A high quality sailing watch is required for hitting the start line on time. When you are racing amongst 30 professional boats, ease of use and speed are extremely important factors. Your timepiece needs to have a large clear display which can be read at a glance, as well as large buttons that can be set quickly – even with cold hands. Marine watches are typically water resistant to alteast 100 meters and feature quick reset functions to start the countdown. A digital compass, tide graph and a baromoter are prerequisites of an efficient sailing watch complimented by long battery life, backlight and moon data function.
Here is a list of the top sailing and yachting watches that delivers precision and charisma to the sailor in you.
This Eric Tabarly regatta chronograph combines simplicity and modernity, quality and sportmanship. With an Isa 8270 swiss movement, specially developed for sea world lovers, this chronograph has some specific features as count-down function, with intermediate alarms to help you to be the first on the starting line. Another specific function is the fact it begins the timing of the race automatically after the count-down phases. Another feature is the separate alarm function. It is fitted with an unscratchable sapphire crystal in a stainless steel case. It comprises of a 96 hour racing timer that starts automatically at the end of the countdown. The Regatta is also available with a black synthetic rubber strap. Water resistance is up to 100 meters.
Price – USD 600
The new Extreme Sailing Regatta in particular offers exceptional value; it’s a clean, functional and good-looking watch that appears far more expensive than it is. The Sailing features a 44mm stainless steel case that has squared-off proportions and short strap lugs. It’s water-resistant to 300 metres, so it is a useable dive watch that won’t be bothered by a trip to the pool. The design is simple but very nicely done – while measuring a pretty substantial 44mm, it wears really comfortably owing to the short strap lugs and square shape. It’s a big watch that can be worn by anyone; it will fit any wrist size with ease. The case is well finished, with some angular detailing on the sides and a nice mix of polished and brushed portions.The caseback has an exhibition window to show off the movement, a Selitta calibre automatic modified and decorated by Alpina.
Price – USD 2,300
Swiss Watch Manufacturer Alpina Genève has a long history of sponsoring various yacht regattas in the Mediterranean to support the Alpina Sailing Collection. Its star product is an automatic chronograph with regatta start function. Alpina developed this regatta caliber AL-880 in-house, based on the Sellita SW500 chronograph movement. The caliber is encapsulated in a stainless steel 30 ATM water-resistant case with rotating bezel. Currently, Alpina is the only watchmaker offering such an easy to read automatic regatta caliber. People operating a racing boat don’t have time to look at little hands, so the circle and color system makes seeing how much time you have left at a glance fairly simple. All Alpina Sailing timepieces are available on rubber strap, metal bracelet or metal mesh bracelet, for absolute comfort and security in the most extreme situations.
Price – USD 3,000
Muhle Glashutte 29er
Mühle-Glashütte is probably one of the lesser-known German watch manufacturers based in the storied town of Glashütte but their watches have a unique look and style that can’t be mistaken for any other brand. It’s not easy to choose a favorite Mühle-Glashütte wristwatch, but the 29er sailing watch hit all the right buttons, with a
perfect combination of sport and dress style. Mühle-Glashütte watches are made in Germany by a company who specializes in “Nautische Instrumente” – nautical instruments and timekeeping systems for ships with a focus on clarity and precision. It weighs a hefty 165 grams with the two links gone and it measures 42.5 mm across and 11.5 mm tall. The case and bracelet are all stainless steel. The case sides and lugs are brushed and the bracelet is also lightly brushed, just enough to remove the polish. The bezel on top and bottom are polished for a nice offset and they match the diamond-cut raised stainless steel indices on the dial. Hour markers and hands are coated finely in Super LumiNova.The 29er is available with either a black or white face, with a leather strap or bracelet.
Price – USD 3,000.
Tutima Yachting Chronograph
The history of the Tutima brand began in Glashütte, a mythical city of horology whose name is known all over the globe as a byword for the best and most exclusive timepieces in the world. The name Tutima derives from the Latin word tutus, tutissima, which means “safe” or “protected.” The choice of brand name was fitting for timepieces guaranteeing precision and reliability.The Tutima Yachting chronograph is powered by the Automatic Lemania caliber 5100 with shock resistant anti-magnetism. The functionality includes a 12 hour , 60 minute sweep and 60 second sweep counters. Integrated large buttons cased in a pure titanium case protected by anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The Tutima has a solid pure titanium bracelet, clasp outfitted with security buckle and integrated extension. Water resistance is up to 20 bars. The Tutima Yachting Chronograph makes the suitable companion on a sailing venture.
Price – USD 6,500
Corum Admiral’s Cup Challenger
Corum is a Swiss watch brand with heritage, yet it always attracted a specific type of customer. Known for their association with the sailing sport, the unique form factor and design of Corum watches, resulted in the brand not becoming too widely known, especially among a younger demographic, but that might be about to change.With the new Corum Admiral’s Cup Challenger 44 Chrono Rubber we can see work with a younger consumer. The automatic CO 753 movement, certified by the COSC, is held in a 44mm-diameter case. The sporty looks, rubber straps and choice of color communicates sport, design and fashion. The Admiral’s Cup Challenger 44 Chrono Rubber is water-resistant to 30 meters for the white versions and to 100 meters for all the others. The rubber case and matching straps have a matte finish and a velvet-like feel. The Corum Chrono Rubber comes in black, military green and orange. In 1987, the House became involved in the competition with its first boat – ‘Corum 1’, and participated in the Admiral’s Cup. In 1989, Corum partnered with the Bènètaux Shipyards for the construction of ‘Corum II’, the brand’s second racing yacht. The House followed up with successive sponsorships of regattas in America with the Classic Yacht Regatta, in Asia with the Corum China Sea Race and the Corum Japan Cup, while also partnering the Kiele Week in Germany and many other world-class competitions.
Price – USD 8,100
Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 Flyback Regatta
Officine Panerai is continuing its traditional association with the world of sailing, now playing an ever more important role in a competition in which the most beautiful period yachts line themselves up in the most celebrated Mediterranean locations. As usual, Panerai is celebrating this important event by producing an appropriate Special Edition: the Luminor 1950 Flyback Regatta.Compared to the Luminor 1950 Flyback in the catalogue, this edition has a dial with Clous de Paris decoration, with its subsidiary dials in relief enhancing the central part of the dial itself. The chronograph counters have a smooth finish and they are sunk slightly below the level of the main dial, balancing the outer flange with its tachymeter scale for measuring speed. The black background provides perfect legibility for the luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers, as well as the baton hour and minute hands and the hands of the chronograph minute counter and continuous seconds dial, which are located at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock respectively.On the dial the names Luminor and Panerai are accompanied by the word “Regatta” in cursive script, an inscription unique to this model, and “Flyback”. The latter is a term which refers to a special technical function of the Panerai calibre OP XIX, an automatic movement with a column wheel system controlling the chronograph functions. Water resistance is up to 100 meters.
Price – USD 10,000
Corum “Jules Verne” Admiral’s Cup
Corum has awarded special edition watches to the new winners of the Jules Verne Trophy, a timed non-stop sailing trip around the world. As partner and Official Timekeeper of the sailing adventure, Corum supported the 14 crew members of the Maxi Banque Populaire V as they set a new reference time of 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, 53 seconds. The Jules Verne Trophy is a prize for the fastest round the world trip, open to crews of any size and with no restrictions on the yacht used. To successfully take on the challenge the team must follow a set route without stops or help, propelled only by natural forces. Corum describes the watch as a “powerful symbol that is destined to be a reliable, lifelong companion.” The Trophee Jules Verne 2011-2012 is a special edition of the Admirals Cup Seafender 48 Chrono Centro, featuring an engraving of the sailing route on the case back, and the record breaking time on the side of the case. The crew members’ watches were also personalised with their names. A sprinkling of yellow accents reveals the character of this timepiece – the index indicating the date in a large window, the minute-circle index and the chronograph minute hand. Even the mechanical self-winding movement visible through the sapphire crystal is enhanced by a specific finish, since the oscillating weight is also black PVD-coated. This chronograph is chronometer-certified by the COSC, a sure token of precision and reliability.Water-resistant to 300 meters, the Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Chrono Centro is fitted with a black leather strap with textile look and a titanium buckle.
Price – USD 11,000.
Louis Vuitton America Cup Regatta
The Tambour Regatta America’s Cup Automatic is a limited, numbered edition celebrating Louis Vuitton’s long association with the America’s Cup , for whose 34th competition it is the official timer. The America’s Cup logo appears on the bold black and red dial of this high performance timepiece, which features an innovative design in steel overmolded with rubber and an array of advanced regatta functions. The case diameter is 44 mm cased in steel and runs on a LV 171 caliber automatic movement. Another feature of this timepiece is the 30-minute choronograph with 5 minute countdown function. Hand are luminescent protected by a sapphire glass with reflection-proof coating , waterproof up to 100 meters.
Price – USD 11,600
The name of the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph harks back to the legendary Yacht Club Automatic of the 1960s and 70s, an ocean-going watch so excellent that it became one of IWC’s most successful watches ever. The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph has all the precision of a nautical instrument in its genes and boasts a wealth of advanced tech-nical features. Powered by the rugged IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement and water-resistant to 6 bar, the chronograph makes no secret of its sporting credentials with a fly- back function, an additional flange with quarter-second calibration for recording short periods of time and an analogue display for longer stop times on a subdial. The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph is the only Portuguese model to feature crown protection along with luminescent hands and indices. It is available in stainless steel with a black or silver-plated dial and in red gold with a slate-coloured dial and black totalizers. It is supplied with a rubber strap, making it the perfect companion for water sports of all kinds.
Price – USD 12,500 – 23,000
Harry Winston Ocean Sport Chrono
Filling a bridge between their more traditional collections and the horological fireworks of the Harry Winston Opus series, Ocean Sport is a surprisingly technical and quirky, and even contemporary, set of watches for a company that is still perceived to be ‘all about the diamonds’. One detail that sets Ocean Sport apart is that the cases are all made from Zalium a hypoallergenic, titanium-based alloy exclusive to the company and meant to recall Harry Winston’s early training as a chemical engineer. Zalium has previously been used in small quantities at Harry Winston, in part because the alloy is extremely difficult to machine thanks to both its hardness and the relatively low temperature at which it burns. Obviously enough, the alloy is secondary to the design in creating the contemporary feel of the Ocean Sport, though the lightness helps. The mechanical part of the watch is based on an automatically winding movement, decked in Clous de Paris style, with graphic cut-outs that “draw the eye to the display mechanisms”. In fact, the watch sports a 42 hour power reserve to ensure it runs smoothly.The men’s watches have multi-layered dials, superluminova details and strong 44mm two-tone bezels plus a maximum 200-meter water resistance. In terms of looks, it sports charcoal tones, light grey and white hues with blue spots. The gorgeous Harry Winston Ocean Sport Chronograph will be available in a limited edition of just 300 units.
Rolex has enjoyed a privileged relationship with the sea and those who venture out into its uncharted waters. The mariner’s spirit and philosophy, whether in a yacht or a submarine, mirrors the values that Rolex holds dear: excellence, precision and team spirit. Rolex’s partnership with yacht racing began in the late 1950s’, nearly half a century ago. The Yacht-Master II, designed to meet the needs of professional sailors, is the first complication built with a patented programmable countdown and mechanical memory. This ensures perfect synchronisation with the start of any regatta. The 44 mm Yacht-Master II, presented here in 18 carat Everose Rolesor, features a bezel with a blue Cerachrom disc. Water resistance is up to 100 meters.
Parmigiani although may have been in the business for little less than 16 years, but their integrated manufacturing capacities exceed even old timers. Located in Switzerland, the brand has an in-house production unit which is an applaudable fact since only watch makers with decades old heritage have the same. Their capability of producing a timepiece from start to end at such a young age in the industry is only a reflection of their strong values and dedication. One exquisite timepiece is the Fleurier Pershing 005. Available in a stainless steel case around 45 mm in diameter with water resistance of 20 bars.The round case is finished with both polished and satin brushed surfaces. A large unidirectional rotating brushed steel bezel with triangular-shaped black vulcanized rubber notches is marked with ‘0-60’ which in conjunction with the long central second hand can be used to read the chronograph seconds, or like a traditional dive watch, it can be rotated and used as a 60-minute timer.When you turnover the timepiece, you will notice an emblem of a Pershing yacht engraved into the case back, signifying Parmigiani’s close ties to the ocean.
In 2010, Louis Vuitton offered a novel way of reading the time with the Tambour Spin Time collection. Its secret: the hours are revealed by cubes which rotated simultaneously to show either a neutral or numbered face.Building on this now iconic movement, Louis Vuitton is developing the collection with a new reference dedicated to Regattas: the Tambour Spin Time Regatta.A distinctly nautical example of pure watchmaking, the Tambour Spin Time Regatta is set in a white gold case with an alligator strap and features a red push button to activate the Regatta complication, positioned at 8 o’clock. Once on board, a simple push of the button and the “chrono” indication that appears in the 12 o’clock aperture disappears to be replaced by the word “Régate”.At the same time, the chronograph’s 30-minute counter will leap forward and move to the 5-minute countdown displayed in red in the counter. Water resistance is up to 100 meters.
Richard Mille is the official timekeeper of the Perini Navi Cup, one of the finest and most exclusive regattas in the world. Inspired by the world renowned and extraordinary sailing vessels created by the yacht builders Perini Navi of Viareggio, Italy, the RM 015 echoes the visual elements and nautical details found on these luxurious craft. The individual parts of a Richard Mille timepiece are created specifically to compliment the design concept. The Richard Mille RM 015 Perini Navi Cup is an extensively intense example of the cutting edge work being done at the Mille shop. The high-tech barrage begins at the movement plate itself where carbon nanofiber construction means better rigidity between the plate and the bridges and enhanced stability at temperature extremes. Mainspring tension is displayed on a torque indicator that’s positioned between 2 and 4 o’clock on the transparent dial. To set or wind the Perini Navi, you first engage a push-button located mid-crown to select a ‘gear’. A hand at 4 o’clock displays the selected position: ‘C’ (Carica) for winding, ‘N’ (Neutral) for wearing, and ‘L’ (Lancette) for hand setting.
The a tonneau-shaped case is exquisitely finished in 18kt gold or white gold case with a suitably impressive 48mm length x 39.3mm width x 13.84mm thickness. The brushed field of the case front contrasts nicely with the high-polish troughs which seem to form the longitude line of a globe. The transparent caseback enables a clear view of the manual winding tourbillion movement. 8 titanium spline screws hold the case together for better control of torque during assembly. The watch has a skeletonised dial with white Arabic numerals, tourque indicator at 3 o’clock, function selector between 4 and 5 o’clock, 23 jewel calibre RM015 manual-winding tourbillon movement, a 75 hour power reserve indicator between 1 and 2 o’clock, and is water resistant to 50 metres. The 3 dimensional aspect of the dial is further enhanced by the recessed deep nautical blue bezel and the white minute track. A yacht club burgee surrounded by the ‘Perini Navi Cup’ monachre floats on a badge under the glass and between 7 and 8 o’clock. This is one of the ultimate sailing watches to flaunt.