The moving story of the former Paralympic gold medalist So Wa Wai and his mother So Hon Siu Ching was turned into an inspirational biopic, raising public awareness of the hardship endured by athletes with disabilities. The Hong Kong tourbillon brand Memorigin has been supporting sports development with various collaborations with local athletes. This time, it invited So Wa Wai and Mrs. So to co-design the So Wa Wai Series tourbillon. A product launch event was held at the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2022. On the occasion, Memorigin’s Founder & CEO William Shum donated two watches to Dragon Foundation for future charity auctions. The Director of Dragon Foundation Ms. Shelley Lee and the Chairperson of the foundation’s Programme and Fund Raising Committee Ms. Annie Tam received the watches from William.
Speaking of the design, William told the audience that the So Wa Wai Series - The Champion tourbillon features the moment of victory of the talented track and field athlete. The thin lines on the dial form the running tracks. A silhouette shows the scene of Wai putting his arm up with an iconic number 1 gesture as he reaches the finishing line. His index finger is pointing to the star at the twelve o'clock position, meaning that everyone will get to the goals with determination and persistence.
The dial of the So Wa Wai Series - Heroic Mom tourbillon depicts a silhouette of a mother holding her baby up in the air. The design was inspired by one of the scenes in the movie that touches the hearts of many: Wai's mother became overwhelmed and hugged her son tightly when Wai could finally stand. It implies that behind every child is an attentive and devoted mother.
The proceeds from the sales of the two watches would be donated to the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee to step up the development of sports for the physically disabled. So is now working for the committee as the Communication and Corporate Affairs Officer. He briefly shared his duties. “My job involves clerical work and I would help with the research when my colleagues are organizing some campaigns. We will be holding Hong Kong Paralympic Day on 30th October in Tseung Kwan O. There will be trial classes on para-sports to let the general public experience how para-athletes feel when they are in training. We also welcome people with disabilities to take part as everyone has the chance to dream high and fly high. We hope to see you all,” Wai said.