Liaising closely with Sotheby’s auction house, IWC has already put several exclusive timepieces under the hammer for the benefit of the Fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The proceeds go towards the funding of various school and educational projects.
In 2013, for example, a Big Pilot’s Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” brought the princely sum of 173,000 Swiss francs. The foundation used the money to open two school buildings with an integrated library in Cambodia and also financed mobile libraries that pay regular visits to outlying villages.
In 2014, the proceeds from another auction were used to establish a library in a Brazilian children’s hospital complete with books, computers and e-books. IWC brand ambassador Adriana Lima inaugurated the library.
In 2015, support went to the Hospitality and Catering Training Centre (HCTC) in Mae Sot in northwestern Thailand. This educational institute focuses on the advancement of young people from the Karen, an ethnic group in South East Asia who are often poorly integrated into the rest of society.
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