IWC Introduces the Mark XVIII Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good’ in Black Ceramic Replica At Best Price
In SIHH 2016, the theme for Schaffhausen-based Iwc Pilot Watch Petit Prince Replica was once more pilot watches. In the following article, I’ll be discussing two models – original is the conventional benchmark IW377709 (on strap) and IW377710 (on bracelet) which has a iconic black dial. “IWC’s Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 3777 has always been a entry-level offering from the brand, but nevertheless one of my favourite IWC watches. For me personally, this is one of those best-rendered aviator chronograph watches available on the market, and IWC has both the quality and style nailed. The 2016 IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph models are not radically different from outgoing models, but instead given small updates and new reasons for those that don’t have one of these models to take a good look at them. Back in January, aBlogtoWatch mentioned this and other new IWC Pilot’s Watch releases for its year.In fact, I shall more or less describe what is “new” from the 2016 IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 3777 versions, and that’s a redesign of the minute markers and periphery of the dial (removal of this Arabic numerals), as well as simplification of this calendar windows. IWC has removed this design element and created a more clean display for the day of the week and date windows.
Every year for over a decade now, IWC unveils a limited edition to raise funds for the Laureus foundation, a charity that brings sport to underprivileged children across the world. Each year’s Laureus watch has been different from the last – the preceding editions were the Da Vinci chronograph and ladies’ Portofino – but all share the same deep blue metallic dial.
The latest watch for the good cause is unusual, being the very first Laureus watch in black ceramic, the very first Laureus in a material other than stainless steel in fact. The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” has a glossy black ceramic case that’s 41mm in diameter, being the same case as that on the Mark XVIII Miramar.
And as is tradition the usual matte black dial has been replaced by one in metallic blue, with a red-tipped seconds hand for some colour.
The other feature that’s a Laureus tradition is the engraving on the case back that reproduces a drawing by a child selected by the foundation. This year’s motif was done by an 11-year-old Brazilian girl who is part of Instituto Reação, a Laureus-supported organisation in Brazil dedicated to improving the lives of slum-dwelling children with education and sports such as judo.
Like the standard Mark XVIII, the Laureus edition is powered by the cal. 35111, which is a rebadged Sellita SW300. And it’s enclosed by a soft-iron cage to protect the movement from magnetism, a standard feature on IWC’s aviator watches.
The watch is paired with a crosshatch embossed calfskin leather strap.
Price and Availability
The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (ref. IW324703) is a limited edition of 1,500 pieces and is priced at US$5650 or S$8,650. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the edition will go to Laureus Sport for Good.