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IWC auctions Big Pilot's watch, inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Jakarta  /  Wed, November 14, 2018  /  06:30 pm
IWC auctions Big Pilot's watch, inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Sotheby’s auction of the Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition "Antoine de Saint-Exupéry" from IWC Schaffhausen on Nov. 13 in Geneva, Switzerland. (IWC Schaffhausen/File)

Art dealer Sotheby’s auctioned a unique piece from Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen on Nov. 13 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The piece is the Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry”, which has a case made of 18-carat white gold. The shape of its rotor was inspired by the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, the type of plane Saint-Exupéry piloted on his last flight. It was auctioned for 30,000 Swiss francs (US$29,710).

The Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Edition The Big Pilot's Watch Annual Calendar Edition "Antoine de Saint Exupéry". (IWC Schaffhausen/File)

The auction was held to support the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation (FASEJ), an organization named after French writer, poet and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was founded in Paris, France, in June 2009 to promote education, art, culture, sports and health for young people worldwide.

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The proceeds will be donated to help FASEJ support the Arrimage Association, which allows visually impaired children to access Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s original “The Little Prince” illustrations by teaching them how to read drawings through the sense of touch.

“We are really pleased that we can contribute to supporting the important work of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation,” IWC Schaffhausen CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr said. (iru/wng)

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