45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, 53 seconds: that’s the new reference time for the Jules Verne Trophy – the round the world trip by crew with neither stops nor help – recorded by famous watchmaker, Corum. In its capacity as partner and official timekeeper for this legendary sailing adventure, the Swiss watch brand accompanied sailor, Loïck Peyron and the Maxi BanquePopulaire V crew in achieving their prestigious record. To pay tribute to the BanquePopulaire team’s great victory, Corum has just awarded the 14 crew members,as well as their onshore router, a special brand new model called the “Trophée Jules Verne 2011-2012”.
On January 6th 2012, at 23 hours, 14 minutes and 35 seconds, the watchmaker stopped its chronograph to record the victory achieved by the 14 men during their round-the-world race against the clock.
Today, in order to immortalize this victory and to reward them for such a major accomplishment, Corum has presented each member of the Maxi Trimaran crew, as well as their onshore router,with an Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Chrono Centro, a watch model from the Admiral’s Cup collection – a flagship line launched in 1960 – equipped with a chronograph function. The dial bears the inscription “Trophée Jules Verne 2011-2012” and the back of the watch is engraved with an outline of the route. Each model is personalized with the individual crew member’s name.
The House of Corum invited the crew of the Maxi Trimaran Banque Populaire V to La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland on Monday, April 2nd 2012, in order to present them with their “trophy”, a powerful symbol that is destined to be a reliable lifelong companion.
Loïck Peyron and the members of the Banque Populaire team expressed their appreciation to their partner, Corum, for this remarkable, prestigiousgift.
Loïck Peyron, skipper of the Maxi BanquePopulaire V, said: “When tackling time head-on, it is advisable to be well-equipped. We would like to thank Corum for their unfailing support as well as the Banques Populaires for their loyalty. The entire team is immensely proud to wear such a powerful symbol of an incredible adventure on their wrists.”
Commenting, Thierry Bouvard, head of sponsorship for the Banques Populaires, said: “We are delighted to have worked with a brand that has been sharing the values of sailing and offshore racing for a number of years. As partner to the 2011 – 2012Jules Verne Trophy, Corum has ably accompanied and supported the crew of the Maxi BanquePopulaire V throughout the record, and is now immortalizing this great victory this evening through this powerful symbol.”
Said CEO of Corum, Antonio Calce, “It is a great pleasure to see the Maxi Banque Populaire V team gathered together at Corum in La Chaux-de-Fonds to get to know our workshops. The fact that each team member has personally come here to receive his Jules Verne trophy watch, inscribed with his name, is a very strong message. Their presence demonstrates the scope of our partnership and the sense of companionship that Corum develops with its partners. I would like to thank the crew members for coming.”
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