‘In order to watch the sunrise, I often get up early. At that time, the sky was not bright, and the surroundings were very quiet. There were only the sound of machines on the boat. The sky was still light blue and the color was very light. Hongxia … ‘Writer Ba Jin once described his time at sea when he went to another country. Once upon a time, sailing to another country, sailing was the only mode of transportation, an unavoidable journey. Nowadays, with the continuous improvement of human travel tools, sailing has become a leisurely performance, and owning a yacht has become one of the business cards of many successful people.
On the other hand, the ocean represents the most unpredictable side of nature, and conquering the sea has also become one of the best ways to show masculinity. This is believed to be recognized by countless men, otherwise why now One of the most sold comics in the world, called ‘One Piece’, tells a sailing story about conquering the ocean. Time traveled back hundreds of years ago, and a great navigator was born in Portugal, Fernando Magellan. Magellan was born in a noble family in 1480. In September 1519, under the auspices of the King of Spain, he led an expedition consisting of 5 sailing ships and 266 people. He set sail from the port of Seville, Spain, and began his history. Sailing around the world. Since the beginning of the great voyage, people are excited about discovering new continents and new waterways. Crossing the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa and moving from Europe to the Middle East and Asia trade became the most profitable and exciting adventure at the time. In 1934, the national epic ‘Portuguese Sea’ by Portuguese genius poet Fernando Pessoa praised the navigators’ spirit of exploration and heroism, and the ocean became the cradle of heroes. To commemorate Magellan’s great voyage, Swiss IWC has launched a special commemorative watch. The transparent sapphire glass case back displays the starry night sky, the obvious orbit of the sun throughout the year, and includes a perpetual calendar, actual days throughout the year, sunrise and sunset times. The star-shaped disc of the watch presents star-studded beauty. The glass disc can actually display 500 ~ 1000 stars. The carefully drawn constellation makes it easy for the wearer to recognize the position, and it is a must for navigators.
From marine clocks to watches
In fact, the timing tools that could be used while sailing were always the most cutting-edge timing technology of the time. The self-taught watchmaker John Harrison, a British self-taught watchmaker, took 29 years and went through the difficult process of building H1, H2, and H3 nautical clocks weighing tens of kilograms per square meter. The H4 navigation clock, which is centimeters and weighs 1.45 kilograms, is not much larger than a pocket watch. During the 81-day stormy voyage to Jamaica, only a small error of 5 seconds (the average daily error is only 0.06 seconds, and the travel time accuracy is more accurate than modern quartz watches). The duplicate version of the K1 sailing clock has a daily error of no more than 1 second during the British ship’s expedition to Antarctica, where the natural environment is harsh.) With this accurate time measurement, the longitude error determined by the astrology is only 5 kilometers, which has realized human history An unprecedented unification of time and space. The precision of this marine timing even takes into account the centrifugal force generated when the ship turns and the recoil force variable generated by the artillery when firing. This also became the beginning of marine precision timing.
At the beginning of the 20th century, various marine watch technologies were integrated into the watch design. Brands such as Athens, Panerai and Hamilton began to serve the National Navy, producing precise, sturdy, durable and wear-resistant military navigation. Watches, laying a solid foundation for the rapid development of marine watches as a non-negligible watch classification. Earlier brands that had launched marine astronomical clocks later launched engraved versions or concept models to pay tribute, such as the ‘1846 Marine Observatory Watch’ launched in Athens in 1996. Nowadays, the nautical watch is no longer the ‘Dinghai God Needle’ to entrust the whole family with the trenches, but together with the sport of navigation and the sea, it has become the next goal for men to conquer.
Athens Blue Sea Series
A century and a half ago, sailors with sextants at the time, in addition to relying on the sun and the horizon to determine navigation, the only navigational instrument on board was the Athens Navigation Observatory Clock.
Over the past 166 years, Ulysse Nardin has created a number of reliable marine astronomical watches. Blue Sea, the latest addition to the nautical diver’s watch collection, has given Athens, the Swiss Rolock watchmaker, its reputation for cutting-edge watches.
Athens watch’s new Blue Sea watch is suitable for water sports and designed for extreme situations. It is equipped with an automatic movement, equipped with a 42-hour power reserve display, an oversized second hand and a large date window. The hour markers, hour and minute hands are made of blue luminous material, and the time is clear and easy to read. At 12 o’clock, there is a power reserve indicator; at 6 o’clock, there is a small second hand and a large date window display, set against the blue indicator hand, which is particularly refreshing. Equipped with one-way reverse diving chronograph bezel and screw-in crown, waterproof to 200 meters.
Panerai Luminor Series
In 2006, Angelo Bonati, president of the watch brand, found a dilapidated sailing vessel on Antigua in the Caribbean and bought and repaired it for the brand. The year before that, in 2005, Panerai launched the Panerai Classic Sailing Challenge, a classic sailing tour, to actively promote the culture of sailing.
LUMINOR MARINA 1950 3 DAYS-47mm (PAM00422) is the best example of the sophisticated design and top technology of Panerai. The unique design of the case is inspired by a rare old model with a prominent point like a scapula, a feature that is historically significant because it witnessed the early 1940s, Paner The sea watch case transforms from Radiomir’s square pillow to Luminor.
小 A small stopwatch at 9 o’clock, and following the tradition, it adopts a large digital scale. The P.3001 independent movement with manual winding is used, and two barrels provide a 3-day power reserve.
Admiral Kunlun Cup Series
For regattas, because it is necessary to maintain a movement for a long time or to deal with sudden wind and waves, the watch needs to be more conformable, and the dial size should not be too large. Corum’s ‘Admiral Cup’ series is a good choice for this sport.
The design of the watch retains the twelve-sided outer ring of the Admiral’s Cup series. In order to match the chronometer model, the elegant and simple watch has soft lines, and the timer button is long and streamlined. The case has a diameter of 42mm and is equipped with a CO983 chronograph movement verified by the official Swiss observatory (C.O.S.C.). The movement pushes the hour, minute, small seconds, date and chronograph functions of the watch. The vibration frequency vibrates 28,800 times per hour, and has a 42-hour power reserve.
IWC Marine Elite Timing Series
The name is derived from the generation of legendary nautical elite automatic watches introduced in the 1960s and 1970s, inheriting the precision performance of this series of nautical instruments.
‘Navy Elite’ was an object that was highly sought after by watch fans, and it is now a rare collector’s treasure in the market. The new generation of nautical elite watches has not copied the past design in fact. In fact, the external visual form is just a design expression. The most important thing is that it captures the essence of design and follows the spirit of ‘nautical elite’. It is for this reason that this watch not only faithfully retains the style of the Portuguese series, but also adds a lot of innovation in technology.
Swivel-down crown. Its timer is equipped with a timer dial that shares the minutes and hours, and can record 12 hours in total. At the same time, it can be reset to zero by the flyback function during operation, so you can start a new time measurement at any time.