I already told you earlier today about Mahershala Ali's big night at the Oscars last night and the killer skeletonized Cartier Santos that was on his wrist for his Best Supporting Actor win – but he wasn't the only one sporting something seriously cool on his wrist at the annual awards show.*Bradley Cooper, who directed, produced, co-wrote, and starred in the seven-times-nominated A Star Is Born, rolled up to the red carpet wearing a unique IWC Big Pilot's Watch that is now being sold by Sotheby's to benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Foundation. Unique watches being sold for charity are nothing new (we told you about this one just last week), but adding the direct connection to brand ambassador Cooper and the Oscars is a nice extra touch.
The watch in question is a Big Pilot in solid 5N red gold with a midnight blue dial a la the Petit Prince line of pilots. It's sort of a cross of this red gold Spitfire and the stainless steel Petit Prince Big Pilot, something that's not offered in the standard lineup. The caseback is also engraved with a quote from The Little Prince: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly." The last bit of the package is a letter that Bradley Cooper will write to the winning bidder, adding a personal touch. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Foundation, a charity that IWC has long supported.
Bidding for this watch opened online at $16,000 but quickly shot up. As of writing this, there are 10 total bids with the current winning bid sitting at $30,000, already the top end of the $20,000-$30,000 estimate. Bidding will continue online for another week, ending on March 4 at 11:00AM ET.
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