THE SWIRLING WORLD OF THE OPEN SEAS, SAILING THE SEVEN OCEANS, DEEP-SEA DIVING – THE VAST INKY BLUE EXPANSE THAT MAKES UP THE MAJORITY OF OUR PLAN- ET HOLDS AN ENDURING ATTRACTION. THE 535,137,457 CUBIC KILOMETRES OF WATER ON THE PLANET EXERTS A PROFOUND PULL ON THE HUMAN SPIRIT AND SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL IT’S COMPELLED PEOPLE TO TAKE TO THE WAVES AND EXPLORE. WHETHER YOU’RE BRAVING THE ELEMENTS AND CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE GLOBE OR LEISURELY ISLAND HOPPING IN THE SUN, ONE VITAL INSTRUMENT ANY SAILOR WORTH HIS SALT WILL BE SPORTING IS A RELIABLE NAUTICAL TIMEPIECE. NAVIGATING BY THE STARS HAS BEEN MADE REPLACED BY THE MINIATURE MARVELS WORN ON THE WRIST THAT INCLUDE BAROMETERS, CHRONOGRAPHS, COMPASSES AND MORE. SOME WATCHES CAN EVEN DETECT VARIATIONS IN PRESSURE – A CRUCIAL TOOL FOR PREDICTING VARIA- TIONS IN THE WEATHER. WHETHER YOU’RE A LONG-DISTANCE SAILOR, PROFESSIONAL YACHT RACER OR A KEEN ENTHUSIAST, THESE TIMEPIECES ARE IDEAL FOR SEA FARING.
ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL YACHT-MASTER II
Launched just 11 years ago, the Oyster Per- petual Yacht-Master II is already a firm favou- rite among seasoned sea-farers and yachting enthusiasts. Rolex is deeply connected with
a range of sports and its emblematic bond with yachting dates back some 60 years now. Rolex is currently the Title Sponsor of 15 major international events and this eminent- ly nautical watch features a unique regatta function developed by the brand.
»THE FUNCTION IS A MECHANICAL MEMORY THAT CAN BE SYNCHRONIZED ON THE MOVE, AND WHICH RESPONDS PERFECTLY TO THE NEED FOR PRECISE TIMING DURING THE CRUCIAL STARTING SEQUENCE OF A REGATTA«
It comprises a programmable countdown that whilst being technically very complex, is essentially easy to use. The function is a mechanical memory that can be synchroni- zed on the move, and which responds per- fectly to the need for precise timing during the crucial starting sequence of a regatta. Effectively it allows skippers to precisely time and follow each race’s specific official starting procedure.
The countdown’s sophisticated functions were designed to be easily set and operated and the preliminary programming of up to 10 minutes is accessed, and then locked, via the rotatable ‘Ring Command’ bezel. This innovative interaction between the movement and the bezel elevates the Yacht-Master II model to the rank of a new-generation watch and redefines the functions of the rotatable bezel. A technical feat made possible by Rolex’s in-house mastery of the entire watch design and manu- facturing process, from the case to the movement.
The case is a comman- ding presence at 44mm and is crafted from a solid block of corrosion-resistant Oystersteel or 18ct gold, with a satin and polished finish. It’s guaranteed waterproof to
a depth of 100 metres and the winding crown is fitted with the Triplock triple waterproofness system that screws down securely against the case.
The Yacht-Master II is mounted on a three-piece link bracelet equipped with a Rolex designed and patented Oysterlock safety clasp. The bracelet is additionally fitted with the Easylink comfort extension link, which allows the wearer to increase the length by 5mm so it fits over your stylish fis- herman’s jumper or rainwear. Price: €10,200.