Christopher Grainger-Herr enjoyed one of the great perks of becoming CEO of IWC Schaffhausen this week when he joined the most successful sportsmen and women from around the globe at the annual Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, which the replica iwc portuguese automatic watches brand sponsors.
Mr Grainger-Herr was appointed CEO in November last year, and took over duties from George Kern at the prestigious event.
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He unveiled a limited edition IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” timepiece at the event.
The quality iwc watch has a limited production of 1500 pieces, with some of the proceeds from sales used to support the foundations sports projects for children and adolescents.
This year’s design – the 11th produced since IWC began supporting the foundation, has a blue dial and back engraving dedicated to the foundation.
The Laureus foundation organises the Laureus World Sports Awards to honour the most successful athletes and raise awareness of its projects.
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Three former sports stars were accepted into this elite club of just 61 ambassadors: Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara, Dutch footballer Ruud Gullit and Scottish track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.
As sendoffs go, it could hardly have been more respectful, indeed obsequious, at IWC’s starry party at the SIHH best replica watches show in Geneva Tuesday night. Rather than reprising last year’s sarcasm and irony, compere Rob Brydon – the British comedian amazingly re-engaged – adopted an altogether more cringing tone for brand boss Georges Kern’s swansong.
At an evening highlighting IWC’s new Da Vinci range of women’s fake watches, Brydon dutifully picked out the particularly big Hollywood contingent – a group assiduously courted by Kern as brand ambassadors and friends during his 15 years as IWC chief executive officer. “Westworld” star James Marsden was joined by newer faces such as Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek” fame. And although stalwarts Kevin Spacey and Cate Blanchett could not attend due to film and stage commitments, surprise guests included Britain’s Vanessa Redgrave and France’s Isabelle Huppert, freshly back from last week’s Golden Globe win in L.A.
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Sport was as evident as ever, with archrival Formula 1 motor racing champions Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton rubbing shoulders, and almost an entire team’s worth of top European soccer stars and managers. Top models Adriana Lima and Karolina Kurakova were also prominently in attendance.
For “Orange is the New Black” star Taylor Schilling – a new copy iwc friend attending for the first time – it all seemed a bit forbidding. But sporting a shiny new Da Vinci on her wrist, she said she looked forward to learning more about watches.
The evening’s typically elusive theme involved an augmented reality show called “Decoding the Beauty of Time” that required all 900-plus guests to traipse from dinner table to adjoining makeshift theater. As usual, few, if any, understood the plot, but all enjoyed two thumping numbers from rising Danish electropop star Mø.
Then again, comprehension was probably not the priority at what was clearly Kern’s night. Introducing his successor, Christoph Grainger, the outgoing IWC boss – now promoted to overseeing all parent company Compagnie Financiere Richemont’s watch brands – assured journalists the show would go on, with another lavish party already being planned for next year.
The buzzword is ‘pivot’. And at this year’s first major watch fair, SIHH in Geneva in January, iwc watches ‘pivoted’ in a big way with just about everything they did. The booth was fitted out to emulate a vast Florentine dome, the watches were Engineered for Women and, rather than safe sport-watch territory, the controls were very much set to ‘dress’. And in this single, boldly different territory, they did impress. These are the four counterfeit iwc watches that Felix and I couldn’t get out of our heads, now with extra-smoking fire effects and dance moves. Prepare yourself for DaVinci (and some dramatic Felix voiceover effects)…
BIG-SIZED CASES. Oversized cases aren’t going anywhere soon, as shown by this year’s finest examples
Replica IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55
This giant pilot watch from replica iwc watches is meant to do one thing, and it does it extremely well: Leave a lasting first impression. It has everything that made the original vintage design from the 1940s such a hit, from the legibility to a crown that’s easily operated even when one is wearing gloves. Additions like a pair of rivets on the thick calfskin strap and the triangle with two dots at 12 o’clock are the icing on the cake, although they actually play an important role for a real pilot. It is not for everyone, obviously; but since this is the largest pilot watch from the Schaffhausen-based house today and is limited to 100 units, it is a definite IWC collector’s piece.
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Case size: 55mm
Case material: Titanium
Movement: 98300, manual
Power reserve: 46 hours
Limited edition: 100 pieces
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