A Wild One that is ready to run: Norqain presents a limited edition timepiece in partnership with the TCS New York City Marathon
This ultimate high-performance sports watch features unique design elements inspired by the celebrated marathon where NORQAIN will step into the role of Official Timekeeping Partner for the first time. Only 262 pieces of this limited edition Wild ONE model will be produced – the optimal souvenir for TCS New York City Marathon participants and fans.
On 6 November, NORQAIN will serve as the Official Timekeeping Partner of the renowned TCS New York City Marathon. In honour of its multi-year partnership with the New York Road Runners (NYRR), the Swiss watchmaker has launched a special Independence Wild ONE design that incorporates the racecourse and an eye-catching black-and-white aesthetic. Crafted from the family-owned brand’s proprietary NORTEQ material, created with Advisor to the Board Jean-Claude Biver and launched in September 2022, this high-performance watch is six times lighter than steel and 3.5 times lighter than titanium. It is the ultimate watch for an active lifestyle that includes everything from mountain biking and downhill skiing to finishing all 26.2 miles of the TCS New York City Marathon.
Cross the finish line with NORQAIN
Celebrating the teamwork between NORQAIN and NYRR and the brand’s new role as Official Timekeeping Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon, this Wild ONE timepiece stands out with a light grey outline of the racecourse through a black and grey map of New York City across the dial. The name of the event is printed in white on the sapphire glass on the caseback, as are the “LIMITED EDITION” and “ONE of 262” inscriptions. The case, made of black NORTEQ material, features the innovative construction that distinguishes the Wild ONE models. Between the top and bottom case elements is a white rubber shock absorber that surrounds a titanium case that protects the chronometer-certified Manufacture Calibre NN20/1. This high-quality COSC-certified movement, which NORQAIN developed with movement manufacturer Kenissi, boasts a 70-hour power reserve and reliable robustness thanks to the two-point fixation of the bridge. The screw-down crown is overmoulded with black rubber and stamped with the NORQAIN logo. The rectangular indexes are skeletonised and enhanced with a spot of X1 Superluminova®. The hour, minute and seconds hands of the Wild ONE timepieces are also skeletonised, a much-loved design feature of all the watches in the Independence collection.
This special case concept makes the Wild ONE the ultimate high-performance sports watch by exceeding industry standards for shock absorption. The watches’ robustness and shock-resistance are proven by withstanding stringent laboratory tests, which are conducted at 5000 g and guarantee your timepiece will be safe during all kinds of sport activities. Water resistance to a depth of 200 metres expands the range of sports that the Wild ONE is suited for. In total, the lightweight case is made of 25 parts, including four screws which are engraved with a mountain-peak design. Each watch weighs just 84 grams, which is 50% lighter than a stainless steel NORQAIN watch.
For the development of the pieces in the Wild ONE collection, including this limited edition model, NORQAIN partnered exclusively with premium Swiss suppliers including BIWI SA for the design, concept and material; MRP SA for case assembly and container production; Montremo SA for the dial; and Waeber HMS SA for the skeletonised hands.
Only 262 models of this robust watch will be produced – a nod to the length of the marathon (26.2 miles). As with all other NORQAIN timepieces, this model also has a customisable NORQAIN Plate that can be personalised with any engraving, such as the participant’s finishing time, a motivational phrase or the name of the charity they are running for.
The watch is complete with an integrated white rubber strap with a Milanese texture and a black edge or an all-black rubber strap. In line with NORQAIN’s promise to discontinue its use of leather products, this top-quality rubber strap is vegan-certified. This watch is available exclusively in NORQAIN’s online shop for CHF 5’150.00.
This is NORTEQ
NORTEQ is an ultra-light, ultra-robust material that was created exclusively for NORQAIN and its watches and is the result of a close collaboration between NORQAIN, Jean-Claude Biver and BIWI SA. This high-performance material has a striking marble effect. This carbon fibre composite is made of carbon fibre, which is commonly used in the aerospace industry, and a high-performance polymer matrix containing 60% bio-sourced material (castor oil).
The NORTEQ composite offers the perfect balance between density, elasticity and resistance for optimised shock-absorption. This revolutionary material is also anti-magnetic and will not corrode over time. Additionally, the material left over from the production process is 100% recycled and upcycled.
NORQAIN & New York Road Runners (NYRR)
As of this year, NORQAIN will serve as the Official Timekeeping Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon, United Airlines NYC Half, RBC Brooklyn Half and Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K. Both the men’s and women’s open division champions and men’s and women’s wheelchair champions of the 2022 TCS New York City Marathon will receive one of NORQAIN’s limited edition TCS New York City Marathon Wild ONE timepieces with their finishing time engraved on the NORQAIN plate to commemorate their victories in New York.
At the heart of this strategic partnership are a number of shared core values, in particular a commitment to sustainability and charitable activities focused on children, including Rising New York Road Runners, NYRR’s free youth running program that helps build students’ motivation, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life. NORQAIN is familiar with taking action to support youth – its partnership with the Butterfly Help Project in Nepal gives children access to education to unlock a brighter future.
NYRR has set ambitious goals in terms of sustainability efforts and is on a mission to become carbon neutral. With its recent CO2-NEUTRAL certification from Swiss Climate, NORQAIN is aligned with these important goals and the impactful efforts of NYRR.
The 2022 NORQAINER Challenge
NORQAIN is pleased to give its fans the opportunity to win a trip to New York and a ticket to participate in the TCS New York City Marathon on 6 November 2022. For the past three years, NORQAIN has organised the NORQAINER Challenge which encourages its social media followers to get out and get active. This year, the brand has selected five people from around the world who will join the NORQAIN Team on the course through New York City.
Share This Article
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.