Yesterday, during a breakfast at Watches of Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin announced its partnership with highly-respected non-profit, One More Wave and introduced a limited edition Diver Deep Dive that honors the organization.
One More Wave helps wounded or disabled veterans with surf therapy to help them get back in the water by providing customized surfing equipment and assistance. Their mission to help veterans through ocean therapy resonated strongly with Ulysse Nardin, which has long-standing ties to the sea.
“I had an unforgettable first-hand experience watching the veterans in the One More Wave program in action,” said François-Xavier Hotier, President of Ulysse Nardin Americas. Mr. Hotier had been introduced to One More Wave by a friend of his, subsequently meeting Kyle Buckett, Managing Director of One More Wave, while visiting the U.S Navy SEAL Training Camp in Coronado, Calif. “Their dedication, courage, and camaraderie are inspiring and we hope to bring more awareness to this important work.”
Ulysse Nardin’s deep-rooted connection to the U.S. Navy stems from 1905 when Ulysse Nardin won a competition to create the most precise marine chronometer and subsequently became the official supplier to the American Navy, making this a perfect partnership.
In addition to a financial contribution, Ulysse Nardin hopes to bring awareness and raise funds for the organization through the launch of the Diver Deep Dive “One More Wave.” The timepiece features a striking yellow and black design, with a black DLC titanium case and 1000m water resistance. The case-back is engraved with the “One More Wave” logo to signify the partnership. Members of OMW designed the limited edition timepiece as a watch that would stand up to the highly variable pressures experienced while surfing, while also subtly reflecting the founders’ background in amphibious warfare.
“Surfing is actually one of the most effective therapies we’ve ever found for combating depression as well as post-traumatic stress,” says Kyle Buckett. “When veterans are in the ocean environment, they are completely in the moment and can escape from their injuries and traumas. It’s our job to put them out there with the right equipment and tie them in with the growing community of surfing veterans.”