Luxury watchmaking is often a delicate process, but that dedication to precision can produce pieces capable of facing the toughest of challenges. In October 2014, seven teams of the best sailors in the world hit the surf for the world’s toughest yacht-racing challenge. The grueling Volvo Ocean Race covers a distance of 39,000 miles, and Official Timekeeper IWC Schaffhausen is auctioning off a Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” that has survived every unforgiving mile.
The special timepiece has been worn by two-time Olympic silver medalist and Skipper of the IWC-sponsered Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team Ian Walker, and has weathered every stage of the race. The winning bidder will be invited to attend the grand finale and prize-giving ceremony taking place on June 25-28 in Gothenburg. There, the new owner of the watch will be given a sailing session on Azzam, the ADOR boat, witness the in-port race and have an opportunity to speak with the sailing team and IWC representatives.
“We dedicated this distinctly masculine sports watch to the teams’ sporting spirit and their commitment to extreme racing,” says IWC CEO Georges Kern.
The watch will be auctioned off in support of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation by online fundraising platform CharityStars until June 23. The entire proceeds of the event will support needy children across the globe.