Unique Urwerk watch raises over £33,000 for LSTM's COVID-19 research

News article 12 Jun 2020
Photo: Urwerk press corner

The limited-edition watch was auctioned with proceeds donated to LSTM's COVID-19 Response and Resilience Fund

Doing their bit in the fight against COVID-19, Swiss watch makers Urwerk auctioned a watch from their new limited-edition UR-100 Gold Edition series in aid of organisations that are working to end the pandemic. 

The science fiction inspired yellow gold watch is one of 25 produced by the Swiss company. The plate, which is usually engraved to note the amount of watches manufactured, has been engraved with “FIGHT C19” instead. 

In auction, the winning bid of over £33,000 (CHF40,000) went to a gentleman based in Liverpool who choose Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as his nominated charity. The money raised will go towards LSTM’s COVID-19 Response and Resilience Fund to support research to fight the pandemic and ensure future resilience.

Commenting on the auction the buyer, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “As the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in tropical medicine, LSTM plays a key role in the fight against COVID-19. It is also a symbol of the city’s past where Liverpool was a prominent port city which carried on an extensive trade with overseas regions.”

Karen Brady, Director of Fundraising at LSTM said: “We are incredibly grateful to Urwerk for this amazing opportunity and to the donor for choosing LSTM as his chosen charity. This generosity, allows us to push ahead in the fight against COVID-19.”

“LSTM’s work has never been more important. For decades, LSTM has worked at the forefront of infectious diseases research, developing new solutions and training generations of global health leaders, many of whom are now driving global efforts to control COVID-19.  This fund will enable us to partner with donors to create real impact and save lives.”

LSTM are now looking to work with the business community/sector to support the next round of funding by joining their COVID Funders’ Circle and are looking for up to ten businesses to support at the £25,000 level.