PRE­CI­SION MA­NOEU­VRES

This year, a ground­break­ing re­gatta func­tion by Ulysse Nardin of­fers avid yachts­men the ad­van­tage of time. TIME

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Time - By Ken­neth tan

Rare are bi-di­rec­tional chrono­graph mech­a­nisms, for the sim­ple rea­son that time is usu­ally read in lin­ear clock­wise fash­ion. How­ever, in the con­text of a re­gatta, a count­down timer is highly nec­es­sary, for the skip­per to op­ti­mise their jock­ey­ing for a po­si­tion clos­est to the start­ing line.

Ulysse Nardin, as the of­fi­cial part­ner of sailing team Artemis Rac­ing for the 35th Amer­ica’s Cup, recog­nised this ba­sic ne­ces­sity and brought fa­mous yachts­men Loick Pey­ron and Iain Percy of team Artemis to the de­vel­op­ment table in the cre­ation of this year’s watch­mak­ing opus. The re­sult is the Re­gatta Chrono­graph, which brings forth the most func­tional and thought- out re­gatta count­down timer thus far in the en­tire his­tory of re­gatta time­pieces.

“Just like our top watch­mak­ers seek pre­ci­sion with the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and in­no­va­tive ma­te­ri­als, the top sailors, who will com­pete at the 35th Amer­ica’s Cup in Ber­muda this year are sim­i­larly con­cerned with pre­ci­sion through in­no­va­tion,” says Ulysse Nardin’s CEO Pa­trik Hoff­man. This 650- com­po­nent in-house crafted move­ment equips the Ulysse Nardin Re­gatta Chrono­graph with a 10-minute count­down timer, e asily s et w ith a pusher at 10 o’clock. It also in­tro­duces the novel sec­ond hand of the chrono­graph which sig­nals the fad­ing sec­onds in coun­ter­clock­wise di­rec­tion. The mo­ment the minute count­down ex­pires, so too will the sec­ond hand which im­me­di­ately re­verses, now mov­ing in clock­wise di­rec­tion, to time the race proper. The key to this is an in­verter which en­ables the cen­tral sec­ond hand to sweep in both di­rec­tions, al­low­ing the skip­per to max­imise their pre­cious min­utes and sec­onds lead­ing up to the starter’s gun. ulysse- nardin.com ≠

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