Sotheby's to sell IWC Schaffhausen 'Little Prince' timepiece
Sotheby's has announced it will offer a unique 'Little Prince' timepiece by Swiss manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen in Geneva next month.
The watch has been created in honour of French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, writer of the classic novella The Little Prince, and will be sold to raise funds for charity in Geneva.
“It is a pleasure to offer this specially-designed IWC timepiece as part of our November 10th auction in Geneva," said Tim Bourne, Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Watches. "The watch combines a wonderfully striking design with technical workmanship of the highest order. We are delighted to once again join forces with IWC Schaffhausen in support of work of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a renowned French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. Having flown as a commercial pilot prior to WWII, he then served in the French Air Force and later travelled to America, to convince authorities to enter the war against the Nazis.
During his time in the U.S he wrote some of his most important works, most notably The Little Prince – the tale of a pilot who meets a young prince, fallen to Earth from space, whose adventures are used to make observations about human nature.
Saint-Exupéry departed the US in 1943 to fly with the Free French Air Force, and is believed to have been killed when his plane disappeared over Africa in July 1944. The Little Prince was published posthumously in his native France, and today he is viewed as a national hero.
The book is the third-most translated work in the history of literature, available in more than 250 languages and dialects, and has sold over 140 million copies worldwide.
The timepiece to be offered at Sotheby's is a Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition 'Le Petit Prince', with design aspects mirroring the journey of the Prince himself, and all the features of a flying watch to celebrate the author's past as an aviator.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, a charity which provides education and training for disadvantaged young people around the world.
The Sotheby’s Important Watches sale takes place in Geneva on November 10.
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