Bremont adds to its America’s Cup Collection with Regatta timepieces
Building on the partnership that Bremont has with the America’s Cup and ORACLE TEAM USA, the British watch company is pleased to announce the addition of new chronograph Regatta timepieces into the collection, the Regatta AC and Regatta OTUSA models.
The concept was developed through conversations with Defenders of the Cup, ORACLE TEAM USA, who stressed the importance of countdown functionality when racing. Considerable investment has been made to develop this Regatta calibre, specially designed to be used by sailors and incorporating two unique countdown Regatta chronograph movements.
The Regatta OTUSA watch movements have been designed to show a numerical 15 minute display countdown and a 5 minute start time. Furthermore, the watches have a 12 hour counter and a date function which is not only hard to integrate altogether but is also rarely seen on Regatta movements. The Regatta OTUSA will be produced in both black and white dial variants and 235 of each watch will be made.
In addition, this line bears historical significance because The carbon fibre, taken from the AC72 yacht foils, was used to defend the 2013 America’s Cup and defeat Emirates Team New Zealand. This victory was one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history which saw ORACLE TEAM USA claw back from being 7 points down and just 1 race win away from defeat. The team had to win eight consecutive races to defend the oldest trophy in international sport; they will be attempting the ‘three-peat’ in the 2017 final for the 35th America’s Cup.
Jimmy Spithill, ORACLE TEAM USA Skipper; “Naturally we have a central digital clock on the boat but every sailor still likes to have the time on his wrist and before a race the countdown to the start is critical. It’s a really tough sport both mentally and physically and not only does the team need to make decisions under immense pressure but we need to have equipment that allows us to do so. With the countdown function being so crucial when racing out on the water we are really delighted that Bremont has invested in this for us and it’s incredibly special for me that the watches also incorporate some of our winning AC72 which I skippered in 2013.”
The Bremont Regatta AC timepieces, available in rose gold and hardened polished steel, boast more classical styling and an adapted movement to make the countdown timer better suited to the more refined dial design. This combined with the blued steel hands and polished case options tie them in beautifully with the rest of the America’s Cup watch series. Bremont will be producing 235 Regatta AC watches in the polished steel and 135 in the rose gold.
Giles English, Bremont Co-Founder; “We wanted to build a set of mechanical watches that were specifically designed for the sailing community and the Regatta function is so useful for anyone who races. Marrying functionality with design is not easy in mechanical watches, but it was important to us that the watches were built for purpose and not just for the club house. Equally we’re incredibly proud for these phenomenal athletes to be testing our watches beyond endurance in what can be one of the most challenging sporting environments.”