SEIKO Velatura Collection 2010 – 49er Class Chronograph

In 2010, the Velatura collection was further expanded, with four new creations, all of which are aimed at the young sailor, professional or recreational, who seeks to win.

Velatura 49er Class Chronograph (2010)
In 2007, SEIKO was selected as the Watch Partner of the International 49er Class Association. To mark the fourth year of SEIKO’s partnership with the International 49er Class Association, SEIKO launched a new model in the Velatura collection, housing the 7T62 Alarm Chronograph caliber. The crown is protected from accidental shock, the case is 10 bar water resistant, the glass is sapphire and the strap is made of a polyurethane compound of great strength. To ensure that the timing information is clearly visible even when racing, the sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating and the chronograph hands are in a distinctive yellow color. The case back carries the legend ‘49er class’ and the watch is presented in a special presentation box that contains a message of gratitude from the International 49er Class Association.

Features
Alarm Chronograph, Caliber 7T62
Case: Stainless steel with black hard coating
Band: Polyurethane strap with stainless steel clasp (SNAE17)
Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release (SNAE21)
Case: Stainless steel with blue hard coating
Band: Stainless steel with three-fold clasp with push button release (SNAE19)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 600-670

In addition to the 49er Class Chronograph, the 2010 collection included two other chronographs on steel bracelets and a Kinetic Direct Drive model whose black strap and black hard-coating case create a distinctive and unique appearance to match the unique Kinetic Direct Drive technology within.

Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive (2010)
Caliber 5D44
Case: Stainless steel with black hard coating
Band: Polyurethane strap with stainless steel clasp (SRH013)
Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistance: 10 bar
Approximate recommended retail price in Europe: Euro 1,030

Summary
Velatura is built for the oceans and all its design details draw their inspiration from the instruments and mechanisms used on the world’s best and fastest yachts. The super-secure crown protection system allows the mechanism to be wound without the crown being unscrewed and pulled out. The bezel screws have the shape of the locks on marine devices, the use of steel and urethane in the bracelet fuses lightness and strength just as racing yachts seek to do and the case back echoes the shape of the wheel on large racing yachts. Every detail is fit for purpose, and every watch is built to endure.

World class racing is the ultimate test of a great marine watch, and no class of sailing is more demanding, for a sailor and his watch, than the 49er class. One of the fastest boats on the water, and capable of speeds of over 32 knots, the 49er is a fast-growing Olympic class which now attracts the best young sailors in the world. SEIKO Velatura has been chosen by the International 49er Class Association as its sponsor and watch partner and many of its leading athletes will be relying on Velatura in their 2007 racing. SEIKO is proud to support this dynamic sport and will continue to evolve its future Velatura designs based on the needs, advice and experience of the word’s best 49er sailors.

In 2007, SEIKO was chosen as the watch partner of the International 49er Association and Velatura has become the watch of choice for the leading exponents of this, the fastest of all Olympic sailing classes. In 2008, SEIKO and the International 49er Association renewed the agreement and the gold, silver and bronze medalists at the 2008 World and European Championships in Australia and Spain respectively, received Velatura Yachting Timers in recognition of their achievements. The feedback from the 49er Class Association and its leading sailors will help to shape future generations of Velatura designs.

In 2009, SEIKO and the International 49er Association renewed this agreement and the gold, silver and bronze medalists at the 2009 World and European Championships, in Italy and Croatia respectively, will receive Velatura Yachting Timers in recognition of their achievements. Because of the success of this association with the world of super-fast skiff sailing, SEIKO has extended its support to the fastest skiff class for women, the 29erXX. This fast-growing class is on the verge of Olympic recognition and is attracting ever-increasing numbers of women to its ranks, right across the world. Feedback from the 49er Class and 29erXX Class Associations will help to shape future generations of Velatura designs for both men and women.

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