Purveyors of fine timepieces Elliot Brown are once again the official timekeepers of the Clipper Round the World Race for 2017-18, and they’re celebrating the deal with the release of this special limited edition Broadstone Adventurer watch.
The Clipper Round the World Race, in case you’re unfamiliar with the world of sailing, is an annual event which sees 12 70-foot yachts racing round the 40,000 nautical mile circumference of the globe in eight stages.
Although the boats are captained by professionals, they’re crewed entirely by amateurs. Anyone can sign up, as long as they’re willing to spend a month at a time at sea in the close company of strangers, and are prepared for conditions that can include gale force winds and “waves the size of houses”.
As you might imagine, any timepiece designed for such a race would have to be built tough. Luckily, hard-wearing watches is exactly what Elliot Brown specialise in.
Elliot Brown Broadstone Adventurer: Appearance
To anyone who knows the range, the Broadstone Adventurer is instantly recognisable as an Elliot Brown, so it came as no surprise when we spoke to its designer Alex Brown and he confirmed that it’s based off their popular Canford model.
However there have been a couple of significant design tweaks.The crowns which adjust time and date on the side are more recessed than on the Canford. Apparently (according to Brown) “because a couple of the skippers [in last year’s race] bent them on ropes and things like that”.