UNDONE × REVOLUTION TROPICAL TYPE 20 CHRONOGRAPH, LAUNCHED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN’S RIDE FUNDRAISER 2020

Revolution and custom watch brand UNDONE collaborate to release this cool limited-edition watch, and, even better, a part of the sales proceeds will go towards causes supported by the DGR.

Like everyone else, a lot of things have hit me hard in the emotional roller-coaster ride of 2020. But one of the most poignant happened on the 8th of June, when the two-year anniversary of Anthony Bourdain’s death rolled up on me. And that one truly sucked. Because amid the emotional maelstrom of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was left with one clear thought, which was, “Dammit, Tony, we could have used you now more than ever.” What I wouldn’t have given to hear that signature gravelly voice dispensing wisdom, insight, wry humor and wit with his typical bad-assitude. What would his take on this whole shit storm have been? I, for one, would have loved to hear it. Then it dawned on me that I’ve reached that age where a lot of my heroes are dead. But then I realized they didn’t die from old age. A lot of them, including Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell and the legend that was Tony Bourdain, had committed suicide. And while I won’t get into the details of their passing, my point is that male depression is a very real subject matter, made all the more significant in that men generally don’t talk about it. After all, we were all raised with those hard-drinking, silent, stoic Hemingway/Bogart in Casablanca male role models. Men don’t talk about their feelings. But if it would have prevented any of the deaths of these guys, or for that matter anyone, I wish they would.

 

What does this have to do with a watch? OK, let me continue to digress a little bit more. A few years back, I met my friend Mark Hawwa who created something called the Distinguish Gentleman’s Ride in 2012. The objective was to change the perception of motorcyclists in his native Australia. So, at the end of September, he encourages guys to — in the words of Barney Stinson — “suit up” and straddle their café racers, brat-style street trackers or vintage bikes, and take to the streets in a most civilized ride. His idea was, since he and his community were making all this effort, they might as well raise money for charity. Wanting to help men out in particular, he targeted raising funds for research on prostate cancer prevention, treatment and cure. Well, the ride known by its acronym DGR blew up thanks to social media, and today, it is one of the most impressive charities I know, raising 5.5 million US dollars last year in a ride with over 100,000 participants in more than 650 cities around the world. As the ride expanded, Mark wanted to also address male suicide prevention and began working with Movember Foundation on this. He explains, “I realized that in Australia, the male suicide rates are three times those of women’s. Yet it was an issue that no one ever talked about.” This hit home particularly hard in 2017 when, after a hugely successful ride, one of his key organizers took his own life.

 

 

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September 2020

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