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Yellow Object - The Beater Watch


The Kobold Yellow Object pays tribute to the bravery of the citizens of Hong Kong and their pursuit of freedom, democracy and the international rules-based order.

In 2019, as the Hong Kong protests became more violent - radical protestors  clashed with an increasingly aggressive police force. Violence is not the answer, in fact violence is counter productive for the objectives of both sides. 

However, the fact is that most protestors were peaceful, showing their displeasure with an oppressive, quasi-totalitarian regime. These peaceful protestors increasingly became targets of unwarranted police violence. Yet in the age of disinformation and fake news, the Hong Kong Police Department repeatedly twisted the facts to present its officers in the most favorable light. 

In 2019, Amnesty International released a short video showing a protester -clad in yellow- laying on the ground while being assaulted by policemen. In a subsequent press conference, HKPD referred to protester as "a yellow object" and denied knowledge of what this object was that the policemen were kicking.  

This is when the idea for the Kobold Yellow Object was born. It's a beater watch (pun intended) designed for folks to express their support for the people of Hong Kong - for the peaceful protesters! It's a watch that signals an unwavering belief in democratic values, especially freedom of expression, fair and open elections - and a police force that is held accountable. 

Kobold has long history of social and political activism. Most recently, we aided the people of Nepal in their struggle during the 2015-16 economic blockade by India. (Read more about this: https://www.michaelkobold.com) We do these things in the spirit of our late brand ambassador, James Gandolfini. In that sense, the Yellow Object is the horological equivalent of the middle finger raised in the direction of the Hong Kong Police, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the Government of China.

Whether you're a resident of Hong Kong, a traveler visiting China or Hong Kong, or sitting at home and quietly want to show your support for the protesters and their cause, the Yellow Object is the ideal watch for you. 

Prominent Yellow Object owners include Ai WeiWei, Nathan Law, Agnes Chow and many others.

Profits from this project benefit the Hong Kong Free Press, a non-profit independent media organization.

***HONG KONG CUSTOMERS: The Yellow Object will ship to you from Hong Kong..***

Movement: quartz, made in Japan. Case: 40mm diameter. 3 years warranty. 

Links related to this campaign:

Chinese anger over Hong Kong ensnared 3 big US businesses this week — and critics say they bent to Beijing

Chinese censorship is spreading beyond its borders

Hurt feelings: How foreign brands are proving to be a soft target as China wields its power

Repression is not the answer in Hong Kong

Police violence now primary concern of Hong Kong protesters

Why you should worry if you have a Chinese smartphone

 Luxury brands bow to China

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