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IWC & Antoine de Saint-Exupery

2006 IWC released its first Antoine de Saint-Exupéry edition, to celebrate an autobiography “Southern Mail”, written in 1928. This was also the start of a long lasting collaboration between IWC and the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.

Who is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry?

The French writer/pilot was born in 1900 on his family’s estates in Lyon in the south of France. During a summer holiday in 1912 he convinced his mother he could go for his first plane flight. His passion for aviation was born.

1921 Saint-Exupery began his military service as a private soldier with the 2e Régiment de chasseurs à cheval (2nd Regiment of light cavalry) and was sent to Neuhof, near Strasbourg. Here he took private flying lessons and the following year was offered a transfer from the French army to the French air force. He will keep on flying for the rest of his life. When he left de air force he became one of the pioneers of international postal flight. His duties included negotiating the safe release of downed fliers taken hostage by hostile Moors, a perilous task which earned him his first Légion d’honneur from the French Government.

30 December 1935 he survived an aircrash while attempting to break the speed record Paris to Saigon. The crash site is thought to have been in the Sahara Desert close to the Nile Delta. Saint-Exupéry’s classic novella The Little Prince, which begins with a pilot being marooned in the desert, is, in part, a reference to this experience.

It was during his aviation career that he also started writing. At first short novella published in magazines. His first book, Courrier Sud, was published in 1929. In his life he published books, news articles and poets.

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Saint Exupéry wrote an illustrated The Little Prince. It was published in 1943 in both English and French in the United States. In France it would appear posthumously after the liberation of France, as his work had been banned by the collaborationist Vichy Regime. After he died his literary works boosted his stature to national hero status in France.

After being demobilized from the French Air Force, he travelled to the United States to persuade its government to enter the war against Nazi Germany. Following a 27-month hiatus in North America, during which he wrote three of his most important works, he joined the Free French Air Force in North Africa. Although he was far past the maximum age for such pilots and in declining health. He disappeared over the Mediterranean on his last assigned reconnaissance mission in July 1944, and is believed to have died at that time.

The Little Prince is translated into over 250 languages and dialects.

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THE ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY YOUTH FOUNDATION

Under the aegis of the Fondation de France, the Foundationwas created by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s heirs and his admirers from the worlds of aeronautics and literature to promote the great French writer’s humanist philosophy. Liaising closely with companies that share its values and aims, the Foundation works primarily to help disadvantagedyoung people all over the world by encouraging and financing local initiatives designed to provide education and training across a broad spectrum of areas. By instilling a sense of purpose into young people and teaching them to live together as part of their communities, to find fulfilment in work and to access culture through reading and writing, it helps them to become responsible citizens.

In 2006, as part of a joint project between Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen and the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, they were exhibited at a museum in Le Bourget near Paris. This much-lauded exhibition marked the start of a relationship based on mutual trust between Saint-Exupéry’s heirs and IWC that has lasted to this day.

THE ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY YOUTH FOUNDATION AND IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN

Since then, numerous special editions of IWC’s legendary Pilot’s Watches have been sold, with part of the proceeds going to the Foundation and its partner organizations. In addition, a valuable timepiece in platinum is auctioned everyyear with a single goal: to honour the legacy left by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a great humanist, and to give disadvan­taged children access to an education. “Education is key in the struggle to eradicate illiteracy,” explains Olivier d’Agay, great-nephew of Saint-Exupéry and Director of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. “This is why we sponsora wide range of school and educational projects at a local level. Young people develop a new level of self-confidence, just like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He had to put up with countless setbacks until he finally held his pilot’slicence in his hands. His courage, tenacity and passion remain an example to us alle to this day.” George Kern CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, adds: “We believe everyone has a right to what schools can offer them. That’s why we have joined forces to help young people realize their dreams and to open up new perspectives for their future through knowledge and education. In the Antoine de Saint- Exupéry Youth Foundation, we are proud to have found a partner with a far-reaching international network.

 

The Antoine De Saint Exupéry

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2006 PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH

EDITION ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPÉRY

IW371707 Platinum 1 (Auction piece)

IW371708 18-carat white gold 50

IW371709 Stainless steel 1,630

IW371711 18-carat red gold 250

 

 

IW3201042007 PILOT’S WATCH AUTOMATIC EDITION

ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPÉRY

IW320101 Platinum 1 (Auction piece)

IW320102 18-carat white gold 250

IW320103 18-carat red gold 500

IW320104 Stainless steel 1,178

 

IW326104

2008 PILOT’S WATCH UTC

EDITION ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPÉRY

IW326101 Platinum 1 (Auction piece)

IW326102 18-carat white gold 250

IW326103 18-carat red gold 500

IW326104 Stainless steel 1,188

 

 

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2009 BIG PILOT’S WATCH AUTOMATIC

EDITION ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPÉRY

IW500419 Platinum 1 (Auction piece)

IW500420 18-carat white gold 250

IW500421 18-carat red gold 500

IW500422 Stainless steel 1,149

 

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2011 Big Pilot Watch Perpetual Calender

Edition Antoine De Saint Exupery

IW502617 18 carat red gold 500

 

 

 

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2012 PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH

EDITION ANTOINE DE SAINT EXUPÉRY

IW387805 18-carat red gold 500

IW387806 Stainless steel unlimited

 

 

 

IW388004

2014 PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH

EDITION “THE LAST FLIGHT”

IW388004 Titanium 1,700

IW388005 Platinum 17

IW388006 18-carat red gold 170

 

The Little Prince Editions

IW326506

2013 Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII

Edition “Le Petit Prince”

IW326506 Stainless Steel 1000 Edition

 

 

 

IW502802

2013 BIG PILOT’S WATCH PERPETUAL CALENDAR

EDITION “LE PETIT PRINCE”

IW502801 Platinum 1 (Auction piece)

IW502802 18-carat red gold 270

 

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2014 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph

Edition “Le Petit Prince”

IW377706 Stainless Steel unlimited

 

 

 

 

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2014 EDITION “LE PETIT PRINCE”

IW500908 Stainless steel 1,000

 

 

 

IW500909

2015 BIG PILOT’S WATCH

IW500909 18-carat red gold 250

 

 

 

 

IW371807

2015 Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph

Edition “Le Petit Prince”

IW371807 Stainless Steel 1000

 

 

Source:

IWC Shaffhausen

THE ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY YOUTH FOUNDATION