Thursday, March 3, 2016

Champion free diver Christian Redl wears an Edox Chronoffshore-1 watch during his world record dive under a frozen Austrian alpine lake

Champion free diver Christian Redl set a world record after plunging under a frozen Austrian alpine lake on Friday February 26 - and boutique Swiss watchmaker Edox was with him every bone-chilling step of the way.

Perfect timing was critical in the "Iceman’s" successful attempt to free swim - that is without an oxygen tank - 200 m under the ice of Lake Weissensee, high in the Austrian alps. Redl’s 2 mm-thick Neoprene wetsuit insulated him from the numbing cold of 2°C water but his Edox Chronoffshore-1, a watch engineered to withstand the most extreme of conditions, also played a pivotal role as he swam in the gloom under the ice.
Water-resistant to 500 m, this 45 mm beauty with its black PVD-coated case is a striking example of a modern diver’s watch. The Chronoffshore-1 sports a black ceramic bezel with striking yellow-green markings and a slick, modern face that’s highly legible underwater.
The extra-thick 3 mm sapphire crystal gives the Edox Chronoffshore-1 an added layer of "toughness" that ensures no matter how difficult the environment the watch will still function perfectly.

Redl’s ice dive was a dangerous undertaking (rescue crews were close at hand in case anything went wrong) but it was exactly the type of cutting edge adventure the 40-yearold Austrian and the Les Genevez based Edox have relished since they teamed up in 2010.Redl’s free dives to all corners of the world, including a world-first plunge under the North Pole, are the ultimate test for man and timepiece.

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