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WMR - January 2017

Talk of the town

ROLEX

AWARDING EXCELLENCE


The Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2016 was held in Los Angeles to celebrate the spirit of exceptional individuals with the passion and commitment to improve life on the planet. The celebration awards ceremony was held on 15 November 2016.

One of the winning laureates this year was Sonam Wangchuk, a 50-year-old Ladhaki engineer who has been solving the problem of lack of water for agriculture in the desert landscapes of the western Himalayas by building “Ice Stupas”. Named after Buddhist monuments, these conical ice mounds behave like mini artificial glaciers, slowly releasing water in the growing season. Sonam intends to build up to 20 such ice stupas, each 30 metres high and capable of supplying millions of litres of water. The long-term aim is to build an alternative university and engage youth in the environment.

This project is among the 5 winners this year at the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. “The Rolex Awards were designed to support those whose own spirit of enterprise mirrored the enterprising spirit on which the company was founded,” said Rebecca Irvin, Head of Philanthropy at Rolex. “The idea was to encourage new ventures rather than reward past achievements and to recognize people who were doing things differently, exploring beyond boundaries and bringing often unconventional and ground breaking ideas to help change the world into the mainstream. Significantly, the programme reflects the Rolex brand values of quality, ingenuity and individual achievement”, she continued.

The complete feature is in Watch Market Review - January 2017 on page no. 12 & 13.