A unique design by 12-year-old Hou Ye — submitted for a drawing competition by IWC Schaffhausen last year — has been chosen for the maison’s limited edition watch, which will raise funds to help Laureus Sport for Good improve the lives of young people around the world. Hou Ye, a Special Olympics athlete from Shanghai, competed with hundreds of other children from Laureus-supported projects worldwide in this year’s drawing competition, which had the subject of “Time Well Spent”. His winning design is engraved on the caseback of the IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. It features a young boy skiing and throwing his hands up in joy, a reference to his own accomplishments.
The watch is the 11th in the series of Laureus’ special editions. As part of his winnings, Hou Ye and his friends at the Jingan Qihui Special Education School had the opportunity to meet Olympic gymnastics superstar Li Xiaopeng.
Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, says: “As global partners of Laureus Sport for Good, we are delighted that funds from sales of this unique watch and other earlier editions are able to help young people in Laureus projects around the world. We have had winners from countries including Sri Lanka, Cyprus, Russia, Uganda and, now, China. The drawing by Hou Ye captures the fun and importance of sport, beliefs which we share passionately at IWC Schaffhausen.”