(2012) In May 2009, Kobold brand ambassador-in-chief Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kobold ambassador and mountaineer Kenton Cool, and Michael Kobold reached the summit of Mount Everest. Fiennes and Kobold brought back a handful of rocks they collected just below the summit. Two years of prototyping later, the world's first wristwatch with a dial made from Mt. Everest summit rock was launched. The Kobold Himalaya Everest Edition gained international acclaim. The watch is also the source of considerable controversy in the small Himalayan country of Nepal, where the watch sparked a nationwide debate over the legality of removing rocks from Mt. Everest. To date no laws have been passed to prohibit this decade-long practice among mountaineers. The Himalaya Everest Edition was worn by mountaineer and Kobold ambassador Phurba Tashi Sherpa to the summit of Mount Everest in May 2013. This represented Phurba Tashi Sherpa's 21st successful summit bid, slating him to be the world record holder in 2014. This particular watch was auctioned in London for $24,000 at a charity event benefiting the HSPC. Produced in two versions. A limited edition of 25 watches with summit rock dial was produced alongside a limited edition of 100 watches featuring Yellow Band rock. Stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, ETA 2892 movement.