GONE SAIL­ING

World of Watches (Singapore) - - Basel Report | Highlights -

Take to the wa­ters in a sail­boat, but don’t for­get to leave with the Cus­tos Sea-liner Re­gata Au­to­matic on the wrist

Sail­boat rac­ing took its mod­ern form in 1930, with the idea of hav­ing “equals” of sim­i­lar boat de­signs and sizes com­pet­ing on the wa­ter, by nav­i­gat­ing a closed cir­cuit de­lim­ited by buoys in the short­est time pos­si­ble. Sailors were chal­lenged to over­come winds, cur­rents, and each other to be the first to cross a pre­de­ter­mined start line, in a process known as pre-de­par­ture. The best-po­si­tioned ves­sel will, nat­u­rally, gain a sig­nif­i­cant ad­van­tage when the race be­gins.

The pre-de­par­ture pe­riod is usu­ally five, 10, or 15 min­utes long, and the Cus­tos Sea-liner Re­gata Au­to­matic has been equipped with a re­gatta count­down timer, in­te­grated into the sub-dial at 12 o’clock, to track this. The chronograph sec­onds hand also sweeps back to mi­nus five sec­onds on de­mand, to track the fi­nal five sec­onds be­fore the start of a race. The move­ment it­self uses tung­sten and ti­ta­nium in spe­cific spots to re­duce vi­bra­tion and im­prove wind­ing ef­fi­ciency, while the os­cil­lat­ing weight is shaped like a sail­boat rud­der.

De­sign-wise, Cus­tos has im­bued the Sea-liner Re­gata Au­to­matic with var­i­ous other el­e­ments bor­rowed from sail­boats. The crown, for in­stance, is shaped like a winch that is used to ad­just a sail’s ten­sion, while the push­ers re­sem­ble moor­ing cleats. The multi-lay­ered dial, on the other hand, has blue and gold de­tail­ing over a back­ground of mar­quetry in teak wood, which was in­spired by boat decks. MOVE­MENT CVS 557 au­to­matic chronograph cal­i­bre with 42-hour power re­serve, date, and 24-hour in­di­ca­tor

CASE Gold and blue PVD steel, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 100m

STRAP Blue, white or red rub­ber with dou­ble-pusher fold­ing clasp or al­li­ga­tor leather

PRICE $38,713

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