The latest release from Norqain features a brand-new three-hand timepiece co-designed by wildlife ambassador, Dean Schneider. Unveiled as a special model with a limited run of 300 units, the Wild ONE Hakuna Mipaka draws aesthetic cues from the Hakuna Mipaka Oasis, a wildlife sanctuary and animal rehabilitation center that Schneider has set up in South Africa.
The 42mm reference is attired in a 25-part case composed of cruelty-free NORTEQ® — an exclusive carbon fiber composite that is robust, shock-resistant, and ultra-lightweight. The rich, dark brown hue extends from the sandwich case to the dial, where a stamped “lion fur” pattern enriches its design. In echoing the textured dial, the accompanying beige rubber strap also features the same allover pattern.
Red gold-plated diamond-cut hands and skeleton indices further embellish the dial, thus nodding to the majestic appeal of King Dexter, a lion that resides in the Hakuna Mipaka Oasis. As an interesting highlight, the watch’s rubber shock absorber is infused with sand from the Hakuna Mipaka Oasis, adding a piece of South Africa to the timekeeper.
Beating at the heart of this timekeeper is the NN2-/1 by Kenissi Manufacture caliber. The mechanical automatic movement is geared with 70 hours of power reserve, with a personalized bridge inscribed “Adventure – Freedom – Independence” — the core values and brand ethos of Norquain. The caliber is viewable through the open caseback, which also features a golden logo imprint, along with its unique batch number.
Norqain also promised to donate 10% of the watch’s earnings to the Hakuna Mipaka Oasis. Retailing for $5,590 USD, the Wild ONE Hakuna Mipaka limited-edition timepiece is now available to purchase via Norqain’s official website.
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