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29th May 2015 - call comes in from David Cusworth, Director at Clipper Ventures. “Saw your watches in Snow & Rock and after a little research discovered that they must be amongst the toughest watches in the world. Exactly what we need on the worlds toughest race."
6 weeks later, the details are thrashed out, a limited edition watch has been designed and the first prototype produced, adverts are created and signed off, press releases written and agreed, photography complete and today we go live with the news that we’ve are the official timing partner for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Feels good talking about it and mountains have literally been moved to create a bespoke ltd edition with a subtle nautical nod of the cap in less than a month. I think ‘agility’ was one of those fancy words we originally used in our business plan - actually what we should have said was ‘not afraid to work nights’.
It’s a privilege to be working with such a great organisation - who take ‘everyday people’ with a spirit of adventure from all walks of life, and turn them into yachtsmen and women capable of circumnavigating the globe in a race over 40,000 miles and 11 months - surely one of the toughest challenges in the natural world.
Special edition watches are being worn by skippers and crew and we’ll be appointing one crew member as our ambassador for the entire circumnavigation. Only after looking at the course map do you realise just what an extraordinarily huge thing this is. The first leg is to Rio non stop.. London to South America would do it for most people - that’s just leg 1 of 8. The race returns to London in July 2016.
Each numbered watch has a deep etched “Crew Edition” case back presented on oiled black leather with a deployant clasp. The ltd edition box contains an additional canvas deployant strap with ‘Clipper Race’ red stitching. Limited to 1000 pieces worldwide available to pre order for delivery March 2016.
Come and see us in St Katherines dock for the launch weekend in London 29/30 August.
Excited?…. doesn’t even come close.