In 2015, on its 25th anniversary, Hong Kong based IPS (Integrated Publicity Services Ltd.) introduced an adorable commemorative mascot iPANDAS and started to organize a variety of charitable projects with different parties. As the inaugural project, IPS joined hands with Ms. Michele Reis to create the MICHELEX iPANDAS Memorigin Tourbillon Watch with the full support of Memorigin. The proceeds raised were to donate to the JMJ Children’s Charitable Foundation co-founded by Michele and her husband Julian Hui, in order to support the conservation of giant pandas in Sichuan.
The MICHELE X iPANDAS Memorigin Tourbillon Watch gives a refreshing twist to the masculine and strong tourbillon timepiece by marrying the adorable iPANDAS motif with complicated craftsmanship. The meticulously carved iPANDAS motif on the black nickel plated skeleton dial is finished with a special coating technology to create a refined and smooth matte effect. The biggest challenge lies in creating a three-dimensional panda within the narrow space between the dial and the sapphire crystal. As the rose gold plated luminous dauphine hands sit on the panda’s legs, the thickness of the relief must be precisely crafted so that it won’t be too thin to work on or too thick and hinder the operation of other components. The vivid and exquisite three-dimensional effect is the result of repeated fine-tunings.
A new engraving technique is used on the dial to highlight the lovely panda and the exceptional design, while the black nickel plated skeleton heart patterns on the back consist of the letters “JMJ” to mark the concerted effort between the JMJ Children’s Charitable Foundation and iPANDAS. The advanced CNC engraving technology ensures that every heart is perfect and identical.
On the black nickel plated skeleton dial are ten sparkling diamond indexes and two precious rubies at 2 o’clock and 5 o’clock respectively to commemorate the 25thanniversary of IPS. Fitted with Memorigin’s movement MO1128,this model comprises 155 subassembly modules and 18 jewel bearings. Apart from a power reserve of upto 40 hours, it also features a tourbillon at 6 o’clock that oscillates at 28,800 oscillations per hour, ensuring precision and an appealing design.
Michele also lent her creativity to the strap design. Alligator straps in four colors are available to reveal a modern charm. While the panda-inspired black and white are timeless, straps in green and orange, which represent the pandas’ favorite bamboo leaves and carrots, also offer a unique way to express the wearer’s mood and style. The wearers may freely mix and match the contrasting black and white or green and orange alligator straps for a bold and chic look.
Model: MICHELE X iPANDAS Memorigin Tourbillon Watch
Model no. MO1128
Frequency: 28,800 oscillations/ hour
155 pieces of subassembly modules and 18 jewel
The tourbillon located at 6 o’clock rotates at a speed of 60s for one circle
40-hour power reserve
Approx. 43mm contemporary type stainless steel case
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Black nickel plated skeleton dial with iPANDAS embossment and JMJ logo
Hands: Rose gold plated luminous dauphine hands
Alligator leather straps (Available in black, white, green and orange)