Three Men’s Watches Inspired by Yachting

TAG Heuer Carrera Skipper: A Legacy in Yachting Timepieces

TAG Heuer, renowned for its association with motorsports, also pays homage to its yachting heritage with iconic timepieces like the revived Skipper chronograph. Initially launched in 1968, the Skipper was created to commemorate the victory of the Intrepid in the 1967 America’s Cup. Back then, TAG Heuer was known simply as “Heuer” before its acquisition. The watchmaker supplied the winning yacht and its crew with stopwatches and wristwatches. Although the last full production run was released in 1983, the Skipper now returns with a contemporary reinterpretation, exuding its timeless charm.

A Modern Take on Yachting Timekeeping

The modern Skipper features several updates, including a bezel-free glass box Carrera, a curved flange dial, and counter colors optimized for higher contrast and enhanced legibility during yacht racing. The watch comes in a 39mm case housing the TH20-06 movement, offering bi-directional winding and an impressive 80-hour power reserve. With its revitalized design, the new Carrera Skipper takes a prominent place in TAG Heuer’s core collection, paving the way for more sailing-inspired timepieces in the future.

Panerai Luna Rossa: A Sailing-Themed Collection

The Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team is gearing up for the Prada Cup, vying to become the challenger team against the incumbent Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in the 37th America’s Cup, scheduled for October 2024 in Barcelona. As the official sponsor of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team, Panerai has introduced its new Luna Rossa collection, skillfully combining yachting’s technical qualities and racing boat materials with the team’s aesthetic identity.

Embracing Luna Rossa’s Colors

The Luna Rossa collection proudly showcases the colors of the ocean and Luna Rossa’s official red in three distinct models: the 40mm Luminor Luna Rossa Quaranta, the 40mm Luminor Luna Rossa Quaranta BiTempo, and the limited 44mm Luminor Luna Rossa Chrono Carbotech, with only 37 pieces available. The latter model features a tachymeter scale as a tribute to sailing. Additionally, the Luminor Luna Rossa watches come with a bi-material strap adorned with the Luna Rossa logo, a symbol of the team’s spirit and passion.

Tudor Pelagos FXD Alinghi Red Bull Racing Edition: A Nod to Competitive Yacht Racing

In a groundbreaking partnership with Alinghi Red Bull Racing for the 37th America’s Cup, Tudor ventures into the world of competitive yacht racing. The watchmaker celebrates this collaboration with two yachting-inspired Pelagos FXD models: the Alinghi Red Bull Racing Edition chronograph and the time-only watch. These watches boast cases crafted from titanium, stainless steel, and carbon composite, paying homage to the carbon fiber hull and mast of the boat.

Inspired Design and Reliable Movements

The Pelagos FXD Alinghi Red Bull Racing Edition watches feature a striking matte dial in the team yacht’s deep blue hue, with red accents on the second hand and surrounding the subdials, mirroring the vessel’s red stripes. Both watches are equipped with Tudor’s own calibres: MT5602 for the Pelagos FXD and MT5813 for the Pelagos FXD Chrono, both offering “weekend-proof” movements with substantial power reserves to last from Friday evening to Monday morning.

The Iconic TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph 39mm: Fronting WOW’s Summer 2023 Cover

In WOW’s Summer 2023 issue, the new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph 39mm takes center stage on the cover. This watch presents a unique challenge for photographers due to its visually arresting crystal dome that partially obscures the tachymeter scale, typically found on the bezel. Unlike conventional chronographs, the contemporary Carrera places the tachymeter scale under the crystal, providing an intriguing twist. Nevertheless, the timepiece maintains its legibility, a feature explored in greater detail within the magazine’s eight-page spread.

A Perfect Fit for Your Wrist

The 39mm case of the Carrera Chronograph strikes a balance between presence and wearability. Compared to the existing 42mm Carrera chronograph, the 39mm model offers more dial space, giving it a comparable wrist presence while feeling more accommodating for various wrist sizes. The crystal design also harks back to the Carrera’s origins as a 36mm watch when it was first introduced in 1963, lacking a tachymeter scale. The case’s curvature adds a touch of nostalgia, reminiscent of the watch’s heritage from the 1960s. The chronograph pushers, designed for comfort and functionality, provide just the right amount of tension and response, offering a delightful user experience.

Precision in Motion

Under the hood, the Carrera 39mm houses the new TH20-00 movement, a refined version of the previous Heuer 02 calibre. The upgraded movement features bidirectional winding, a subtle yet essential improvement over the old unidirectional winding system. This change enhances winding efficiency, ultimately leading to improved accuracy and convenience.


In conclusion, the world of luxury watchmaking and yacht racing intertwines beautifully in these exquisite timepieces. TAG Heuer, Panerai, and Tudor have each crafted a collection that pays homage to the spirit of yachting, combining innovative design, precision engineering, and a celebration of iconic maritime colors. Whether you are a seasoned sailor, a racing enthusiast, or simply someone who appreciates the elegance of nautical aesthetics, these yachting-inspired watches offer a perfect blend of style and functionality. As you embark on your own horological journey, let these timepieces guide you with the timeless elegance of the open seas.

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