In September last year, IWC Schaffhausen launched a new pilot automatic watch “Lawrence Sports Charity Foundation” special edition in order to support its partner Lawrence Sports Charity Foundation. The 15th special edition watch, but the highlight of the watch is not only in the cooperation with Lawrence, this watch is also the first time to use a blue ceramic case, which is another time for IWC on colored ceramics after sand-colored ceramics Innovative applications. The Watch House also photographed the watch some time ago, and today I will introduce it to you in detail through the real shot.
In 2000, Richemont Group and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, the German car manufacturer, jointly established the Lawrence Sports Charity Foundation. In 2005, IWC officially became the global partner of the foundation. The foundation works to create better prospects for disadvantaged children and youth through the cohesion of sport. Since 2006, IWC has launched a special edition watch every year to support Lawrence. In addition to the use of the iconic Lawrence blue dial, each watch will be engraved with a special pattern on the caseback, which also comes from the winning works of the children’s and youth drawing competition organized by IWC. In fact, the special edition of Lawrence launched every year attracts a lot of attention. Lawrence is not limited to a single series of watches. So far, the 15 models cover almost all styles of IWC, such as engineers in 2015, and Porto in 2016. The moon phase, the 17-year-old Da Vinci, the 18-year Mark XVIII, the 19-year marine timepiece, and the 20-year-old single-button Portuguese watch have left a deep impression on watch friends.
Speaking of watches, IWC used blue ceramics for the first time to create a case with a diameter of 41 mm and a thickness of 11.4 mm. The ceramic is both scratch-resistant and lightweight. This blue ceramic is made by IWC by mixing powdered zirconia with other metal oxides, and after shaping, it is sent to a furnace for high temperature firing, and finally formed. For colored ceramics, the most important thing to look at is the color uniformity of the shell. It can be seen from the real object that the material master of IWC can’t be beaten, and the matte blue is uniform and pure.
When I introduced the Blue Angels to you before, I also said that although Lawrence and the Blue Angels are both blue ceramics, the visual effects of the two of them will make me feel slightly different. The Lawrence matte is darker and highlights the texture. A little more distinct.
The IWC logo is engraved on the top of the crown on the side of the watch. Thanks to the upgrade of the case structure, the waterproof performance of the watch has also been improved to 100 meters.
As a pilot’s watch, IWC combines the iconic Lawrence blue dial with the classic cockpit instrument design style, and uses large hands combined with Arabic numerals and triangular hour markers to indicate the time, which is easy to read. At 3 o’clock, there is a date display window with black characters on a white background, the tail of the central second hand is marked in red, and the hour and minute hands and the important four o’clock hour markers are coated with a luminous coating, so that the time can be read at night.
After admiring the front, let’s flip the watch. The case back of the watch is engraved with the winning work of the Lawrence painting competition, titled “Peaceful Life”, by 12-year-old Melissa Mejía Castilla from Colombia. The watch is equipped with an IWC-manufactured 32111 movement, which is not only accurate in travel time, but also provides 120 hours of dynamic storage for up to 5 days after the improvement of the barrel. The soft iron inner case also provides anti-magnetic capability for the movement.
Comes with a blue rubber strap with blue fabric insert. The top of the pin buckle is engraved with IWC.
Summary: The price of this new IWC pilot automatic watch “Lawrence Sports Charity Foundation” special edition, the domestic price is 54,000 yuan, compared to the stainless steel bracelet or black ceramic Mark 18 and pilot automatic wristwatch In terms of the watch, it is basically 10,000 more expensive, but the firing difficulty and craftsmanship level of blue ceramics are quite high, and the internal performance has also been upgraded. In appearance, IWC used a blue ceramic case for the first time, combined with the Lawrence blue plate, the physical effect is quite unique, and the whole body blue also adds vitality and sports style to this pilot watch. Looking at the performance, the five-day chain, anti-magnetic, and 100 meters waterproof, all meet the rigid needs of this price sports watch, and the ultra-long dynamic storage and anti-magnetic also make the watch more practical. However, although the ceramic watch is light in daily wear and can provide a good wearing experience, it still needs a little care. The watch is limited to 750 pieces. Lawrence’s IWC, including the Blue Angel introduced earlier, is worthy of more attention from watch friends. If you like it, you might as well go to the local store and experience the texture of blue ceramics for yourself.