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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nobody does it better: Franck Cammas is FSF Sailor of the Year

Franck Cammas, who won the Volvo Ocean Race 2012, was named Sailor of the Year by the French Sailing Federation, on December 10th, in Paris – in what is undoubtedly well deserved recognition of Cammas’ outstanding seamanship.

Franck Cammas and his team including New Zealanders Peter Blake, Grant Dalton and Mike Sanderson, the American Paul Cayard and the Brazilian Torben Grael sailing in Groupama 4 celebrated their victory in Galway, Ireland back in July only when they were certain that an unassailable victory had been secured.

On Franck Cammas’ wrist during the entire Volvo Ocean Race was the JeanRichard Aquascope.

Cammas, whose victories are true sailing feats, is the living embodiment of daring, courage and joie de vivre. It is this life philosophy that first linked him to the watchmaker in 2011 and which will now be carried through the extension of their partnership, over the next three years. 

Bruno Grande, COO of JeanRichard, made a special trip to Paris Salon Nautique and presented Franck with his Aquascope “Victory Watch” – a unique timepiece whose dial is made from the mainsail of the winning boat in the Volvo Ocean Race 2012. 

Bruno Grande presents the JeanRichard Aquascope Victory Watch


Now Franck and JeanRichard are set for new adventures in the America’s Cup. The talented French offshore sailor is currently with the Luna Rossa Challenge in Auckland until the end of the year, helping the team get to grips with the giant AC72 catamaran.

JeanRichard Aquascope

We first featured the watch back in April of this year.  The new Aquascope watch has a rounded glass-opening within its barrel-shaped curves. The one-piece case provides protection for the two symmetrical crowns, and exceptional comfort for the wearer.

The polished and satin-finished steel case features a bidirectional rotating bezel designed to display the remaining diving time. The watches undergo the most exacting tests to ensure that each watch can be depended upon at 300 metres below the surface. 

Features include the luminescent graduation of the Arabic numerals, and the dial’s hour-markers make for perfect legibility even in underwater zones with very little natural light.

The 44mm case is made from a steel that combines lightness and excellent resistance to corrosion with solid protection for the self-winding mechanical movement. 

JeanRichard Aquascope is also available in a ladies’ version with a white mother-of-pearl dial, brilliant-cut diamond hour-markers and a white, grey or pink strap.

Visit the JeanRichard website

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