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“THEWATCH is beautiful because our colors are beautiful.” ALANAH TORRALBA

Pond-for-pound king and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao never seems to run out of hats to wear—lover, husband, father, dutiful son, boxer, lawmaker and, more recently, watch designer.

In a recent launch-slash-party at the top of the W in Bonifacio Global City, the Pacman unveiled his latest baby: the Manny Pacquiao 8 or simply MP8 for TechnoMarine.

The development marks Pacquiao’s first foray into watch designing, as he collaborated with TechnoMarine’s Swiss designers to fashion a timepiece with eight striking features, including the yellow sun and the country’s national colors.

The number 8 is significant in itself, as it pays tribute to Pacquiao’s eight world boxing titles in various weight divisions.

TECHNOMARINE Philippines’ Raffy Florencio with wife Kat de los Santos Florencio, Manny Pacquiao and Rex Mendoza, also of TechnoMarine

“In keeping with TechnoMarine’s global thrust to feature iconoclasts as designers and brand ambassadors of its watches, we in the Philippines decided to tap Manny,” said Jan Paz, brand supervisor of TechnoMarine. “Manny has broken the mold and belongs to a class all his own.”

Pacquiao was more than happy to lend his inputs. It reportedly took him two months to work on the design in Manila, while Paz and the rest of the guys at TechnoMarine in the Philippines coordinated with their Swiss principals in Switzerland.

“I’d like to thank TechnoMarine for the opportunity,” Pacquiao said in a mix of Filipino and English. “I have quite a number of TechnoMarine watches. I’ve lost count. But this, by far, is my favorite because it has MP8. I hope the fans support me again this time by buying an MP8 watch.”

Limited edition

ANNA Abiera, Pops Fernandez, Kat Florencio, Lexi Katigbak, Cesar Montano and Mia Florencio

They better heed their idol’s appeal. Since the MP8 is a limited-edition watch, TechnoMarine is selling only 1,000 pieces the world over. Each watch is numbered and comes in two sizes: 40 mm and 45 mm.

“We’ve already received quite a number of inquiries from Manny’s fans abroad,” said Paz. “But our priority is to cater to Filipinos in the Philippines. We would only sell abroad once we’ve satisfied local demand.”

Pacquiao drew inspiration mainly from the Philippine flag, and is quite pleased with the results. But he didn’t have a hand in pricing the watch. An MP8 watch costs P29,500.

“I can truly say that the watch is beautiful because our colors are beautiful,” he said. “It’s very symbolic of who we are and what we’re capable of doing as a people.”

ERWIN Romulo and Nicole Jacinto

The MP8’s eight striking features are an eye-catching dial; use of the number 8 as design element; red and blue details that accentuate the watch’s silver dial; use of yellow sun to complete the country’s national colors; wave pattern that’s a TechnoMarine trademark; interchangeable straps that come in red and white; Swiss-made chronograph watch with a Japanese Miyota quartz movement; and a stainless steel case that’s water resistant up to 200 m or 660 ft.

“Hopefully, if he’s able to beat (Floyd) Mayweather in the near future, TechnoMarine’s next collaboration with Manny would probably be called the MP9,” said Paz.


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Tags: Accessories , fashion , Lifestyle , Manny Pacquiao , Technomarine , watches

  • Pinoy9

    Cool and I’m glad for him but . . . . No up-close pictures of the MP8 watch? No specs or stats on it? Or how much it costs, especially in America? :-(

    • akramgolteb

      Tita,

      Sabi sa katapusan ng 10th paragraph Pesos29 000.00 at sa Pinas muna ibebenta bago sa ibang bansa.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ITE4Z5BIUZYXI5S7Q2AKDYOM5I Budoy

    as usual another sirain watch from Technomarine

  • akramgolteb

    D ba meron na siya ng watch na inendorse, may engrave picture pa nya sa back plate? Yun Wenger or Swiss Watch ata? Para naman siyang paruparo, kun saan mas mabango ang amoy ng pera dun siya, parang ako! Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FGLCSWEISCSAYRSODQ7MEOWLNI yahoo-FGLCSWEISCSAYRSODQ7MEOWLNI

    Those who are buying Technomarine at 29,500.00 pesos are just being fooled by the company and Pacquiao.  Pacquiao is using Philippe Patek or Rolex, not this circus watch.



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