Lot 183
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  • IWC
    REF IW502705 CASE 6096080 LE PETIT PRINCE MADE IN 2017
  • white gold, automatic wristwatch
  • diameter 46mm
• cal. 52850 automatic lever movement, 36 jewels • blue sunburst dial, applied luminescent Arabic numerals, baton and triangle indexes, outer minute track with 1/5 seconds divisions, apertures for month, date and day, subsidiary dials for seconds and power reserve indication • 18k white gold case, screw down sapphire crystal display back • case dial and movement signed • with an 18k white gold IWC folding buckle 

Catalogue Note

Once again it is a pleasure for Sotheby’s to join IWC Schaffhausen to present this unique Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar with 7-day Power Reserve Edition "Le Petit Prince" in white gold to be auctioned in aid of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.

For the world-famous poet and author of “The Little Prince”, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, poetry and technology, writing and flying were two sides of the same coin. Now the Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” brings these two worlds together. On the front side of the watch, the annual calendar displays the month, the date and the day of the week in three separate windows. Its advanced mechanism automatically takes the length of individual months into account, but not the two differing lengths of the month of February or the leap years. Once a year, therefore, at the end of February, it requires manual correction via the crown. The reverse side shows the little prince staring in amazement at the sky. He stands on a tiny planet, which in its entirety forms the rotor and revolves eccentrically around its axis. The prince and his planet are made of solid red gold. Thanks to power from two barrels, the IWC-manufactured blue 52850 calibre supplies the higher torque necessary to drive the three display discs in the annual calendar. The barrels also provide sufficient energy to keep the watch running for a week when fully wound.

The funds raised will be used to launch the St. Exupéry Foundation in the USA and supporting a program to be carried out in conjunction with the American Association for the Blind to help blind people to read drawings. 

This watch is being sold for charity and therefore has not been given an auction estimate; the current suggested retail price is CHF 36,000.