Can sport build bridges? Some people think so. One of them is South African Johann Rupert, chairman of the Richemont Group. In the 1970s, Rupert, who was working in New York at the time, was a close friend of a black New York Yankees baseball star, and he saw that he was particularly careful to give signed posters to white children amongst all those who were clamouring for autographs. Asked the reason for this apparent favouritism, he said, “If a white kid has my poster in his bedroom, he can hardly discriminate against the black kid in his class”.
In 1988 Rupert founded the Richemont Group, which soon grew to encompass some of the most important luxury brands in the world, such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Montblanc and others. He also created the organization now named Laureus with the mission of using sport to bridge gaps in society. The first Laureus World Sports Awards took place in 2000, attended by Nelson Mandela, who said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
Today the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is supporting over 150 projects in 34 countries, improving the lives of millions of children.
IWC Schaffhausen and its commitment to Laureus
IWC Schaffhausen, part of the Richemont Group, has been committed to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation since 2005, and this year, at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai, the brand presented the special annual edition Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation,” proceeds of which will help fund projects for children. The back of the watch features an engraving from a drawing by a girl from Uganda, who won the IWC children’s drawing competition.
The watch itself is a lovely, classic three-hander, smart but sporty as well, with excellent anti-magnetic protection that is becoming increasingly important in the modern world. As for all IWC Laureus special editions, it has a blue dial, a robust screw-in crown, and of course the evocative engraved caseback. The result is a robust watch ideal for everyday use. The 30110-calibre automatic movement provides 42 hours power reserve. The case is 40 mm in diameter and 10 mm thick.
Below, the drawing by 13-year-old Nakayenga from Uganda:
Below, the limited-edition Ingenieur Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” by IWC Schaffhausen, 1,500 pieces.