IWC Ingenieur for Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (2011 Edition)

Beautiful blue IWC Ingenieur

For the fifth time, Schaffhausen-based IWC introduces a watch to benefit the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.   The first “IWC for Laureus” watch I wrote about was the IWC Portuguese Automatic for Laureus (the 2009/2010 model), but prior to this there was the the Portuguese Chronograph Automatic in 2006, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Automatic in 2007, and the Da Vinci Chronograph in 2008.   This year’s model is inspired from IWC’s Ingenieur Automatic of 1955.  Crafted in a stainless steel case, powered by the IWC-manufactured 80111 calibre, the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Laureus Sport For Good Foundation Edition is most remarkable for its robust blue dial.  Limited to 1,000 watches, the caseback of the watch features the winning design of the children’s drawing competition that IWC uses to also support the cause.

IWC Ingenieur for Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (2011 Edition)

This year, the jury chose the illustration by 8 year-old Sohel Abrar Khan from Mumbai, who is part of the Laureus supported Magic Bus project.  The young boy interpreted the theme of the competition, “Time for Unity”, with a picture showing seven young people who have gathered for a game of football.   Magic Bus, supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, provides an outdoor education for children living in poverty throughout India, including children from the Bombay Port Trust slum in Mumbai – one of the world’s poorest.  The image depicts his idea of how to create unity in the slums.

Did You Know?

Magic Bus is an outdoor education programme that uses sport to reach out to children. From the age of 7 to 18, children engage in weekly two hour sessions, day trips and outdoor activity camps. A tailor-made curriculum takes them on a journey of self-discovery throughout their childhood, with young leaders from their own communities making them aware of their unique abilities and the world around them. This awareness turns into a belief among the children that they have value and can make a difference, which provides them with purpose in life.

Magic Bus currently works with 150,000 children per year living in poverty. In the next three years it aims to expand across India, by training young leaders to deliver its programme, reaching out to one million children and young people each year. For more information