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The 2019 Oscars and its star-studded red-carpet line-up made enough statements – there was Lady Gaga’s $30 million diamonds, Billy Porter’s tuxedo-gown, Hannah Beachler becoming the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Production Design, and Spike Lee’s excited jump on-stage to name a few. There was also Bradley Cooper, who directed, produced, co-wrote, and starred in the seven-times-nominated ‘A Star Is Born’, in a classic black tuxedo complemented by an enticing navy IWC Big Pilot timepiece. 

Bradley Cooper wearing IWC's limited-edition Big Pilot
Bradley Cooper wearing IWC’s limited-edition Big Pilot at the 91st Annual Academy Awards

 Now this is a beautiful timepiece. From IWC’s flagship Pilot’s line, the Big Pilot limited-edition 5N has a red gold case with a midnight blue dial, and is part of the Le Petit Prince line of Pilot watches. The dial bears a jumping date window and a day indicator, and the caseback is engraved with a quote from ‘The Little Prince’: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly”.

The watchmaker has  now decided to auction-off the timepiece. Sotheby’s will be auctioning the timepiece, and the proceeds will benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. 

The Big Pilot's caseback with engraving"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly"
The Big Pilot’s caseback with engraving”It is only with the heart that one can see rightly”

Unique watches being sold for charitable purposes are common today. Be it an Omega Speedmaster worn by Buzz Aldrin, a Patek Philippe from legendary singer and musician Eric Clapton’s closet, or a Paul Newman Rolex Daytona,  these novelties fetched upto $3.6 million. 

Snapshot from IWC's Big Pilot 'The Road Less Travelled' capaign starring brand ambasador, Bradley Cooper
Snapshot from IWC’s Big Pilot ‘The Road Less Travelled’ campaign starring brand ambassador, Bradley Cooper

Inside the watch rests a Calibre 51111, the largest automatic movement crafted by IWC, which sports a power reserve of seven days, or 168 hours, when fully wound. Sotheby’s opened bids for this timepiece on Monday, February 24th at $16,000 which increased to $60,000 after 10-12 bids. Bidding will continue online for another week, ending on March 4 at 11:00 AM ET. In addition, the top bidder will also receive a letter from Bradley Cooper, adding a personal touch. 

IWC Big Pilot “Le Petit Prince” edition in navy
IWC Big Pilot “Le Petit Prince” edition in navy

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.