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IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN | BIG PILOT, REF IW500923 single piece 5N gold wristwatch with date, power reserve and special engraving, was worn by Bradley Cooper at the 91st Academy Awards®

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

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IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN | BIG PILOT, REF IW500923 single piece 5N gold wristwatch with date, power reserve and special engraving, was worn by Bradley Cooper at the 91st Academy Awards®

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN | BIG PILOT, REF IW500923 single piece 5N gold wristwatch with date, power reserve and special engraving, was worn by Bradley Cooper at the 91st Academy Awards®

Estimate:

20,000

to
- 30,000 USD

Lot sold:

75,000

USD

BIG PILOT, REF IW500923

SINGLE PIECE 5N GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, POWER RESERVE AND SPECIAL ENGRAVING,

Was worn by Bradley Cooper at the 91st Academy Awards®

 

Dial: blue

Calibre: cal. 51111, automatic

Case: 18k 5N gold, screw-down back

Case number: 6’177’770

Closure: 18k 5N gold IWC folding clasp

Dimensions: diameter 46.2mm 

Signed: case, dial and movement

Power reserve: 168 hours (7 days)

Water-resistance: 6 bar (~60 metres)

Accessories: IWC guarantee, booklets and presentation case as well as a personal letter from Bradley Cooper to the new owner will accompany the watch.

The watch is delivered directly from the manufacturer and was worn only for a few hours, notably by Bradley Cooper at the 91st Academy Awards®. It is therefore in new condition and bears no signs of wear to the case or dial. The watch is under warranty by the manufacturer for 24 months from the date of purchase.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).

The Big Pilot’s Watch Single Piece with a special engraving was worn by Bradley Cooper while attending and performing at the 91st Academy Awards® ceremony on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The renowned actor was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie won the Oscar® for Best Original Song for its acclaimed hit “Shallow”, shortly after Cooper performed the song onstage. Bradley Cooper has been an ambassador for IWC Schaffhausen since 2018.


The Big Pilot's Watch is one of IWC's most iconic timepieces. The history of Pilot's Watches harkens back to the early days of aviation when pilots needed reliable instruments to carry out celestial navigation in the cockpit. The iconic instrument design is a reminder of that era. The case, case back, and conical crown of this special watch are made from 18-carat 5N gold. Inside the case, a soft-iron inner case protects the IWC-manufactured 51111 calibre movement against magnetic fields. Within no time at all, the spring-mounted rotor and Pellaton pawl-winding system build up a power reserve of seven days. A display at "3 o'clock" provides an indication of the time remaining until the movement comes to a stop. The watch also has a date display at "6 o'clock" and a central seconds hand.

 

The highlight of this exclusive timepiece, however, can be found on the case back, which has an engraving of an iconic quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's famous novel "The Little Prince" — "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly." It builds a bridge to a good cause that is supported by this auction: IWC will donate its full proceeds to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, which will use the funds to support the association Arrimage in Nice, France. This association was established by Dr Claude Garandes, a blind French artist, teacher and publisher. One of its major projects focuses on teaching visually-impaired children how to read drawings in two-dimensional relief through the sense of touch.

 

For this project, the association uses the first-ever tactile art book of embossed illustrations of "The Little Prince," accompanied by descriptions in Braille in both French and English. The book was created by Claude Garrandes Editions with the support of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. Thanks to unique teaching tools created by Arrimage, blind and low-vision children also have the opportunity to learn how to draw themselves. Arrimage regularly organises workshops for visually-impaired children and adolescents. The next ones are scheduled to take place in March 2019 in Asia (Bangkok and Hong Kong). By placing a bid for this exclusive timepiece, you may be the one to make this happen.