This 2020-2021 Vendée Globe is already shaping up as a very promising edition. The number of candidate entries is alread a record at 37 prospective solo skippers. This race is set to feature a very high level of innovation and a diverse sporting spectrum including rookies and returnees, podium challengers as well as adventurers, several women skippers are expected and up to 11 different nationalities should be represented.
The ninth edition of the ‘Everest of the Seas’ could see its heroic skippers reduce still further the elapsed time for the race and so break the record of 74 days 3 hours 35 minutes 46 seconds set by winner Armel Le Cléac’h in 2017.
A natural association between Everest of the Seas and the Swiss watch brand
"We are delighted to welcome Ulysse Nardin as the Official Timekeeper of the Vendée Globe 2020-2021. This brand of Swiss haute horlogerie has been built internationally through its association with the marine world. It is therefore natural that the Vendée Globe, the international reference for solo ocean racing and Uysse Nardin come together to realise this partnership for the next edition. I take this opportunity to thank Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin, for his confidence.” Said Yves Auvinet, President of the Vendée Globe.
The Real Ulysses of modern times
"It's not a race for those who doubt themselves.” Said Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin. "It's a challenge for the modern day Ulysses, those who want to measure themselves, to challenge their fears and the most powerful forces of nature to complete an epic odyssey. ".
Thanks to this partnership, the Vendée Globe and Ulysse Nardin will together highlight the wider universe of this legendary race, a world dear to the values of Ulysse Nardin.
About Ulysse Nardin
Ulysse Nardin is the avant-garde manufacturer inspired by the marine world offering timepieces to those who embrace freedom.
Founded by Mr. Ulysse Nardin in 1846 and a member of the international luxury group Kering since November 2014, Ulysse Nardin has written some of the finest chapters in the history of Haute Horlogerie.
The brand first built its reputation on its links with the marine world: its deck chronometers are among the most reliable ever designed and remain popular with collectors around the world. Pioneers of state-of-the-art technologies and the use of innovative materials, such as silicon, Ulysse Nardin is one of the few manufacturers to have the in-house expertise required to produce its own high precision components and movements. Their exceptional level of watchmaking excellence it has earned it a place in the very exclusive circle of Swiss watchmaking: the Haute Horlogerie Foundation. Today, from Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin pursues its quest for watchmaking perfection, based around five collections: Marine, Diver, Classico, Executive and Freak. In 2019, Ulysse Nardin introduced the X factor into watchmaking.
To know more : www.ulysse-nardin.com