Swiss watchmaker endorses Vietnam’s sovereignty over islands

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 Candino's new model features the Vietnamese national flag and a legend reading “Hoang Sa & Truong Sa belong to Vietnam” Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Swiss watchmaker Candino unveiled a new model called Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) in Ho Chi Minh City last Saturday.

The limited-edition watch features the Vietnamese flag at the top and a legend in the middle that reads “Hoang Sa & Truong Sa belong to Vietnam”.

The new model will be a very limited edition with just 1,888 watches to be sold, 388 for women and the rest for men. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

At the back is inscribed a Vietnamese map with both the Paracel and Spratly Archipelagos.

The back of the watch with the Vietnamese map with Hoang Sa and Truong Sa. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

Bui Tan Minh, director of HCMC-based Hai Minh Company which distributes foreign watches in Vietnam, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the idea of a watch supporting Vietnam’s assertion of sovereignty over the Paracels and Spratlys came to him in 2012.

He then persuaded Candino to make such a watch to “send a message to international friends that Hoang Sa and Truong Sa belong to Vietnam.”

Only 1,888 of the watches will be sold, 388 for women and the rest for men.

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