IWC Pilot's Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupery Finds a New Owner

Jan 11, 2008
Following enthusiastic bidding, the exclusive IWC Pilot's Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupery crafted in platinum has been acquired by a Hong Kong bidder who offered the highest bid of 57,500 US dollars.

The proceeds from the auction have been donated by the watchmaking company to the Tuareg school 'Ecole des Sables - Antoine de Saint Exupery'. The institution will use the proceeds to provide the Tuareg children in Mali with a school education.

The final part of the IWC Online Benefit Auction aroused feverish excitement among watch aficionados from all over the world. The minimum offer was high - those who wanted to enter the bidding and rival for two sought-after rarities had to beat 30,000 US dollars.

No wonder, the exclusive IWC watch was a great temptation for lovers of fine watchmaking. The IWC Pilot's Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupery represents a unique much-coveted platinum watch. The virtual auction desk offered the timepiece together with an original of the debut novel 'Courrier Sud' ('Southern Mail') by Antoine de Saint Exupery. The book features a handwritten dedication left by the author.

Watch aficionados and enthusiasts of Antoine de Saint Exupery were keeping their eyes on the auction's development on the IWC official site between 12 and 19 December 2007. Watch aficionados bid for the two exclusive items paying tribute to the famous French writer and aviator. Two minutes before the end of the auction, a bid from Hong Kong won the bidding.

The nomadic children in Mali attend the desert boarding school "Ecole de Sables - Antoine de Saint Exupery" eight months a year. The school is supported by IWC Schaffhausen. It is located on the edge of the Sahara Desert, where there is neither electricity no telephone. 65 children in five classes receive education in a dilapidated building, in the official language, French.

The financial support provided by IWC Schaffhausen will be used for building a simple school with a purpose-built facility to accommodate 120 pupils. With enough funds, the roof of the building will be fitted with solar panels to supply the school with electricity. The Ecole de Sables prepares nomadic children for life outside the desert. The company is proud to support the good work performed for the children.


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