The bush fires raging across Australia are an environmental and ecological disaster of incredible magnitude. As a reference, nearly one third of New South Wales’ koala population is believed to have perished in the fires, and this is just the toll on one particular species.
Our friends at Time & Tide Watches based in Australia have organized an auction of 16 special pieces from across the horological world to help raise money to combat the fires. 100% of the funds raised from the auction, called “Watch & Act!,” will be donated toward these relief efforts in the form of five charities: the Country Fire Authority, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, the Wildlife Victoria, the World Wildlife Fund and the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund, based in southeast Victoria.
Two of the 16 watches are unique pieces (a special Hublot Classic Fusion “Watch & Act! Edition” and a Zenith Pilot Rescue “Australian Rescue Edition”) while nine are limited editions, including an Oris Divers’s Sixty-Five Limited Edition for HODINKEE, an H. Moser Pioneer Centre Seconds donated by Adam Clayton, bassist for U2, a DOXA SUB 200 130, a Frederique Constant Manufacture Moonphase donated by watch blog Fratello, a yellow gold Bulgari Serpteni and more.
The Watch & Act! auction is now live and will run for 10 days, ending at 9:00 AM AEST on January 30 (5:00 PM EST on January 29). Check out the full catalog below and help spread the word — once bidding closes, the funds will be put to use as soon as possible with the aforementioned charities to help aid relief efforts.
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