At the 2022 Laureus Charity Night in Zurich, Switzerland, IWC Schaffhausen and Valentino Rossi – a nine-time Grand PrixTM motorcycling World Champion – team up to donate his personal IWC Big Pilot’s Watch in Ceratanium to the auction. The winning bidder will be invited to attend an exclusive experience at the Italian former professional motorcycle road racer’s famous VR46 Motor Ranch in Tavullia. All proceeds from the auction – which will take place in Zurich on 5th November – will go to the Laureus Foundation Switzerland to support its various programs for children and young people.
During his 26-year career, Valentino Rossi won a record-breaking nine World Championships and claimed 235 podiums and 115 race wins. In 2022, the 43-year-old switched to the GT World Challenge Europe, starting a new chapter on four wheels. At the Laureus World Sports Awards 2022 in Seville, he accepted the Laureus Sporting Icon Award. At the occasion of Laureus Charity Night in Zurich, Rossi will also officially join the IWC family.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW503604) is fitted with IWC’s legendary perpetual calendar. It features a case and bracelet made of Ceratanium®, an IWC-developed performance material that is as light and tough as titanium and almost equally as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic.
The Laureus Charity Night will also feature a silent auction of one of the most complex watches ever made by IWC Schaffhausen: the Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound (Ref. IW546305). The timepiece was donated by a collector and long-time friend of the Laureus Foundation Switzerland. The owner wished all proceeds from the watch’s auction to go to the Foundation’s programs focusing on young women.
The Portugieser model features a 43.2-millimeter case made of solid 18-carat 5N gold and a distinctive blue dial with a flying minute tourbillon at 9 o’clock. The balance wheel, pallet and escape wheel are placed in a tiny cage that rotates around its axis, helping to minimize the effects of gravity on the oscillating system. The tourbillon is held from one side, offering a better view of the delicate mechanism, which includes 56 parts and weighs only 0.635 grams.
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