Developed with excellent shock resistance and water resistant to 100 metres, the Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team Chronograph embodies the alliance between the worlds of competitive sailing and luxury watchmaking, not only in the choice of materials but also in its functions and design. Designed with America’s Cup regattas in mind, the timepiece has a “flyback” chronograph function as well as a 10-minute countdown function, both in keeping with the 11-minute race start rule. The dial reflects the nautical world, with counter hands shaped like the prow of a ship, the Alinghi logo at 3 o’clock and bright red accents to enhance the sporting spirit of this exceptional timepiece. These details were met with great enthusiasm by the guests at the Audemars Piguet press conference.
The lucky few were able to admire the Royal Oak Offshore Alinghi Team chronograph in the presence of certain members of the Alinghi team. Rolf Vrolijk, the main architect of the sailboat, helmsman Peter Holmberg, first mate Bernard Labro, as well as members of the ground staff, Damian Weiss, Pedro das Neves and Mark Newbrook, were all present at the press conference held on 2 March.
They were happy to answer the journalists’ questions and gave them precious sailing tips before the guests boarded the Alinghi Academy vessels for a hands-on experience of regattas with 5 to 6 crew members. The aim of the exercise was to gain a first-hand experience of pre-race emotions, forge a true team spirit between the members of each crew and obtain an inside view of the Alinghi world. A sumptuous gala dinner then brought this memorable day to a close.