Breguet and the Race for Water Foundation announce their partnership at Baselworld 2018 with a special exhibition opening on Saturday March 24th on the Swatch Group Plaza in the presence of Marc A. Hayek, President of Montres Breguet, and Marco Simeoni, President of the Race for Water Foundation. Breguet is joining forces with Race for Water to support the Odyssey 2017-2021 and its crucial mission for the oceans.
Advance scientific research on marine ecological balance has been carried out by the Race for Water Foundation, which now teams up with Breguet to raise awareness of ocean preservation and plastic pollution. A pioneering vessel embarks on a journey with the goal of promoting innovative solutions capable of transforming plastic waste into energy resources, and accelerating clean energy transition. The Race for Water Odyssey will make around 35 stopovers all around the world and provide an opportunity for scientists and decision-makers to gather and share their learnings on the need to preserve water, humanity’s most precious resource. Breguet is committed to supporting this new Odyssey through its completion in 2021.
“We are proud and pleased to be able to support Race for Water, a Swiss project making a significant international contribution into the marine research and demonstrating that concrete solutions exists for the preservation of the ocean worldwide,” - says Marc A. Hayek. “In the early 19th century, timekeeping played a pivotal role in maritime navigation. We are continuing that tradition by supporting an Odyssey of vital importance for our common future.”
“We are proud to have Breguet as our main partner in this unique expedition. This new Odyssey aims at giving hope to the world showing that solutions exist against plastic pollution”, explains Marco Simeoni, President of the Race for Water Foundation. “It goes through education and we put a strong focus on the young generations. But we are also demonstrating to the decision-makers we meet at each stopover that innovations and new business models can be more efficient and generate lasting economic, environmental and social benefits. Moreover, we are sailing a clean renewable energy vessel powered by a mix of solar, hydrogen, and kite, illustrating that a 100 tonnes boat can circumnavigate the world without fossil fuel. The energy transition is today’s reality!”
A special exhibition launching at Baselworld 2018 will travel to various destinations to further contribute in raising awareness for this mission.
A Breguet Marine “Race for Water” Special Edition watch to travel on the wrists of the explorers
Breguet has made an indelible mark in history by equipping sea going vessels with accurate chronometers that were set in the heart of the vessels and served to calculate longitude at sea.
Breguet demonstrates its exceptional mastery of time measurement through its contemporary Marine collection. In celebration of the partnership with Race for Water, Breguet creates a special edition of its Marine 5517 timepiece. It is set in a light titanium case with a custom blue dial that features the Race for Water vessel in a clous de Paris motif. The Breguet Marine Special Edition will embark on an oceanic tour traveling in its natural environment on the wrists of Race for Water explorers and accompanying them in their mission.
Sea exploration has been inspiring Breguet since the watchmaker was appointed the official chronometer-maker to the French Royal Navy in 1815. The king bestowed upon Breguet’s founder the most prestigious title in recognition of his mastery, and that led to extraordinary inventions at the service of the fascinating world of marine navigation. The contemporary Marine collection resonates with history while being designed for the modern world. With its creations built to last for generations, it only makes sense for Breguet to commit to a long-term initiative at the forefront of modern oceanic scientific research.
About Race for Water, a Foundation to Preserve Water
The Race for Water Foundation is an organization dedicated to water preservation and the ocean in particular. This indispensable resource is under massive threat from plastic pollution and must be protected. The Foundation aims to identify, promote and implement solutions that will give end-of-life plastic a value and create new sources of income for the people most affected by pollution. Using this innovative approach inspired by the principles of a circular economy and social entrepreneurship, Race for Water Foundation seeks to prevent plastic litter from reaching waterways and leaking all the way down to the ocean.