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WHEN SAILING AND TIMEPIECES CROSS PATHS, THE RESULTS CAN LITERALLY CREATE RIPPLES IN THE WATER

WHEN SAILING AND TIMEPIECES CROSS PATHS, THE RESULTS CAN LITERALLY CREATE RIPPLES IN THE WATER

Mankind’s link with sailing dates back to ancient times. Predominantly used as a means of transport and for trade, the advancement of charts and navigation soon paved the way for explorers to set sail for the open seas. That spirit of adventure exists till this very day and it lies at the very core of every regatta or sailing event held.

Unlike most sporting competitions, regattas truly push the concept of man against the elements. At its core, the event is a race against time over vast oceans and seas. And over the years, each event has gained recognition and prestige, resulting in a growth of popularity well beyond the sailing community.

Events such as the Volvo Ocean Race, held every three years, challenge sailing teams to race across the globe, often taking months to complete. The America’s Cup –a key event since 1983 – has become a globally watched event pitting a worthy challenger against a defending champion for sailing honours.

Sailing, at its core, has to do with timing and precision, two elements synonymous with timepieces. This is why there has always been a deep association with the sailing world and the world of watchmaking. The Heuer Mereograph from the 1950s is one of the first examples of a timepiece created specifically for the regatta arena. It featured both a chronograph with sub-dials marked for regatta countdowns as well as a tide timer.

Over the years, a number of luxury watch brands have also shown their ability to create timepieces for competitive sailing and other nautical activities. Here are a few that would make perfect companions for sailors on the open seas.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

Few watch brands have had such a strong linkage to sailing like Rolex. Sponsors of races like Hong Kong’s Rolex China Sea Race and the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race in Australia, the brand certainly has established credentials in the world of sailing. Rolex also has the only chronograph in the world, which boasts a mechanical memory as well as a regatta countdown function. We’re talking of course about the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II, a regatta chronograph built specifically to aid sailors in navigating the high seas. The 44mm timepiece equipped with a COSC chronometer and a column-wheel chronograph is also a stunner as it features a stainless steel case with blue Cerachrom bezel.

Bremont Regatta AC Titanium

The British brand has enjoyed a strong partnership with the America’s Cup and specifically with 2013 champions, Oracle Team USA. The brand is also the timing partner to the Henley Royal Regatta held in the UK. But it is Bremont’s link to the America’s Cup that has allowed the brand to create several themed timepieces that cater to the demands of sailors. The Bremont Regatta AC Titanium is one such example featuring a custom Bremont automatic movement with a 42 hour power reserve, tucked within a 43mm Satin titanium case. The key features of the timepiece are its 15 minute and a 5 minute countdown displays as well as its 12 hour counter and a date function, which is rarely seen on most regatta movements.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta Chronograph

Its partnership with the Artemis Racing team from Sweden helped Ulysse Nardin in designing this exquisite piece. Tapping the expertise of the seasoned sailors, the brand created this ground-breaking regatta chronograph, which is equipped with a sweep countdown timer that can be set from 1 to 10 minutes. The Marine Regatta Chronograph also boasts a bi-directional chronograph counter that automatically begins timing the race once the countdown is complete, eliminating the need to press the restart button. Nestled within the 44mm stainless steel case and powering the functions is a Caliber UN-155 movement, which also delivers a three-day power reserve.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta

To ensure it’s able to keep up to the demands of sailing, Maurice Lacroix equipped its Ponto S with a regatta function. This comes courtesy of a dial now featuring a countdown window nestled between 10 and 2 o’clock. The Pontos S Regatta features a 45mm case made out of forged carbon and is powered by a self-winding ML162 calibre. The timepiece also features rhodium plated hands with luminescent coating with the minute hand sporting a white tip and the red central chronograph seconds in orange, each set against a black sunburst dial for optimal visibility.

Panerai Luminor Regatta Chrono Flyback

Although more renowned for their dive watches, the brand has produced its own dedicated yachting watch owing to its sponsorship of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. It was also the official timekeeper of the 35th America’s Cup. As such the brand has produced several regatta-inspired timepieces over the years such as the Panerai Luminor Regatta Chrono Flyback. Featuring a lightweight 47mm brushed titanium case, the model is outfitted with an-house automatic P.9100/R calibre, which powers the flyback chronograph as well as the user-friendly regatta countdown function.

Mankind’s link with sailing dates back to ancient times. Predominantly used as a means of transport and for trade, the advancement of charts and navigation soon paved the way for explorers to set sail for the open seas. That spirit of adventure exists till this very day and it lies at the very core of every regatta or sailing event held.

Unlike most sporting competitions, regattas truly push the concept of man against the elements. At its core, the event is a race against time over vast oceans and seas. And over the years, each event has gained recognition and prestige, resulting in a growth of popularity well beyond the sailing community.

Events such as the Volvo Ocean Race, held every three years, challenge sailing teams to race across the globe, often taking months to complete. The America’s Cup –a key event since 1983 – has become a globally watched event pitting a worthy challenger against a defending champion for sailing honours.

Sailing, at its core, has to do with timing and precision, two elements synonymous with timepieces. This is why there has always been a deep association with the sailing world and the world of watchmaking. The Heuer Mereograph from the 1950s is one of the first examples of a timepiece created specifically for the regatta arena. It featured both a chronograph with sub-dials marked for regatta countdowns as well as a tide timer.

Over the years, a number of luxury watch brands have also shown their ability to create timepieces for competitive sailing and other nautical activities. Here are a few that would make perfect companions for sailors on the open seas.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

Few watch brands have had such a strong linkage to sailing like Rolex. Sponsors of races like Hong Kong’s Rolex China Sea Race and the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race in Australia, the brand certainly has established credentials in the world of sailing. Rolex also has the only chronograph in the world, which boasts a mechanical memory as well as a regatta countdown function. We’re talking of course about the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II, a regatta chronograph built specifically to aid sailors in navigating the high seas. The 44mm timepiece equipped with a COSC chronometer and a column-wheel chronograph is also a stunner as it features a stainless steel case with blue Cerachrom bezel.

Bremont Regatta AC Titanium

The British brand has enjoyed a strong partnership with the America’s Cup and specifically with 2013 champions, Oracle Team USA. The brand is also the timing partner to the Henley Royal Regatta held in the UK. But it is Bremont’s link to the America’s Cup that has allowed the brand to create several themed timepieces that cater to the demands of sailors. The Bremont Regatta AC Titanium is one such example featuring a custom Bremont automatic movement with a 42 hour power reserve, tucked within a 43mm Satin titanium case. The key features of the timepiece are its 15 minute and a 5 minute countdown displays as well as its 12 hour counter and a date function, which is rarely seen on most regatta movements.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta Chronograph

Its partnership with the Artemis Racing team from Sweden helped Ulysse Nardin in designing this exquisite piece. Tapping the expertise of the seasoned sailors, the brand created this ground-breaking regatta chronograph, which is equipped with a sweep countdown timer that can be set from 1 to 10 minutes. The Marine Regatta Chronograph also boasts a bi-directional chronograph counter that automatically begins timing the race once the countdown is complete, eliminating the need to press the restart button. Nestled within the 44mm stainless steel case and powering the functions is a Caliber UN-155 movement, which also delivers a three-day power reserve.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Regatta

To ensure it’s able to keep up to the demands of sailing, Maurice Lacroix equipped its Ponto S with a regatta function. This comes courtesy of a dial now featuring a countdown window nestled between 10 and 2 o’clock. The Pontos S Regatta features a 45mm case made out of forged carbon and is powered by a self-winding ML162 calibre. The timepiece also features rhodium plated hands with luminescent coating with the minute hand sporting a white tip and the red central chronograph seconds in orange, each set against a black sunburst dial for optimal visibility.

Panerai Luminor Regatta Chrono Flyback

Although more renowned for their dive watches, the brand has produced its own dedicated yachting watch owing to its sponsorship of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. It was also the official timekeeper of the 35th America’s Cup. As such the brand has produced several regatta-inspired timepieces over the years such as the Panerai Luminor Regatta Chrono Flyback. Featuring a lightweight 47mm brushed titanium case, the model is outfitted with an-house automatic P.9100/R calibre, which powers the flyback chronograph as well as the user-friendly regatta countdown function.