TAG Heuer Carrera Skipper
Arguably better known for its connection to motor racing, TAG Heuer offers a timely reminder of its legacy in yachting, which has produced some distinctive timepieces such as the Skipper chronograph. Launched in 1968, the Skipper was commissioned to commemorate the victory of the Intrepid in the America’s Cup of 1967, for which the brand, then still Heuer, provided the winning yacht and its crew with stopwatches and wristwatches. Though the last full production model was released in 1983, the Skipper is now back, and looking as sharp as ever.
The contemporary reinterpretation bears updated features such the bezel-free glassbox Carrera, curved flange dial, and dial and counter colours tuned for better contrast and legibility. Within the 39mm case lies the TH20-06 movement, with bi-directional winding and an 80-hour power reserve.
Even better, the new Carrera Skipper will join TAG Heuer’s core collection as the flagship model for more sailing-inspired watches to come.
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Panerai Luna Rossa
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team is gearing up to compete for the Prada Cup to become the challenger team facing off against the incumbent Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in the 37th America’s Cup, which is set to take place in October 2024 in Barcelona. As the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team’s official sponsor, Panerai presents new watches in its Luna Rossa collection, which combines the technical qualities of yachting and boat materials and the aesthetic codes of the team.
Blue for the ocean and red for Luna Rossa’s official colour can be seen on the 40mm Luminor Luna Rossa Quaranta, the 40mm Luminor Luna Rossa Quaranta BiTempo, and the limited 37-piece 44mm Luminor Luna Rossa Chrono Carbotech, which features the tachymeter scale in tribute to sailing. Being an Experience edition, the last offers its owners a curated immersion experience in Cagliari, on the Italian island of Sardinia. All three models come with a bi-material strap emblazoned with the Luna Rossa logo.
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Last year, Tudor became Alinghi Red Bull Racing’s main partner for the 37th America’s Cup, and to mark that partnership, the watch brand’s first collaboration in the world of competitive yacht racing, Tudor unveils two Pelagos FXD models inspired by the sport. The Alinghi Red Bull Racing Edition pieces, a chronograph and a time-only watch, bear cases crafted from titanium and stainless steel, as well as carbon composite—a first for the brand and an analogue of the carbon fibre hull and mast of the boat.
The matte dial is dressed in the same deep blue as the team yacht’s hull, and red accents on the second hand and circumscribing the subdials match the red stripes on the hull. The watches are fitted with manufacture calibres MT5602 for the Pelagos FXD and the MT5813 for the Pelagos FXD Chrono, both “weekend-proof” movements, with power reserves to tide them over from Friday evening to the following Monday morning.