IWC Schaffhausen and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation visited Cyprus to celebrate with Cypriot student Eleni Partakki, the winner of last year’s IWC children’s drawing competition. Her drawing showing girls and boys playing ball together is engraved on the case back of the Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”.
Tamika Catchings, US sports legend and one of the greatest players in WNBA history, and Eleni Partakki joined forces on the basketball court in order to celebrate Eleni’s win in last year’s IWC drawing contest, themed “Time for Sport”. “Honestly, I never thought my drawing would win. I believed that people wouldn’t understand the message behind the drawing and how much it means to me. Sport can play a big part in bringing us all together in Cyprus. I was so excited to meet Tamika and listen to her talking about her success stories and her challenges. She was so inspiring”, Eleni explained.
“Many children and teenagers growing up in Cyprus are suffering because of the division of the island. The drawing by Eleni Partakki beautifully captures how sports can build positive relationships and overcome generations of mistrust. The project in which Eleni takes part epitomizes the core values of the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, and these values are also at the foundation of IWC’s ongoing commitment to improving society”, said Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
Eleni is a participant in PeacePlayers International, a Laureus-supported project which encourages Greek- Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot boys and girls to play basketball together. She won the drawing competition IWC organizes each year for children and adolescents in the context of the foundation’s projects. An expert jury reviews all entries and selects the winner.
Eleni’s drawing shows girls and boys playing with a ball and is engraved on the case back of the Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation”, which is limited to 1500 pieces worldwide. The timepiece marks the tenth special edition IWC has launched as part of its commitment for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The engraving on the case back is a reminder that a portion of the proceeds from sales helps to support the foundation’s various social projects. IWC has been a Global Partner of Laureus Sport for Good since 2005.
LAUREUS SPORT FOR GOOD
Laureus Sport for Good channels the power of sport to bring about positive social change. It’s primary focus here is on fostering the personal development of children and adolescents and promoting the integration of young people who are disadvantaged for social, economic or other reasons. Not only is sport the perfect tool for imparting self-confi dence, self-esteem and social skills, but it also helps young people to stay healthy. In this way, Laureus Sport for Good is helping to sustainably ensure a positive life for the next generation. The foundation sponsors four social sports projects in Switzerland. With more than 100 projects worldwide, Laureus Sports for Goods helps countless young people in 36 countries to prepare themselves for the challenges life has to offer them.
Since 2006, IWC Schaffhausen has been supporting the foundation on an annual basis by launching a special watch in aid of the cause. “Our cooperation with Laureus forms one of the cornerstones of our commitment to social responsibility. The foundation, and its ambassadors from the world of professional sport, are tirelessly and passionately dedicated to improving society. I am proud that we have been able to support this important and necessary work for the tenth year running with a special edition”, summarizes Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
AN EXTRAORDINAIRY WATCH
This year, the timepiece of choice is a model from the Portofino family. The Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” (Ref. IW459006) is limited to 1,500 watches worldwide. The dial and the moon phase display feature the unmistakable Laureusblue, lending the timepiece an extraordinary plasticity and depth. The hour indices are complemented by 12 diamonds, which combine with the blue alligator leatherstrap from Santoni to give the timepiece a very elegant overall look. With a case measuring 37 millimetres in diameter, this watch is also suitable for watch lovers with slender wrists. It is driven by the automatic 35800-calibre movement with a power reserve of 42 hours.
In addition to their distinctive blue colour, another characteristic feature of the Laureus special editions is the engraving on the case back. Each year, IWC organizes a drawing competition for children and adolescents in the context of the foundation’s projects. An expert jury then reviews all the entries to select the winning design to be engraved on the back of the watch. For the tenth special edition in this series, the jury chose the drawing by 16-year-old Eleni Partakkifrom Cyprus. Her drawing on the competition theme “Time for Sport” shows girls and boys playingwith a ball. Eleni Partakki is a participant of PeacePlayers International Cyprus (PPI), a project that actively encourages Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot boys and girls living in the divided Cyprus to play basketball together.