Did the Miami International Boat Show put you into a boating spirit? Then, of course, a Regatta Chronograph is a must-have watch. Like a regular chronograph it keeps track of elapsed time, but with this type of chronograph, it is entirely focussed at measuring this elapsed time towards the start of a Regatta. Essential when you are part of the crew participating, great fun when you are a spectator!
These are the three must-have Regatta Chronographs for this season:
Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic
This year Panerai is the official timekeeper of the America’s Cup, while at the same time it also equips the crews of ORACLE Team USA, as well as that of Softbank Team Japan, with watches. To mark this occasion, Panerai has introduced five new limited editions. The Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic is the one to look out for, sporting the America’s Cup colors to aid legibility of this piece.
Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta
If there is one brand with a nautical history, then it is Ulysse Nardin. They recently introduced their Marine Regatta, a very advanced regatta chronograph with a movement that consists out of 650 parts. As complicated as it is to make, so easy it is to use. This will be especially appreciated by the team of Artemis Racing, who will participate in the America’s Cup as well!
Rolex Yacht-Master II
No, nothing new here! The Rolex Yacht-Master II is still the same but with its programmable, flyback regatta timer which you operate in part through the “command bezel”, it remains one of the niftiest regatta chronographs on today’s market. It is also one of the very few Regatta Timers that you can get in either steel, steel-gold, full gold or platinum with gold. Combine this with the fact that it’s distinct design commands attention, and you have the best of both worlds.