IWC Schaffhausen has announced that it will be celebrating the forthcoming finale of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 by auctioning a Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” timepiece that has been tested on the high seas.
The proceeds from the watch, which has been worn by Ian Walker, Skipper of the IWC-sponsored Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) sailing steam, will be used to support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The charity helps support children and young people in need around the world.
“We dedicated this distinctly masculine sports watch to the teams’ sporting spirit and their commitment to extreme racing,” says IWC CEO Georges Kern.
Having been worn by Walker over the past nine months, the timepieces will be sold through the online-only auctioneers CharityStars. The highest bidder will be invited to attend the grand finale and prize-giving ceremony in Gothenburg and meet the ADOR team. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a sailing sesson on board the Azzam, the ADOR team’s boat.
The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” is the second Yacht Club model dedicated to the partnership between Swiss watch manufacturer IWC and the Volvo Ocean Race. Available in a limited quantity of only 1,000 pieces, it is powered by an in-house caliber 89361 movement with flyback function and aggregate timing of up to 12 hours shown on an analogue display with two hands in a subdial.
It is water resistant up to a pressure of 6 bar and is engraved on the outer ring of the back cover with “IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Ocean Racer • One out of 1000”. Each timepiece is presented in a stainless-steel case and supplied with a black rubber strap featuring an alligator leather inlay.