Thursday, June 11, 2015

IWC Schaffhausen Auctions Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” Watch That Sailed Around the World

IWC Schaffhausen is exclusively offering a Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” that has been tested on the high seas at the online-only auctioneers CharityStars. The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer is embracing the forthcoming finale of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014–15 as an opportunity to support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation with the entire proceeds from the auction. Ian Walker, Skipper of the IWC-sponsored Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) sailing team, has been wearing the watch for the last nine months, during which his team have been battling it out with their rivals under the most extreme conditions. The highest bidder will be invited to attend the grand finale and prize-giving ceremony in Gothenburg and meet the ADOR team.

In October 2014, seven teams of the best sailors in the world set sail on the world’s toughest yacht-racing challenge covering a distance of nearly 39,000 miles, or 71,745 kilometres, around the globe. IWC Schaffhausen, returning for a second edition as Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race and sponsor of the ADOR team, provided each member of the latter with a Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” (Ref. IW390216).
In support of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, IWC Schaffhausen will exclusively auction off the watch which two-time Olympic silver medallist and Skipper of the ADOR team, Ian Walker, was wearing during the gruelling round-the-world sailing odyssey, which comes to a close on 27 June 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The auction is conducted by the online fundraising platform CharityStars until 23 June 2015 on their website www.charitystars.com. The auction package includes the watch worn by Skipper Ian Walker and an invitation to the grand finale of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014–15 in Gothenburg. The new owner of the watch will be part of the festivities, participate in a sailing session on board Azzam, the ADOR boat, witness the in-port race and have the opportunity to speak with the ADOR sailing team and IWC representatives. Those interested in bidding for the watch can sign up to participate in the auction via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

With the auction, IWC Schaffhausen is strengthening its long-term commitment to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, to which the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer is donating the entire proceeds from the auction to help support children and young people in need across the globe.

The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” with its beautifully laid-out silver-plated dial and blued numerals, hands and indices is the second Yacht Club model dedicated to the partnership between IWC and the Volvo Ocean Race and is available in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. Featuring the IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement, the eye-catching timepiece has one of the most modern and robust chronograph movements available, featuring a flyback function and aggregate timing of up to 12 hours shown on an analogue display with two hands in a subdial. It is water-resistant to 6 bar and is the only Portugieser model with crown protection as well as luminescent hands and indices.

Equipped with these technical features, the watch is a reliable partner in any situation. In an allusion to extreme sailing, the 360-degree rotor is modelled on a ship’s wheel and is visible through the sapphire-glass case back. Engraved on the outer ring of the back cover is “IWC PORTUGIESER YACHT CLUB OCEAN RACER • ONE OUT OF 1000”. The timepiece is housed in a stainless-steel case and supplied with a black rubber strap featuring an alligator leather inlay.

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