Nature Foundation beneficiary of Hublot diver’s watch auctionPOSTED: 10/31/12 12:00 PM
St. Maarten – On Friday a silent auction of a rare, unique and above all costly timepiece will take place at the Hublot Boutique on Front Street across from the Diamond Casino. Hublot has created a special limited edition St. Maarten Divers piece with a retail value of $22,900: the Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Caribbean St. Maarten Edition.. The company has donated the watch to support marine conservation work on St. Maarten.
Hublot has joined forces with the local Hiro Alwani family, Brenda Wathey of Artemia, Chef Dino Jagtiani of Temptations/Rare Restaurants and Moet Chandon, and will offer the proceeds from the silent auction to the St. Maarten Nature Foundation, supporting the organization’s efforts to initiate a coral transplantation project surrounding the whole island.
St. Maarten has lost approximately 80% of its near shore coral reefs. The donation makes it possible to reverse this trend and to restore St. Maarten’s coral ecosystem to its former glory
Sanjay Alwani used his personal relation with Tadzio Bervoets of the Nature Foundation to set up the event. Bervoets was already in contact with the Coral Foundation for his project and was looking for funding. The money which could be raised through the silent auction could ensure over 10 years of consistent coral growth, resulting in an increase in biodiversity and increased revenue through dive tourism and fisheries. The coral restoration efforts will also involve local schools and community groups, spreading awareness about the importance of coral growth.