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  • "I think it's to do with functionality. I like a mechanical watch in order to understand the design and engineering behind it. You know you're looking for something which somehow, for some amazing reason, maybe not known at the time of its launch, has become a classic. And I'm more for finding that experience, and being part of that, than looking for the latest and greatest."  
    — David Coulthard, IWC Racing Team Launch, 2018

    Manufacturer: IWC

    Year: Circa 2016

    Reference No: IW500916

    Case No: 6’069’408

    Model Name: Big Pilot Watch Edition, Le Petit Prince

    Material: Stainless steel

    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 51111, 42 jewels

    Bracelet/Strap: Leather

    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel IWC deployant clasp

    Dimensions: 46.2mm Diameter

    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

    Accessories: Accompanied by IWC leather watch pouch, and additional leather strap

     

    Catalogue Essay

     

    IWC’s Big Pilot collection, first released in 2002, was inspired by the World War II pilot’s watch named “Beobachtungsuhren”or “Observation”, with an oversized case permitting the use of large dials for high legibility, and a large crown for ease of setting the hacking (or stop-seconds) mechanism. The present Le Petit Prince model was introduced in 2016 featuring a midnight blue dial, and a return to a more vintage-style dial layout. Featuring a luminescent triangle at 12 o’clock with two dots on either side, the design was intended to allow a pilot to immediately orient the watch in any position.

     

    Similar to other IWC pilot’s watches, the model pays homage to Antoine de Saint-Exupery and his legendary book “Le Petit Prince”. The caseback is engraved with the little prince in his coat and with his sword.

     

    David Marshall Coulthard—nicknamed DC—joined the Williams Formula One team as a test driver in 1993, and after competing in eight grands prix for the team in the 1994 season, he became a full-time F1 driver the following year. In 1995 he won the Portuguese Grand Prix and finished third in the championship. In 2005, Mr. Coulthard moved to the newly formed Red Bull Racing team. By the time he retired from Formula One in 2008, he had notched up 535 points, making him the highest scoring British driver of all time.

     

    The connection between racing cars and watches seems natural: it’s all about time and precision. For racing legend David Coulthard, it has more to do with functionality, describing his wristwatches “timeless works of engineering art.”

     

    "I think it's to do with functionality. I like a mechanical watch in order to understand the design and engineering behind it. You know you're looking for something which somehow, for some amazing reason, maybe not known at the time of its launch, has become a classic. And I'm more for finding that experience, and being part of that, than looking for the latest and greatest." 
    - David Coulthard, IWC Racing Team Launch, 2018

     

    The present watch is in excellent overall condition and was generously donated by Mr. Coulthard, and is being sold to benefit the missions of One Drop and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

     

    The buyer of this lot may be eligible to receive a charitable tax deduction for their purchase. Please see section 10 of this Auction’s Conditions of Sale.

     

     

  • The objectives supported by TIME COUNTS

     

    Tackling global water issues and improving the living conditions of some of the most vulnerable populations around the world.
    Tackling global water issues and improving the living conditions of some of the most vulnerable populations around the world.

    In the wake of COVID-19, there’s never been more pressure on the global community to address water issues. Handwashing being one of the most important behaviors to decrease the propagation of all kinds of viruses, it goes without saying that safe water needs to be accessible. Unfortunately, over 2.2 billion people lack access to safe water at home.

     
    All net proceeds from the TIME COUNTS charitable initiative will go to improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable populations around the world by providing sustainable access to safe water and encouraging the adoption of healthy hygiene behaviors.  


    TIME COUNTS will also enable One Drop and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation to fund a large-scale program resulting from a joint call for proposals launched earlier this year by both foundations. Applicant organizations have submitted projects to improve resilience and ensure sustainable and equitable access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services for communities in need, with particular emphasis placed on issues affecting extremely poor and marginalized populations. The final selection will be announced in early 2021.  


    Together, let’s make the world a more sustainable place for all.


    Phillips will remit to One Drop and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation the next proceeds from the Buyer’s premium.

  • One Drop and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation join forces for a vital cause.

     

    The One Drop Foundation

     

     

    One Drop is an international foundation created by Cirque du Soleil and Lune Rouge founder Guy Laliberté, with the vision of a better world where all have access to living conditions that allow empowerment and development. Its mission is to ensure sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for the most vulnerable communities through innovative partnerships, creativity and the power of art. Together with its partners, One Drop brings its unique Social Art for Behaviour Change™ approach to promote the adoption of healthy practices around water, sanitation and hygiene through locally inspired social art programs, empowering the communities to take ownership of the water projects over time. For this to be possible, One Drop creates novel fundraising initiatives supported by a visionary community of partners and donors. One Drop counts over 12 years of turning water into action with projects that will soon have transformed the lives of over 2.1 million people around the world.


    ONEDROP.ORG

     

    with copyright Photo credit: Terry Hughes
    Photo credit: Terry Hughes
  • The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

     

    Inspired by his own observations and in the light of the alarming scientific evidence, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco made a personal commitment by launching, in 2006, his Foundation to act against the environmental dangers threatening our planet and making populations vulnerable. The Foundation focuses its efforts on three principal domains of action: climate change, biodiversity and water resources, and funds initiatives in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially aware practices. In order to take action for the protection of nature, the Foundation supports projects in three main geographical regions: the Mediterranean Basin, the Polar Regions and the Least Developed Countries.


    www.fpa2.org

    • Catalogue Essay

      IWC’s Big Pilot collection, first released in 2002, was inspired by the World War II pilot’s watch named “Beobachtungsuhren”or “Observation”, with an oversized case permitting the use of large dials for high legibility, and a large crown for ease of setting the hacking (or stop-seconds) mechanism. The present Le Petit Prince model was introduced in 2016 featuring a midnight blue dial, and a return to a more vintage-style dial layout. Featuring a luminescent triangle at 12 o’clock with two dots on either side, the design was intended to allow a pilot to immediately orient the watch in any position.

      Similar to other IWC pilot’s watches, the model pays homage to Antoine de Saint-Exupery and his legendary book “Le Petit Prince”. The caseback is engraved with the little prince in his coat and with his sword.

      David Marshall Coulthard—nicknamed DC—joined the Williams Formula One team as a test driver in 1993, and after competing in eight grands prix for the team in the 1994 season, he became a full-time F1 driver the following year. In 1995 he won the Portuguese Grand Prix and finished third in the championship. In 2005, Mr. Coulthard moved to the newly formed Red Bull Racing team. By the time he retired from Formula One in 2008, he had notched up 535 points, making him the highest scoring British driver of all time.

      The connection between racing cars and watches seems natural: it’s all about time and precision. For racing legend David Coulthard, it has more to do with functionality, describing his wristwatches “timeless works of engineering art.”

      "I think it's to do with functionality. I like a mechanical watch in order to understand the design and engineering behind it. You know you're looking for something which somehow, for some amazing reason, maybe not known at the time of its launch, has become a classic. And I'm more for finding that experience, and being part of that, than looking for the latest and greatest." 
      - David Coulthard, IWC Racing Team Launch, 2018

      The present watch is in excellent overall condition and was generously donated by Mr. Coulthard, and is being sold to benefit the missions of One Drop and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

    • Artist Biography

      IWC

      Swiss • 1868

      With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. IW500916
A fine and attractive oversized stainless steel wristwatch with center hacking seconds, power reserve, and date, donated by David Coulthard to benefit the missions of One Drop and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

Circa 2016
46.2mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
$6,000 - 12,000 
CHF5,400-10,900
€5,100-10,200
HK$46,500-93,100

Sold for $20,160

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New York Auction 12 December 2020