Swiss watch brand Norqain unveils the newest Neverest Glacier timepieces with a distinctive glacier-inspired dial to not only pay homage to the awe-inspiring Himalayan mountains but also, and more importantly, to contribute to the Butterfly Help Project’s mission of providing quality education to Nepalese schoolchildren.
Norqain’s dedication to both creativity and compassion is evident in the exquisite Neverest GMT Grey & Gold and Neverest Black & Gold models. Infused with a spirit of adventure and resilience, these timepieces boast unique bicolour dials that capture the mystique of the Neverest Glacier collection that was first introduced in 2021.
The golden cracks adorning the dial are an artistic reflection of the jagged crevasses found in the perilous Khumbu Icefall, a treacherous segment of the Everest summit climb. Powered by mechanical movements crafted by Kenissi, the Black & Gold version is a three-hand watch, while the Grey & Gold model features a jumping-hour GMT movement, marking the collection’s first-ever introduction of a GMT with this glacier dial.
Norqain’s philanthropic spirit continues to shine through its ongoing partnership with the Butterfly Help Project. The brand will contribute 10% of the proceeds from Neverest timepiece sales to the organization. The Butterfly Help Project, founded by Norbu Sherpa and Andrea Sherpa-Zimmermann of Wild Yak Expeditions, focuses on empowering the children of Nepalese sherpas who lost their lives while guiding climbers on treacherous mountain expeditions.
This profound initiative has not only ensured access to quality education for these children but has also recently culminated in the construction of a hostel, providing a secure and comfortable living environment for the children during school periods.
Founder & CEO of Norman, Ben Küffer, expressed his pride in the positive impact these watches enable, emphasizing the importance of the Butterfly Help Project’s compassionate work in Nepal. Andrea and Norbu’s dedication to changing lives and empowering children is a testament to their genuine commitment.
The Neverest GMT Glacier Grey & Gold model, measuring 41mm, is crafted in stainless steel with satin and brushed finishings on the case. The anthracite dial features gold-filled cracks, evoking the spirit of Everest’s crevasses. The Grey & Gold timepiece is equipped with a COSC-Certified automatic movement boasting a weekend-proof 70-hours of power reserve and a jumping-hour for local time and GMT function. The bridges are engraved with Norqain’s motto: Adventure … Freedom … Independence.The faceted indexes are red-gold plated and coated with Super-LumiNova. The case back is transparent sapphire for viewing of the movement. This version retails for $4,290 on a rubber strap and $4,690 on steel bracelet.
Its counterpart, the EVEREST Glacier Black & Gold, measuring 40mm, boasts a black dial adorned with golden crevasses. Coated with white X1 Super-LumiNova the central hands offer optimal visibility, while the black ceramic ring on the unidirectional bezel features a red gold plated scale and Superluminova marker. The COSC-certified Norqain Calibre NN20/1 (by Kenissi)with a 70-hour power reserve powers this extraordinary timepiece. Boasting similar attributes the Gray & Gold version, but with three hands and no additional functions other than its chronometer status, It retails for $3,990 on rubber strap and $4,390 on stainless steel bracelet.