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6 Truly Impressive Watches Inspired By The America's Cup

​On the occasion of the America's Cup return to New York this weekend.​

BY Stephen Watson | May 18, 2016 | News

For the first time in nearly a century, America's Cup sailing is returning to New York Harbor for two exciting days of racing. As part of the lead-up to the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda in 2017, six teams will be racing this Saturday and Sunday, directly in front of the spectacular Lower Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. There are five teams challenging Oracle Team USA for the cup: Emirates Team New Zealand, Land Rover BAR Great Britain, Artemis Racing for Sweden, SoftBank Team Japan, and Groupama Team France.

The very first race took place off the south coast of England back in 1851, with the yacht "America" winning for the New York Yacht Club, giving both the race and trophy its name. To give you an idea of how long the race has been taking place: Nine America's Cup races took place before the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens back in 1896. Often called "the oldest trophy in international sport," not only does the America's Cup require immense sailing skill paired with the latest modern technology, it requires deep pockets to keep these enormous teams afloat.

As with any sport, timing is everything, with valuable points applied towards the final race taking place in Bermuda next year. And so British watch brand Bremont takes the role of Official Timing Partner, as well as working with the defending Oracle Team USA. Swiss brand Ulysse Nardin is paired with Artemis Racing, and Omega with Emirates Team New Zealand. All three brands make unique watches for the Cup, as does Vuitton. Here, we take a look at a few of the best.

Bremont Regatta OTUSA Black

Incorporating carbon fiber from the 2013 Oracle Team USA yacht, this titanium Regatta OTUSA watch features a unique 15-minute countdown and five-minute start-time indicator. A limited run, the watch is produced with either a black or white dial in an edition of 235 pieces per color.

$6,895 (MYR 27,726.36*), bremont.com

Worn by the Oracle Team USA sailors, the Oracle 1 is the perfect classic sailing watch. Inspired by a military or diver's watch, the steel timepiece is a C.O.S.C.-certified chronometer, water resistant to 500m, and comes on an eye-catching red rubber strap.

$5,495, (MYR 22,093.42*), bremont.com

Louis Vuitton Tambour Blue Chronograph

The maritime "V" signature—designed by Gaston Vuitton—informs the design of the Louis Vuitton Tambour Blue Chronograph. The steel chronograph with date indicator provides the necessary functionality for a race where every second counts.

$7,700 (MYR 30,957.51*), available at select Louis Vuitton stores

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph 44M ETNZ

Commemorating Emirates Team New Zealand, Omega's special-edition Seamaster chronograph adds a five-minute regatta countdown to the 30-minute recorder at 3 o'clock. The watch also features a case embossed with the ETNZ logo, a helium escape valve, and a red-lined waterproof rubber strap inspired by the boat's sails.

$7,800 (MYR 31,399.92*), omegawatches.com

Ulysse Nardin FreakWing

A limited edition of 35 pieces, Artemis Racing's colors get adapted into the fascinating Ulysse Nardin FreakWing. A titanium watch without hands or a traditional dial, the time is read off the upper bridge (minutes) and lower bridge (hour). The date is indicated near 4 o'clock with a spinning tourbillon located in the center.

$78,000 (MYR 314,079.26*), ulysse-nardin.com

BONUS: Ulysse Nardin Classico Enamel America

An enamel cloisonné dial features the image of the "America" schooner winning the Royal Yacht Squadron's 100 Pound Cup back in 1851, changing the name of the yachting competition to the America's Cup. The 40mm white and rose gold watch is produced in a limited edition of 30 pieces.

$39,800 (MYR 160,310.97*), ulysse-nardin.com

From: Esquire US.