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26 August 2021

IWC Schaffhausen Supports The Inspiration4 Mission

By: Jamie McFadden

IWC Schaffhausen Supports The Inspiration4 Mission

From aviation to beyond… IWC Schaffhausen today announce their support for an innovative project, in support of an incredibly worthy cause.

To support Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit, IWC Schaffhausen has designed and donated a series of special timepieces.

For this exciting mission, IWC has donated a series of unique, space-themed Pilot’s Watch Chronographs which represent the mission’s values of Leadership, Hope, Generosity and Prosperity.

The watches will be worn by the four crew members on their journey into space, before being auctioned as part of the mission’s aim to raise funds for and promote the life-saving work of the amazing St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4” features a case made of stunning white ceramic. The unique colour results from a complex manufacturing process in which zirconium oxide is mixed with other metallic oxide. With a Vickers rating second only to that of diamond, engineering ceramic ranks among the hardest substances on the planet, making it an excellent choice for missions such as this.

A dark blue lacquered dial has been padprinted with stars and reflects the depth and darkness of space. It also features the Inspiration4 logo.

Inside the watch beats the IWC-manufactured 69380 caliber chronograph movement. On each of the four watches, the titanium case back has been engraved with the name and mission value represented by the respective crew member. The chronographs are fitted with an eye-catching white rubber strap with a leather inlay.

Named Inspiration4 in recognition of the diverse, four-person crew’s mission to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and send a humanitarian message of possibility, the multi-day journey to low-Earth orbit represents a new era for human spaceflight and exploration. The mission is the brainchild of Jared Isaacman, a 38-year-old entrepreneur and accomplished pilot who will also serve as Commander. The mission is set to launch in September from historical Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

You can follow the remarkable story of Inspiration4 in a special five-part series, “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space”, on Netflix from the 6th September.

IWC Watches are available at DMR’s showrooms in Liverpool, Manchester and Canary Wharf, as well as to purchase from the comfort of your home on our website.

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