It is a pleasure for Sotheby’s to join IWC Schaffhausen to present this unique Big Pilot's Annual Calendar Watch, Antoine de Saint Exupéry, with 7-day power reserve indication. The white gold watch is to be auctioned in aid of the Antoine Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, the proceeds will be helping it to support the association Arrimage. Among numerous projects, this institution conducts pioneering art and educational workshops allowing visually-impaired children to have access for the very first time to the original illustrations of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince" by teaching them how to read drawings through the sense of touch.
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. The Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar 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 apertures. The reverse side shows the movement and rotor in the form of an airplane. Thanks to power from two barrels, the IWC-manufactured 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.
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.