For over two decades the Laureus Sport for Good has been a global organization that believes in the power of sport to empower and transform the lives of children and young people. Since it was founded in 2000 by Richemont and Daimler (who represent the brands IWC Schaffhausen and Mercedes-Benz) this event has helped more than six million children and young kids by supporting over 250 sport programs in over 50 countries. Let’s take a look at their latest limited edition watch engraved with the winner of this year's drawing competition.The round stainless-steel case comes in a 39mm diameter with a 12.7mm thickness. Mounted to the case is a highly polished steel bezel that matches up perfectly with the other case parts to preserve a very shiny mirror-like look.On the flip-side is a solid screw-on stainless-steel caseback with exposed screws. But most importantly the center portion is engraved with the winning entry from IWC’s drawing competition. This years winner is a drawing depicting hands united together as equal, created by 15 year-old Jatin Malhan from India.It comes equipped with traditional mushroom-shaped pushers to operate the chronograph functions. The setting-crown embossed with the IWC logo and machined lines running along the width for an enhanced grip. All topped by a convex sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance reaching up to 30 meters (98 feet).Time is exhibited on a blue dial with steel applied hour index markers, while circling around the flange is a ring of minutes/seconds with Arabic numerals for every 5-minute increment.This release follows the recent introduction of these new smaller 39mm Portofino options. Due to the reduced canvas size compared to the 42mm models, this is a simplified variation without a day-date window or a 9 o’clock sub-dial. Instead these 39mm models only have a two-register chronograph display with snailed sub-dials: a sub-seconds at 6 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock. A partial part of the Roman numerals can be seen cut-off by these counters at the 6 and 12 o’clock spots.
IWC Portofino Chronograph 39 Edition “Laureus Sport For Good”
The IWC Portofino Chronograph 39 Edition “Laureus Sport For Good” (Ref#: IW391408) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 79350 with 31 jewels and 28,800 vph. It is based on the Valjoux 7750 movement, but has been extensively modified and only preserved a small portion of the standard 7750 parts. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 44 hours, when fully wound.Mounted on the watch is a black calfskin strap with tone-on-tone stitchings in either black, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel buckle. This is a limited edition of 1,000 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official IWC Schaffhausen website here.