THE LITTLE PRINCE
Your Royal Highness? Your Lordship? Is that how I should greet you, Little Prince? travel? Does royalty still have that much money, your Most Excellent Loveliness?
No, you misunderstand me. It’s a story – a sophisticated kids’ book really, or a fable for adults. It’s about visiting a king...
Your father lives on a different planet?!
No, a different king... As well as a lamplighter, a geographer, a businessman and a drunkard. Erm, and a rose.
These hardly sound like suitable characters for a children’s book your Toppermostness. Does he visit a drug dealer and a stripper too?
It’s a fantasy remember, which has been celebrated by IWC through various watches for years now. And it was written during war-time, mostly at night, fueled by vats of black coffee and by a rather obsessional man. Each of his characters represents an inability to see the truth of the world as a result of one’s own kind of narrow-mindedness.
One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.
That’s very poetic.
It’s from the book your Superlative One. Apparently it’s the third most translated book of all time and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France – so move over Proust, Camus, Verne, Sartre, de Beauvoir...
They’re mere amateurs.
Poetry is not very ‘pilot’s watch’ though is it? Hacking seconds, anti-reflective coatings, soft-iron inner case – it’s all rather hard and technical. At least the title character of the book recounts his tale of space travel to a pilot, albeit one stranded in the desert, camped alongside his crashed aircraft... Saint-Exupery, a pilot himself, could have done with a good pilot’s watch too it seems. He disappeared over the Mediterranean in 1944.
He wouldn’t have got lost with this timepiece. But he might have had trouble getting hold of one – only 1000 have been made.
So you might need to have friends in high places. My dear Little Prince, I have a favour to ask....