The watch manufacture ALPINA, Aurélien Ducroz and the RACE FOR WATER Foundation have joined forces in the WATER GUARDIAN program for the preservation of freshwater and oceans
Particularly sensitive to ecological issues, the fine watchmaking brand has committed in 2014 to the Swiss foundation RACE FOR WATER with its ambassador, Aurélien Ducroz. Two-time world freeride skiing champion and 4th arriving skipper in the last Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race, he will carry out his future ski expeditions and races at the service of the foundation.
His next documentaries Latitude Neige/Longitude Mer (Latitude Snow/Longitude Sea) in unexplored territories perfectly align with his commitment to “Water Guardian” for the foundation and will document the water cycle in nature that is constantly evolving.
Understand, share, act… mobilization for the preservation of freshwater and oceans is what the RACE FOR WATER Foundation fights for, rallying education, business and the scientific community around this unique objective. It organizes numerous missions worldwide, notably in partnership with major international NGOs.
The project will allow Aurélien Ducroz to reveal information that is essential to the understanding of the evolution of seas and oceanic climate by deploying and recovering scientific Argos markers, thanks to his expeditions in unexplored territories where the sea and the mountains meet, made accessible by sailboat and that he will explore on skis.
Alpina therefore created a special, limited edition watch – only 400 models available worldwide – the Alpiner “4” Chronograph “Race for Water” in the foundation’s colors, of which part of the profits will be donated to support its activities.
Aurélien Ducroz, ambassador for the Race for Water Foundation since October 2013, signed the “Water Guardian” charter. By signing this charter, he has committed to calculating and reducing his water footprint and contributing to the Foundation’s activities through his talent and expertise. He joins the WATER GUARDIANS team, including actress Anne Richard, skipper Steve Ravussin and illustrator ZEP.
About the Race for Water Foundation
The RACE FOR WATER Foundation is an organization dedicated to water preservation. It aims toeducate and raise awareness concerning two major water-related issues: the pollution of lakes and oceans by plastic and the preservation of freshwater.
About Aurélien Ducroz
Born in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France, Aurélien Ducroz is, at 31 years old, a two time freeride skiing world champion (2009 and 2011) and since 2009 has led a double career in sailing. A modern-day adventurer, an extraordinary athlete and father to a young son and daughter, he seamlessly leads two athletic careers while getting involved in common research projects.
After only a few years’ experience in sailing, Aurélien has already participated in the Mini Transat 6.50 in 2011, completed his first trans-Atlantic race in Class40 as part of a crew with Eric Péron and Thomas Le Breton in 2012, took sixth place in the Tour de Bretagne 2013 in Figaro, and earned an honorable fourth place in the last Transat Jacques Vabre two-handed race in 2013 in Class40 with Yannick Bestaven.
His future projects are distributed between the sea and the mountains, and Aurélien dreams of being able to participate in the next major offshore races, with his ultimate goal being the Vendée Globe.
Model: Alpiner 4 Chronograph – “Race For Water” Limited Edition
Limited edition of 400pcs
Delivered in a special wooden giftbox
Automatic, 26 jewels, 38H power reserve, 28’800 Ah
Anti-Magnetic, ISO764 certified to 4800 A/m.
Hours, minutes, seconds, 30min counter, chronograph second hand
360° turning compass bezel
Stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter
Bi-directionnal compass bezel
10 ATM (330ft) Water-resistant
Silver and blue sunray dial with applied luminous indexes
Nickel hands with white luminous
Black alligator strap