In October 2014, the 12th Volvo Ocean Race officially launched in Alicante, Spain. This world’s toughest sailing event has attracted many top sailing athletes to participate, and its route covers the world with a mileage of 39,000 miles (71,745 kilometers). For the second time, Schaffhausen IWC is the official timekeeper of the event and sponsors the ADOR team, each crew is equipped with a Portuguese marine elite chronograph (Ref. IW390216).
On June 27, 2015, the Volvo Ocean Race will usher in the final race in Gothenburg, Sweden. Schaffhausen IWC will auction the Portuguese sailing elite chronograph watch that accompanied the two Olympic silver medalists and IOR Walker, the leader of the ADOR sailing team. The auction is organized by the Italian online auction platform ‘charity stars’ and ends on June 23. The proceeds will be used to support the Lawrence Sports Charity Foundation. Successful bidders will not only receive watches worn by Ian Walker, they will also be invited to participate in the final match in Gothenburg, Sweden.
At that time, the new watch owner will board the ADOR fleet Azzam, witness the grand finale in-port race, participate in the sailing team celebrations, and have the opportunity to meet and exchange with the ADOR fleet and Schaffhausen IWC representatives. Fans interested in this can sign up via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The entire proceeds of the auction will be used to improve the lives of children and adolescents in need around the world. Through this charity auction, Schaffhausen IWC fulfilled its long-term commitment to the Lawrence Sports Foundation.
Portuguese Marine Elite Chronograph (Ref. IW390216)
This is the second marine elite chronograph specially designed by Schaffhausen to cooperate with Volvo Ocean Race. It is limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide. The watch is equipped with the IWC 89361 movement (one of the most modern and most robust chronograph movements), with a flyback function. The accumulated time can be up to 12 hours, which is displayed by the hands in the sub-dial.
The dial pointer and the time mark are coated with a luminescent luminous layer. In order to cope with the extreme racing environment, Schaffhausen IWC has made a 360-degree oscillating weight based on the steering wheel of a sailboat. The sapphire crystal back can be used for precise operation at a glance. In addition, the outer ring on the bottom of the watch is engraved with the words ‘Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Ocean Racer · One Out of 1000’. The case of this watch is made of stainless steel and has a water resistance of 6 bar (approximately 60 meters).