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The new Independence 40mm Hakuna Mipaka

Created together with Dean Schneider

In collaboration with NORQAINER and wildlife ambassador Dean Schneider, this 40mm timepiece has a fierce leopard-print design and an impactful link to Dean’s animal sanctuary Hakuna Mipaka Oasis. The Independence 40mm Hakuna Mipaka is a premium-quality mechanical watch created for the woman who does not compromise on innovation and social responsibility. A fitting launch for International Women’s Day on 8 March.


Wildlife-inspired, animal-friendly

The animal-friendly rubber strap features an innovative design that has been made just for NORQAIN by our partner BIWI SA. The black strap is decorated with a leopard pattern, which has a soft velour-like feel. This patented texture which consists of 0.6mm rubber hairs is achieved by laser process.


Supporting the Hakuna Mipaka Oasis

The Independence 40mm Hakuna Mipaka timepiece represents wildlife without harming wildlife because it is completely free from any animal products. Ten per cent of the earnings from sales of this watch will be donated to the Hakuna Mipaka Oasis, which is home to thousands of different wild animal species. The oasis also serves as a life-long home to a few rescued wild animals that were born in captivity.

About Norqain

Founded in 2018, NORQAIN is a fully independent, family-owned Swiss watch company located in Nidau (Bienne) in the heart of the Swiss watch industry. Driven by the excitement that comes with exploring the road less travelled, NORQAIN has three collections – Adventure, Freedom and Independence – that are exclusively equipped with mechanical automatic movements. In 2020, it introduced two Manufacture Calibres produced in collaboration with movement manufacturer, Kenissi. NORQAIN is a proud partner of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the Official Timekeeper of the Spengler Cup Davos. In July 2020, the brand organised its second NORQAINER Challenge together with On. Available throughout Europe, Japan and the US, NORQAIN has an expansive network of retail partners that includes Bucherer and Kirchhofer in Switzerland; Wempe in Germany; Watches of Switzerland in the UK; Tourneau, Westime and Govberg in the US; L’Oro in Canada; Seddiqi in Dubai; and over 30 points of sale in Japan.