The seas and the seas’ best outfitters finally come together, with Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin becoming the official timekeeper of The Ocean Race, one of the toughest and most dangerous sailing races in the world.
The Ocean Race is a round-the-world sailing race that has taken place every three or four years since 1973. The 14th chapter of this iconic series will begin on January 15, 2023 from Alicante, Spain. The new partnership comes just a year before the start of the first stage and it should be an exciting one given the rich synergy and prestige shared between the race and the watchmaker.
Ulysse Nardin has had some of the strongest ties to the maritime world since its founding in 1846. Their foray into timekeeping instruments is linked to the first generations of exploration of the sea which led to the invention of their very first chronometer. Marine. This search for efficient marine tools would lay the foundation for the generations of Ulysse Nardin timekeeping instruments that would follow, including its most illustrious watches made today.
In its current role as official timing partner of The Ocean Race, Ulysse Nardin will be responsible for all official race timings, including start countdowns, stage timings and finishes. Furthermore, Ulysse Nardin will be at the heart of the 24h Speed Challenge.
Beyond his role as official timekeeper, Ulysse Nardin will also be the race’s Time to Act partner, committing to the responsible use and conservation of the world’s ocean.
Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin, says: “The sea has always been part of our world and exploration has always been our spearhead.
“Every day, Ulysse Nardin pushes the limits in all areas: technique, design and innovation. Now we are bringing the same intensity to sustainability as well.
Richard Brisius, Race Chairman of The Ocean Race, added: “As sailors, we have absolute respect for the ocean and we have found these same values in Ulysse Nardin, who has a long heritage with sailors and the sea. .
“We asked them to be our timekeepers. In addition to the sporting aspect of our partnership, Ulysse Nardin will help us keep pace with the sustainable initiatives we are putting in place.
“Through our Racing with Purpose program, developed in conjunction with founding partner 11th Hour Racing, we are getting involved in a race to restore our blue planet. A Ulysse Nardin watch is a timepiece of excellence, which by nature has a lasting future, passed down from generation to generation.
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