IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chrono Volvo Ocean Race
The famous Schaffhausen watchmaker has entered the world of ocean racing. Its latest chronograph is the result of an official partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race series 2011-2012.
It’s also a title sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Sailing Team, but IWC CEO Georges Kern is at pains to stress that a policy of strict impartiality will ensure no possible conflict of interest.
In creating the new watch, the designers have incorporated two materials now commonplace in these high-tech wonders of the waves: titanium (for the case) and carbonfibre (the dial). Inside this space-age confection lies an in-house calibre 89361 movement which can be seen through the sapphire crystal clear back. With a heavy rotor supplying power in either direction, the watch has a 68-hour power reserve and its chronograph function mixes tradition with modernity.
At 12 o’clock you will see a small, sub-dial ‘regatta countdown timer’, an invaluable aid for the serious ocean racer.
Text: Classic Driver