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