From the tension filled start in Alicante in October 2014 to the final port of call in Gothenburg in June 2015, seven teams will be battling for victory under the most extreme conditions in the latest edition of the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race.
To celebrate the occasion, as well as being Official Timekeeper for the second year in a row, IWC Schaffhausen has released a special edition: the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer”, limited to just 1,000 watches.
IWC is also consolidating its partnership with the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team, which is also taking part in the race for the second time.
This year’s round the-world race will see the introduction of a one-design boat class: the Volvo Ocean 65, which measures over 20 metres in length. For the first time in more than 10 years, an all-female crew will be taking part, with crew members from all over the world.
In a trial of endurance lasting nine months, the teams will make nine stopovers and one pit-stop and cover a total of 38,739 nautical miles, or 71,745 kilometres. In view of the wind and weather conditions, particularly in the Southern Ocean with waves of up to 30 metres in height and wind speeds reaching 110 kilometres per hour, the race is considered one of sailing’s toughest challenges.
Befitting the unique sporting challenge, the new PortugueseYacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” (Ref. IW390216) from IWC Schaffhausen is a distinctly masculine 45.4 mm watch powered by the IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement.
The watch features a flyback function and aggregate timing of up to 12 hours, shown by an analogue display with two hands in a subdial. It is water-resistant to 6 bar and is the only Portuguese model with crown protection as well as luminescent hands and indices, making it a supremely robust chronograph. With its silver-plated dial and blued hands and indices, the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph“Ocean Racer” follows the tradition behind the Portuguese watch family which dates back all the way to the precision nautical instruments used by seafarers to discover the world.
The Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” is the sportiest model yet to emerge from IWC. While the model named simply the Yacht Club – IWC’s most successful watch of the 1960s and 70s – was a solid vessel in the current of time, the new Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” is designed to mirror the elegance of a racing yacht.
IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” (REF. IW390216) Specifications
IWC-manufactured calibre 89361(89000-calibrefamily)
Mechanical chronograph movement – Self-winding
IWC’s double-pawl winding
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 68 h
360-degree rotor in the shape of a ship’s wheel
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock
Small hacking seconds
Diameter: 45.4 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Case-back ring, engraved with “IWC PORTUGIESER YACHT CLUB OCEAN RACER • ONE OUT OF 1000”
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Silver-plated dial, blued numerals, hands and indices coated with Super LumiNova ®
Black rubber strap with alligator leather inlay, folding clasp in stainless steel