 12 o’clock.
The timepiece will be offered within Sotheby’s Watches Online sale, open for bidding exclusively online beginning July 8. A copy of the tactile art book, Claude Garrandes edition of The Little Prince, with drawings in relief and texts in English, French, and Braille and signed by François d’Agay, president of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation, and Dr. Claude Garrandes, will accompany the timepiece.
For further information and to bid in the sale, visit www.sothebys. com/watchesjuly