Panerai returns as the main partner of the Transat Classique for the third time. The Italian high-end watchmaking brand again brings its image of timeless elegance to the race.
Thinking of Panerai immediately evokes the sea as the history of the Italian watchmaker is deeply linked to the marine world.
The underwater world inspired the collaboration of the Florentine brand with the Italian Navy in which all divers were equipped with precision instruments able to handle great depths. The elegance of the watches compares to the yachts that Panerai accompanies (since 2005) via the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the largest international circuit of classic yachts that combines five events in Europe : Les Voiles d’Antibes, Argentario Sailing Week, Panerai British Classic Week, Vele d’Epoca di Imperia, Cannes Régates Royales.
This strong commitment by Panerai to traditionnal sailing goes far beyond its involvement in racing events. Panerai has chosen to restore Eilean, a beautiful ketch designed in 1937 by the Scottish architect William Fife III. Discovered in 2006 as a wreck, or nearly so, in the English Harbor mangroves in Antigua, the boat was brought back to the Del Carlo shipyard in Viareggio, Italy. After three years of slow and precise hard work (which again draws us to watchmaking) Eilean (“Little Island” in Scottish) has finally returned to it’s marine environment and seduces lovers of artwork with its sleek lines and the quality of its restoration. We would love to see her on the start line of Panerai Transat Classique 2019!
Eilean in numbers :
Shipyard: William Fife & Son
Architect: William Fife III and Robert Balderton Fife
Overall length: 22,20 m
Width: 4.65 m
Rigging: ketch marconi
Surface of sails: 301 m2