Norqain’s new Neverest Glacier models have charitable intentionsFergus Nash
- The Norqain Neverest Glacier returns with two rocky-faced references.
- The 41mm GMT model and 40mm three-hand model are decorated with rose gold running through their cracked surfaces.
- 10% of the sales will go to the Butterfly Help Project, housing and educating the families of sherpas who died on Mount Everest.
As a brand focused on adventure, it should come as no surprise that Mount Everest is a frequent focal point for Norqain. Although it’s debatable whether ‘highest altitude’ actually grants Everest the title of tallest mountain, reaching the summit is considered to be one of the pinnacles of human achievement. Returning to one of their best-selling releases from 2021, the Norqain Neverest Glacier has been given two fresh references with rocky faces and a GMT complication.
The first Norqain Neverest Glacier was styled in the way of a true icy mass – with a cracked white dial. The new Grey & Gold variants of the Neverest Glacier and Neverest GMT Glacier explore a mixture of natural and the abstract, with dark dials representing exposed rock faces filled with shimmery gold tones. The jagged texture is specifically themed to the crevasses of the Khumbu Icefall – the most dangerous stage of the Mount Everest trek. The GMT model is quite refined, with the anthracite-grey of the dial and the moss-grey of the ceramic bezel livened up by rose gold elements. Meanwhile, the black-dialled version comes across as much more rugged, doing away with the GMT complication as well as the date display.
The stainless steel case of the Norqain Neverest Glacier is certainly robust and feels up to any challenge, with a mostly brushed finish really helping the ceramic bezel insert and the gold dial elements to pop. The sizing balances strong wrist presence with ease of wearability, as the 41mm GMT model has a lug-to-lug of 48.9mm and a thickness of 14.94mm, while the three-handed model is slimmer at 48.5mm lug-to-lug and 12.5mm thick. The Neverest GMT Glacier is water-resistant to 100m with the standard Neverest Glacier can go down to 200m, both models equipped with screw-down crowns.
Norqain are one of few privileged brands who work with Kenissi for some of their movement manufacture. Both of these new watches use Kenissi-developed calibres, with COSC-certification for chronometer level accuracy within +6/-4 seconds per day. The GMT movement is the NN20/2 and the three-hand movement is the NN20/1, both having 4Hz beat rates and 70-hour power reserves.
In partnership with the Butterfly Help Project, 10% of the Norqain Neverest Glacier sales will go towards charitable causes. The Butterfly Help Project specifically provides housing and education to the children and families of sherpas who died while guiding climbers up Everest.
The new Norqain Neverest Glacier collection pricing and availability
The Norqain Neverest GMT Glacier Grey & Gold and Norqain Neverest Glacier Black & Gold are now available from the Time+Tide Shop. Price: US$3,650 (40mm, rubber strap), US$3,980 (40mm, steel bracelet), US$3,950 (41mm GMT, rubber strap), US$4,280 (41mm GMT, steel bracelet)
|Model||Neverest GMT Glacier Grey & Gold||Neverest Glacier Black & Gold|
|Case Dimensions||41mm (D) x 48.9mm (L2L) x 14.94mm (H)||40mm (D) x 48.5mm (L2L) x 12.5mm (H)|
|Case Material||Stainless steel||Stainless steel|
|Dial||Grey and gold||Black and gold|
|Strap||Stainless steel bracelet or rubber strap||Stainless steel bracelet or rubber strap|
|Power Reserve||70 hours||70 hours|
|Functions||Hours, minutes, seconds, GMT, date||Hours, minutes, seconds|
|Availability||Available now||Available now|
|Price||US$3,950 (rubber strap)
US$4,280 (steel bracelet)
|US$3,650 (rubber strap)
US$3,980 (steel bracelet)