New Release: IWC introduces a black-and-blue special edition Mark XVIII for a good cause

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IWC Schaffhausen presented the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” at the occasion of the 2018 Laureus World Sport Awards in Monaco. The timepiece with a case made of black ceramic, a blue dial and a special engraving on the case back is the 12th special edition launched by IWC as part of its commitment to support Laureus Sport for Good.

The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (Ref. IW324703) has a 41-millimetre case made of black ceramic and is available in a limited edition of 1,500 individually numbered watches. It features the typical blue dial that has become the signature trademark of IWC’s special editions for Laureus. Thanks to the luminescent coating, the black hands can easily be read in the dark. The robust 35111-calibre movement is protected against magnetic fields by a soft-iron inner case, and the glass is secured against sudden drops in air pressure. The embossed black calfskin strap is extremely comfortable to wear.

Like every Laureus special edition, the timepiece features an engraving of the winning entry of the drawing competition that IWC organizes each year within the organization’s supported programmes. The theme for 2017 was “Time to Be Healthy”. The jury selected 11-year-old Ana Claudia’s drawing out of more than 1,000 submissions. Ana participates in a project of Instituto Reação in Brazil.This organization helps to improve the living conditions of Brazilian children and adolescents through education and sport – and particularly relies on judo to convey values such as respect, discipline and determination. A part of the proceeds from sales will be used to support Laureus Sport for Good.

IWC participated in the Laureus Sport for Good Ride starting in Monaco after launching the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (Ref. IW324703). IWC ambassadors Maro Engel, David Coulthard, Carmen Jordá and Laureus Academy Members Chris Hoy and Steve Waugh, journalists and influencers including Linda Mutschlechner and Patrick Seabase and cyclists Nadine Rieder, Sofia Wiedenroth and Morgane Such took part in the ride along the scenic coastline of the French-Italian Riviera. Led by double Olympic champion cyclist Fabian Cancellara and together with IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr, the participants raised funds that were donated to Laureus Sport for Good for every kilometer completed.


In Monaco, British footballer Ryan Giggs and Italy’s Francesco Totti were welcomed into the Laureus World Sports Academy, an exclusive circle of living sports legends. Both received a Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” from IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr. Each year, Laureus organizes the Laureus World Sports Awards to honor the world’s most successful athletes. The winners are crowned by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy. For the second year in a row, the Laureus World Sports Awards have been held in Monaco. Last year, the event returned to where the inaugural Awards Ceremony had taken place in 2000. Numerous sports stars and celebrities appeared at the gala held in the “Salle des Etoiles” at the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

New member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, British footballer Ryan Giggs (L) received the new Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” from IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr which was launched on the occasion of the Laureus World Sport Awards on February 27, 2018 in Monaco, Monaco.


Laureus Sport for Good uses the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage and proves that sport can change the world. Currently, Laureus supports over 100 programmes which are using sport to make social change in around 35 countries. Every programme Laureus supports is addressing at least one of the following six social issues, which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; Health, Education, Women and Girls, Employability, Inclusive Society, Peaceful Society.


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  1. Despite the honorable Charity Idea which I very much appreciate, the presented watch with that obviously too small Sellita base movement (see position of the date window) is nothing special for such a high priced watch. About 3’500 CHF would have been appropriate for this nice looking Mark XVIII. Besides that, it would be nice to know how much of the money of the 5+k goes to good cause.