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The time has come: today is the day that has been so eagerly anticipated by watch lovers from all over the world. The exciting bidding for the one-of-a-kind Pilot's Watch Automatic Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Ref. 3201, in platinum begins today. The benefit auction at www.iwc.com is now open.

Please feel free to place your bid and join in the excitement, and we wish all participants lots of luck and enjoyment.

Yours sincerely,

IWC Schaffhausen
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Our pre-Christmas Internet auction actually includes two rarities that will appeal to watch lovers and fans of the author Antoine de Saint Exupéry. The tribute to the great Frenchman exists in only a single example as a highly esteemed special edition of the Pilot's Watch Automatic in platinum. Alongside this one-of-a-kind watch, an original edition of his debut novel, "Courrier Sud" (Southern Mail), with a handwritten dedication by the author is coming up for virtual auction.

For the tenth year in succession, the Schaffhausen watch manufacturer is donating an exquisite horological rarity, which will be auctioned between 12 and 19 December. The institution to be supported is the "Ecole des Sables - Antoine de Saint Exupéry" Tuareg school in the West African country of Mali, for which IWC proposes to facilitate the construction of a new school building with the proceeds from the auction.

The only way of acquiring this connoisseur's item is to bid in the auction. Place your bid, join in the excitement, and watch our exciting auction as it unfolds. The terms and conditions, details of the Pilot's Watch Automatic Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry in platinum and the supported "Ecole des Sables - Antoine de Saint Exupéry" can be found here. A single click will take you to the auction adventure.
 

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With suspense and considerable enthusiasm, many watch lovers from around the world joined in the excitement and placed their bids in our online benefit auction. The hammer has now fallen, the happy new owner has been revealed, and the sum that we can donate to our partners for the rebuilding of the Tuareg school in Mali is known. Read the details below.

IWC celebrates Christmas. We believe that our employees deserve a break, and accordingly we will be closing for business from 22 December 2007, opening for you again on 3 January 2008. Please appreciate that replies to your e-mails will be delayed during this period.

We wish you a happy and relaxing holiday, and we look forward to sharing new products, highlights and exciting news with you again in the New Year.

Yours sincerely,

IWC Schaffhausen
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</TD><TD style="VERTICAL-ALIGN: top" width=437>>From 12 to 19 December 2007, IWC held an auction at www.iwc.com for a sensational one-of-a-kind watch and an original edition of Antoine de Saint Exupéry's debut novel, "Courrier Sud" (Southern Mail), for the benefit of the Tuareg school "Ecole des Sables - Antoine de Saint Exupéry" in Taboye, Mali. With around 100 bids, watch fans from all over the world competed with one another for the only example of the platinum version of the Pilot's Watch Automatic Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry, Ref. 3201, with the serial number 01/01 dating from 2007. The starting bid of USD 30,000 eventually reached USD 57,500. The lot was finally knocked down to a bid from Hong Kong, submitted 2 minutes before the end of the auction.

We should like to thank all participants for their enthusiastic bidding. We are very pleased to support the work of the "Ecole des Sables - Antoine de Saint Exupéry" in the education of Tuareg children with the construction of a functional school building.

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