In cooperation with the Swiss watch Manufacture Girard-Perregaux, the Japan chapter of the non-profit ocean conservation organization “Sailors for the Sea” held a charity reception at the Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo. “Sailors for the Sea,” based in the United States, was founded by David Rockefeller, Jr. to raise social awareness about marine issues and the need to protect the ocean environment, and is now expanding its activities in Japan. Amongst some 110 distinguished guests are Japan’s first lady Mrs. Akie Abe, Ms Yuriko Koike, a former Minister of Environment.
David Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife Susan Rockefeller, who flew in to Japan to take part in this event, welcomed one hundred guests and enjoyed a pleasant social evening over cocktails followed by dinner and classic concert. Susan Rockefeller’s documentary film “Mission of Mermaids” was shown during the dinner. Through the eyes of the mythical mermaid, the movie explores the current issues facing the marine environment, including ocean acidification, overfishing, and water pollution.
Emceed by famous television announcer Naomi Uemura, the event was focused on “Protect what is Precious” credo initiated by Susan Rockefeller and meaning Family, Art and Nature. During the reception, Girard-Perregaux presented its limited edition Sea Hawk: Mission of Mermaids wristwatch. This exclusive timepiece, designed in collaboration with Susan Rockefeller, is inspired by forest green and ocean blue embellishments on the dial, which complement the mysterious mermaid carving on the case back, embodying the wish for ocean protection.
A charity raffle was later held, boosting the atmosphere within the venue to become ever more enthusiastic. All benefits were donated to the Japan chapter of “Sailors for the Sea.” To beautifully end the evening was a live opera performance by Kumi Taniguchi, recipient of l’Ordre national du Mérite (Chevalier class) of France, who thrilled the event guests with the beauty and sophistication of her voice.
Founded in 2004, Sailors for the Sea is a nonprofit organization that educates and empowers the boating community to protect and restore our oceans and local waters. Protect What is Precious is a simple credo initiated by Susan Rockefeller. To Susan, this means – Family, Art and Nature. These are three things that she holds very dear.
Mission of Mermaids is a film celebrating director Susan Rockefeller’s relationship with the ocean. It’s both a poetic ode to the seas and a plea for their protection. The film evokes the archetype of the mermaid, a mythical creature that embodies the ocean’s enduring mystery. The film honors the women and men who live from and for the seas—artists, activists, performers, divers, fishermen, and sailors.
Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk Mission of Mermaids Limited Edition
Material: Steel and rubber
Diameter: 44.00 mm
Height: 17.10 mm
Crystal: Antireflective sapphire
Water resistance: 100 ATM
Girard-Perregaux GP03300-0074, mechanical with automatic winding
Calibre: 11 ½ ’’’
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations / hour -(4Hz)
Power reserve: minimum 46 hours
Functions: hour, minute, date, small second, power reserve indicator.
Size: 30.00/20.00 mm
Buckle: steel, folding
Launch date: February 2013