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The steady breezes throughout Newport over Labor Day weekend were a welcome weather front for organizers of the 32nd annual Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta, the finale of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge North American Circuit. Along with the race for the cup, the vintage and classic yacht parade and events including “Cappuccino with the Captains” (a casual meet and greet between local sailing devotees and the captains and crews of the competing crafts), title sponsor Panerai has released a commemorative luxury timepiece.
This year’s Panerai PAM 371 Luminor Submersible Regatta limited edition timepiece features titanium case material, sapphire glass and will set you back a cool $12,500. The closes retailer is Tourneau in Boston’s Copley Place (100 Huntington Avenue, Space D13, Boston, 617-267-8463). While you’re saving those pennies you can check it out in more detail, and other 2011 Panerai models, by clicking here.
I had the pleasure of enjoying the spoils of the annual Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta & Parade this weekend, sponsored by Italian-designed, Swiss-made watch brand, Panerai. This year marks the sixth edition of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – which has been called the largest and most renowned classic yacht race in the world (this weekend’s raced marked the final segment of the North American Challenge circuit). Since its inception in 2005, the circuit has grown to include a list of distinguished competitors. Turns out, Panerai is a natural brand to back the event as they developed its first prototype in the 1930’s for the Italian Navy.
The race included modern classics, to vintage yachts, to smaller one-designs-many with design pedigrees by Herreshoff, Hunt, Fife, and Sparkman & Stephens, but I have to concede, I was distracted by the gorgeousness of the bright green Panerai watch I spotted on the wrist of one of my companions – brushed titanium, navy blue dial, luminous hour markers – whole nine yards. The fabulous group of spectators I was joined by unanimously decided since it matched my outfit so well (call it kismet), I should don it, if just for a little bit. Being so accustom to the digital clocks seemingly everywhere; in the car, on the laptop or iPad, and of course, glaring at you from the cell phone screen, it was refreshing to revisit the elegance of a fine wristwatch. This one, I learned, was Panerai’s Luminor Marina Automatic model, and it was hard to part with it by afternoon’s end…
As for the event at hand, the champagne was popped for Overall Classic Yacht Regatta winner Joe Dockery, owner of the 1937 custom Sparkman & Stephens-designed Sonny.
(Pictured above, 12 Metre US-24 Valiant)
For additional regatta coverage and a list of winners by class, click the MORE link below to be redirected to the jump.