All eyes will be on Rio this month as we watch our Nation’s best athletes compete against others from around the world in some of the greatest feats of athleticism at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The Olympics sets the stage for our competitors to showcase all of their hard work, dedication, precision and commitment to their sport; bringing home the gold for our country. The dedication to elite performance is something that is not only unique to athletes, but is also a quality we admire in all of our favorite watches. This month we pay homage to some of our country’s top athletes by looking a little closer at some of our top performing timepieces.
IWC Aquatimer Tribute to Calypso:
136 years after Charles Darwin, Cousteau set sail to explore the Galapagos Islands aboard his ship Calypso. Cousteau wanted to further explore the intriguing ecosystems both above and below the surface and his subsequent film helped raise awareness of the island’s sensitive ecological balance. In response, IWC dedicated the Aquatimer Tribute to Calypso to Cousteau. As IWC has had a close connection with diving since the 1960s, as well as now being commonly seen on the wrists of timepiece connoisseurs on land, we thought it appropriate to pair this watch with those Olympic athletes who spend hours both in the water and on land: the Triathlete. Performing consecutively on foot through the running portion, in water for the swimming component and then on bicycle for the cycling element, the triathlon is a true testament to the endurance of an athlete. We feel the IWC Aquatimer is the perfect complement to an athlete who dedicates so much to their performance and to excelling both in water and on land. Watch for two-time National Triathlon Champion Greg Billington as he takes on the competition in Rio.
Audemars Piguet Millenary:
A timepiece that is nothing short of a work of art, Audemars Piguet Millenary combines neo-classical beauty and technical precision to allow the wearer and admirers alike to see right into the heart of the watch; a view that is rarely seen. Transcending even the technical craftsmanship of this piece is the outstanding beauty and design of the watch, thereby effectively combining technical prowess and watchmaking art. When we think of the Millenary that combines precision, skill and aesthetics, we can’t help but think of our US athletes who will be competing in Rio this summer in the discipline of gymnastics. Winning three consecutive Gymnastic Championships, Sam Mikulak is thought to be the American man to beat. Alongside his teammates: Jake Dalton, Alex Naddour, Chris Brooks and Danell Leyva as well as the US Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team, America will be rooting for the strength and precision of Mikulak and the rest of Team USA to add to the medal count.
Perhaps the greatest beauty is found in simplicity. Blending mechanical perfection and ease of use, the Sky-Dweller is ideal for our athletes traveling to Rio this summer. With the distinctive face of a Rolex watch, the Sky-Dweller is characterized by its identity and readability. Unique to this watch is the ability to display two time zones simultaneously, ensuring our athletes and those traveling overseas are able to carefully monitor with exact precision the local time as well as the time at home. Equipped with one of the most complex calibers every created by Rolex, the wearer still experiences ease of use, but can find comfort in knowing that the caliber 9001 is a certified Swiss Chronometer, a designation reserved for only the highest performing and most precise timepieces. We think this watch fits the entire roster of the US Olympic team- who all make the complexities of their sport appear easy while performing with the utmost precision.
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