Earlier this summer, IWC continued its participation in the all-important around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (2014-2015), and the brand sailed to success with the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing victory. IWC is a partner and Official Timekeeper of the race and also sponsors the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team (ADOR), led by Skipper and two-time Olympic silver medalist, Ian Walker. ADOR was the overall victor — declared at the final destination in Sweden.
The sailing race, one of the toughest in the world, took the teams on a nine-month, 72,000-kilometer journey to seven continents, where they made stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (USA), Lisbon (Portugal), Lorient (France) and a pit stop in The Hague (The Netherlands) before finishing in Gothenburg (Sweden).
As sponsor of the IWC 24-Hour Speed Record Challenge, IWC Schaffhausen presented every member of the ADOR crew with a Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph “Ocean Racer” (Ref. IW390216), a watch dedicated to the spirit of the sailing. The winning team covered a distance of 550.8 nautical miles in 24 hours – the best performance over the course of the entire race.
The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Ocean Racer is part of the brand's all-important Portugieser line, one of the brand's most robust and alluring collections. This watch has a diameter of 45.4 millimeters and is powered by the IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement. The self-winding chronograph features a flyback function and aggregate timing of up to 12 hours, shown by an analog display with two hands in a subdial. Just 1,000 pieces of this watch will be made. But fear not, we have many IWC Portugieser watches on hand to show you. Stop in any time — especially before your next sailing adventure.