Pilot, journalist and writer, Saint-Exupéry is a legend in him alone. His death July 31, 1944, a plane of recognition which is provided in the Mediterranean, created a part of the aura that still today the pilot-Aviator. Antoine Saint-Exupery, but also and especially the author of the book the little Prince.
IWC has decided to pay a heartfelt tribute to the writer by performing a shows the little Prince. This watchmaker of Schaffhausen has joined forces with Sothedy’s-the more prestigious House of auction of the world-and the Foundation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry for youth.
Shows a real flier for Saint-Exupéry
Few watchmakers-with the exception of Breitling-are as much related to aviation and IWC. This tribute to the little Prince timepiece features a gold case equipped with a mechanical self-winding Pellaton. 51613 Calibre movement. The latter offers the timepiece a phase of moon, a perpetual calendar and especially a reserve of 7 days.
The night-blue dial is very readable despite the number of information that it displays. Four counters can display all the essential information. The phase of the Moon at noon is beautiful with, on the Moon, The little Prince standing – hair and scarf in the wind – on the moon. At 9 o’clock, the date and seconds are displayed in the same meter. There 3 hours the day of the week and the date of the day. 6 hours is displayed month, and between 7 and 8 hours a window indicates the year.
On the back of the watch is engraved the inscription ‘One Piece’ on the rotor, as jibin123 indicates. Always on the same rotor, is a Medallion in 18 karat gold with an engraving of the little Prince (like on the Moon the moon phase) with her scarf and his hair in the wind, standing on a small planet.
The set is beautiful with a great view of the mechanics of this movement and a dial really very beautiful.The watch is also accompanied by an limited edition of the first printed copy of the little Prince in English and a facsimile of the original manuscript in french, a tribute more to Antoine de Saint Exupéry.
A beautiful tribute to the little Prince for a good cause
Presented October 3 this year, or 70 years after first publication in New York of the book the little Prince, this watch so was sold on 12 November 2013 at Geneva during the auction. She went to the great sum of 140000 euros, which is not bad at all for a piece like this. The goal was to sell this unique piece to return the funds to the Foundation. The latter will take the opportunity to build a school with a library in Cambodia.
For the Director of the Foundation of Saint-Exupéry, this support is welcome, because it allows the Foundation to continue its charitable works. Therefore hoped that the watch will leave for the highest price to enable more effective as possible against illiteracy.