Off Site, On Court
Hats off to these two giants in the luxur y timepieces industr y: Breitling, for its ocean conser vancy, and Rolex, for forging a new prestigious partnership.
In keeping with the theme of World Environment Day last year, there was a flurry of community programmes dedicated to beating plastic pollution, including Breitling’s beach clean-up at Singapore’s East Coast Park. A whole 35 kilogrammes of trash, mostly comprising micro plastics and cigarette butts, were collected by some hundred participants, including Breitling employees, members of the media, students of the German Europe School Singapore, and the Breitling Surfers Squad. “I’ve witnessed with my own eyes, from surfing all over the world, just how serious the ocean plastic problem is,” commented Stephanie Gilmore, six-time awardee of the Women’s ASP World Tour. “But what’s amazing is that so many people are working on and talking about this issue, and everyone can make a difference,” she added.
Like the best tennis players who let their racquets do the talking, Rolex has always allowed its timepieces to speak—or rather tick—for themselves. The Swiss luxury watchmaker only backs the best, hence its allies with the cream of the crop in tennis—including the Championships in Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the US Open, and, most recently, the French Open, also known as Roland-garros. The maison will play the role of premium partner to Roland-garros in 2019 as well as official timekeeper at the Roland-garros tournament in Paris. With this alliance, Rolex now backs all four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, thus staying true to its motto: ‘A crown for all achievements.’