Around the world, The Ocean Race, which takes about six months to sail and takes teams into some of the most treacherous waters on Earth, is currently stopping in Newport, RI where teams can rest and replenish supplies before moving on to the next leg of the journey. Coming to Newport as the winner of Itajai (Brazil) to the Newport leg of the race was 11.th Hour Racing Team. It is interesting that the Swiss watch brand Ulysse Nardin is an official partner during the Ocean Race and a sponsor on the 11thth Hour Racing Team. To celebrate, the brand has just unveiled a new Ocean Race Diver Chronograph watch.
The Ulysse Nardin Ocean Race Diver Chronograph celebrates the fact that this year’s Ocean Race marks the 50th.thanniversary. The Ocean Race first started as the Whitbread Round the World Race, then became the Volvo Ocean Race and is now the Ocean Race for the 2022-23 edition. Not only is Ulysse Nardin the official timekeeper of the race, responsible for the timing of the various stages, the total time and the start countdown, but it is also a partner of the 24-hour Speed Challenge which times which crew covers the greatest distance in 14 hours. The brand is also a partner of the Time to Act program, which aims to reduce the impact of pollution and climate change.
Another initiative that is an integral part of the race and the participation of Ulysse Nardin is Racing with Purpose—an initiative founded with the main partner The Ocean Race: 11th Hour Racing. Basically 11th Hour Racing has established a sustainability program that will be incorporated into the race. The effort involves teams collecting ocean samples around the world, including some of Earth’s most isolated areas, for later analysis by scientific teams. It may be one of the largest data collections done as part of a sporting event.
According to Ulysse Nardin, the partnership with the race is a perfect fit, as both are committed to sustainability and ocean conservation – each with an emphasis on reducing marine plastic pollution through reuse. For the 2022-23 Ocean Race, which began four months ago in Spain and then continued to Cape Verde and Cape Town before heading to Brazil and Newport, all teams had to meet certain sustainability criteria when building their yachts. In addition, as the teams stop in nine cities around the world, they are dedicated to raising awareness about ocean pollution.
Ulysse Nardin Ocean Race Diver Chronograph
Celebrating environmental commitments, The Ocean Race and more, Ulysse Nardin is releasing the new The Ocean Race Diver Chronograph, which is being created in a limited edition of just 100 pieces. Crafted from black satin DLC titanium with a 44mm case, the watch is water resistant to 300 meters. The watch is a beautiful story of ocean blue and black with a sandblasted dial and blue accents on the dial, on a carbon concave unidirectional rotating bezel and pusher. The frame features carbon fiber that has been recycled from flat hull sections, reducing the environmental impact by 40 percent compared to other carbon composites. It is also very light and very durable.
The watch is powered by the Ulysse Nardin Manufacture Chronograph Caliber UN-150 which consists of 318 components including a silicone escape wheel. The complex movement is visible through the sapphire case back, which bears the number 50 in honor of this year’s Ocean Race. In addition to hours, minutes and small seconds (at 9:00), the watch offers 30-minute (at 3:00) and 12-hour (6:00) chronograph timers. It’s finished with a black rubber band that boasts a black ceramic element below 6 o’clock featuring The Ocean Race logo. It sells for $15,700.
“The new Diver celebrates this legendary sailing race, its commitment to protecting the ocean environment, and the research and marine conservation projects that Ulysse Nardin is proud to support,” says Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin.
On Sunday, May 21, the teams set sail from Newport for the transatlantic race to Europe, passing through three more cities before finishing in Genoa, Italy, at the end of June.
Forbes – Lifestyle