This past weekend in Bermuda, sailing lovers were treated to the kick off of the 35th America’s Cup presented by Louis Vuitton. The competition for the oldest trophy in international sports dates back to 1851. Defending the Cup is America’s Oracle Team USA (which won the 2013 America’s Cup races and the 2010 series before that). Five challengers are now racing one another over the course of nearly a month to determine which will be the final challenger.
Luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin has been the Official Partner of challenger Artemis Racing Team throughout 2016, and continues in this role for the 2017 America’s Cup races. The Swedish contender, representing Kungliga Svenska Segel Sallskapet (KSS Royal Swedish Yacht Club), recently launched its new race yacht, Magic Blue, which was three years in the design and development stages. The new America’s Cup Class (ACC) yacht measures nearly 50 feet, features new hydraulic systems, and improved hydrofoils and rudders. The boat naturally flies the Swedish colors of yellow and blue. Nathan Outterbridge is the skipper.
Ulysse Nardin is right in its element on the water, as the brand’s DNA is inextricably tied to marine watches. As Official Partner of Artemis Racing, Ulysse Nardin unveils a series of important water-related watches, including a highly technical and superbly advanced patented Regatta watch. The groundbreaking regatta chronograph is equipped with a sweep countdown timer that can be set from 1 to 10 minutes for the critical time the crew maneuvers the boat before the starting gun. In this watch, as soon as the countdown is done, the bi-directional seconds hand starts moving clockwise and begins timing the race.
Additionally, Ulysse Nardin unveils a limited-edition Diver Chronograph Artemis Racing watch honoring the team. Created in a limited edition of 250 pieces, it features the brand’s distinctive wave pattern. The blue and yellow dial also features engravings of the Artemis Racing catamaran. It is water resistant to 200 meters. Stop in any time to see our collection of Ulysse Nardin water-related marine watches.