Rolex has a long history with the sailing world for over fifty years, supporting the sport’s finest events. The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is fiercely competitive and demands consistency and determination. Rolex has been a partner of the event since 2001, and the winning team not only receives the World Championship trophy, but also a Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece (which is certainly true recognition of yachting excellence).
The 19th edition of the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship is currently underway. The event is held at a different venue each year, and following last year’s championship in Long Beach, US, the 2016 edition moves 7,500 miles across the Pacific to Sydney, Australia.
The Rolex Farr 40 World's became a major force in grand-prix racing, where victory is purely down to the skill of the sailors. Initially launched in 1997, the Farr 40 has been regarding as a unique meeting of business and sailing elites. The class rules were devised to create a level playing field where winning depends on the performance of the crew more than the design of the equipment. The yacht owners must skipper their own craft, and the rules require that the boats and total weight be equal. The crew of the 12 boats entered must work together extremely well and the race will be quite intense!
In yacht racing there are crucial decisions to be made with split-second precision. Rolex recognised the need to create a timepiece with this in mind. The Rolex Yacht-Master was first introduced in 1992 with the model 16628 in 18-carat yellow gold. Due to popularity of The Submariner, Rolex developed another watch around the nautical theme. Like other Rolex sports watches, the Yacht-Master was designed to face extreme conditions.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II was first introduced in 2007, and its regatta countdown function was developed exclusively for Rolex. This was such an an important feature due to the need for very precise timing during the crucial starting sequence of a regatta. It is extremely precise and provides synchronisation with the starting sequence of a yacht race.
Today, the latest Yacht-Master II ref.116681 looks as stunning as ever, and certainly has that bold and distinguished marine design! For the sailing enthusiasts out there, the Rolex Yacht-Master’s Oyster case is 44 mm in diameter. This is a little bigger compared to 40 mm for the original Rolex Yacht-Master. After the first Yacht-Master was made by Rolex, in 1994 as well as releasing a lady’s model (ref.69628) they sold a mid-size man's model too (ref. 68628). This the first time Rolex had issued a smaller professional size watch.
If you still fancy a smaller timepiece, a Rolex Yacht-Master may be for you. The Yacht-Master is much more casual, perhaps at home on the open sea as well as on land in an elegant yacht club lounge. There is certainly a design for every taste. We particularly like the Yacht-Master 37 mm in Everose gold (ref. 268655 ). As well as being a lot smaller on the wrist, it also features the new Oysterflex bracelet, which was developed and patented by Rolex. It offers a sporty alternative to metal bracelets without compromising robustness, waterproofness or reliability. Unlike the traditional Yacht-Master that has been known for platinum bezels this new model is equipped with a black Cerachrom bezel.
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