A watch that celebrates special athletes

Da Vinci Chronograph Edition ‘Laureus Sports For Good Foundation’. photos courtesy of IWC Schaffhausen

A charitable timepiece from IWC Schaffhausen’s latest collection, Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good Foundation”, features a smiling skier wearing glasses on its case back.

The engraving is taken from a self-portrait of 12-year-old Hou Ye, who won an annual children’s drawing competition organised by the Swiss watchmaker to support the works of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in helping disadvantaged children and adolescents.

Despite a mental handicap and limited motor abilities, Ye began skiing at the age of eight and has competed in the Special Olympics for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

This year’s theme for the drawing competition, “Time Well Spent”, had the Shanghainese boy drawing himself holding up ski poles, with the arrows surrounding him symbolising his lack of fear in gliding across the snow.

Hou Ye’s drawing is engraved on the case back. photo:

Allowing the timing of his skiing, the stainless-steel chronograph has two subdials, one showing elapsed minutes and hours for reading stopped times as if on an analogue watch, while a central chronograph hand shows seconds. Pressing the push-button stops timing, the flyback function resets and restarts the chronograph instantaneously.

The in-house 89361 chronograph calibre has a 68-hour power reserve and draws its energy via the automatic IWC double-pawl winding system, which has four pawls to transmit energy to the pawl wheel.

With a bold blue face, the 42mm Da Vinci Chronograph is the 11th in a series that began in 2006, with a part of the proceeds from the sale of special timepieces goes directly to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.