When the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series sails into its next host city this weekend, it will make history on two fronts: marking the first time Chicago has hosted the ACWS and the first time the Cup’s raced in freshwater. The thousands expected to pack Navy Pier will watch two-time defending champ Oracle Team USA battle four teams (Emirates New Zealand, Land Rover BAR Great Britain, Artemis Racing for Sweden, SoftBank Team Japan and Groupama Team France) for the America’s Cup trophy — the oldest such of any international sport. A tradition that’s even older than this Cup is the sailing watch — that waterproof, easy-to-read that has become as much a fashion statement as a tool that helps guide sailors. While Louis Vuitton functions as the overall title sponsor, British watch brand Bremont serves the role of Official Timing Partner. Expect to see both brand’s watches in full force at the event, alongside these other world-class watches, fit for a yacht.
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph 44M ETNZ
Arguably one of the best looking Seamster 300m watches ever, this special-edition Omega chronograph commemorates the Swiss watch brand’s partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand. Most notable is the addition of a five-minute regatta countdown to the 30-minute recorder at 3 o’clock — ideal for helping boats align on the starting line. Made of brushed titanium and sporting a red-lined waterproof rubber strap inspired by the boat’s sails, the bezel features a black ceramic insert with helium escape valve and boasts a striking contrast matte finish.
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Louis Vuitton Tambour Blue Chronograph
A subtle but distinctive maritime “V” signature — designed by Gaston Vuitton — informs the design of the Louis Vuitton Tambour Blue Chronograph. The steel chronograph, with its rich deep blue dial and reflection-proof sapphire glass, and available in contrasting brushed and polished metal finishes, employs an ETA 2894.2 movement with a 42-hour power reserve. The date indicator, located between the 4th and the 5th hour marker, provides the necessary functionality for a race where every second counts. Last but not least, the watch is submergible up to 100 meters.
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Bremont Regatta Oracle Team USA White
Building on its partnership as official timekeeper of the America’s Cup and Oracle Team USA, the British watch company has added four new chronograph Regatta timepieces to the collection, two of which are sportier models under the Regatta Oracle Team USA moniker. Incorporating carbon fiber from the 2013 Oracle Team USA yacht, the titanium OTUSA watch features a unique 15-minute countdown and five-minute start-time indicator. Further, a combined 12-hour chronograph and date function rarely seen on regatta watches is also standard. A limited run, the watch is produced in both black and white dial variants in an edition of 235 pieces per color.
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Bremont Oracle 1
A classic sailing watch, the Oracle 1 will be worn on the wrists of all Oracle Team USA sailors. Inspired by a military or diver’s watch, the 43mm steel timepiece, a modified take on the Supermarine, is a C.O.S.C.-certified chronometer, water resistant to 500m, and comes on a sharp red rubber strap. With less notation on the bezel and a much cleaner dial design, the time-only Oracle 1, save for a date window at 3 o’clock, features anti-shock mechanism — ideal for the physical requirements of the sport.
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Ulysse Nardin Classico Enamel America
A tribute to the groundbreaking original “America” schooner that led to the New York Yacht Club’s victory in 1851, the Ulysse Nardin Classico America is a masterful creation in white and rose gold with enamel cloisonné available in an edition of 30. Set within a 40mm dial is an authentic depiction of the America in all its glory after winning the Royal Yacht Squadron’s 100 Pound Cup. This memorable timepiece is handcrafted in-house at Donzé Cadrans, a member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies.
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Ulysse Nardin Freakwing
Packed with innovations and cutting-edge technology, Artemis Racing’s colors get stylishly adapted into the state-of-the-art FreakWing. A limited edition of 35 pieces, the titanium watch features neither hands nor traditional dial; instead, time is read off the upper bridge (minutes), inspired by the internal structure of the rigid sail, and lower bridge (hour). The texture of the rotating hours disc, meanwhile, evokes the mesh net of the multihill. The bezel and case back are forged from carbon fiber, an element that is omnipresent in high-level sailing. The date is indicated near 4 o'clock with a spinning tourbillon located in the center.