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WMR - November 2016

Talk of the town

SEIKO

Race with time…


Seiko has been on many stellar expeditions before, and this time round, Seiko adviser, Kojiro Shiraishi, sets sail in the world’s harshest yacht race, the Vendée Globe.

On November 6, 29 sailors will cross the line at Les Sables d’Olonne in Western France at the start of the Vendée Globe, the solo, non-stop, round-the-world race. Kojiro Shiraishi is the first ever sailor from Asia to try his hand in this, the world’s toughest ocean race. On his wrist will be the Seiko Prospex Marinemaster, a GPS Solar watch that Kojiro himself helped to design!

Born in 1967, Kojiro was raised in Kamakura. After his graduation from a high school specializing in ocean science education in Kanagawa Prefecture, he was apprenticed to Yuko Tada, the first champion of a round-the-world single-handed yacht race named Around Alone. In 1994, Kojiro became the youngest person to complete a solo non-stop round-the-world trip. Since then, he has competed almost continuously in other yacht and adventure races.

During his preparation for the race, Shiraishi said, “I think of this Prospex Marinemaster watch as my buddy and I was very happy to participate in its creation so that I would have my perfect watch for this very harsh race, the Vendée Globe. Throughout the race, we need to be in regular contact with race headquarters using UTC time. For this, the GPS Solar Dual Time function is perfect. I wanted UTC time only on the bezel so that it is easy to read. Also, the legibility of the time is of paramount importance so I wanted the 12 markers and hour and minute hands to be made as legible as possible. I made a particular request for the hour hand to be designed so that it is easy to read. I am very happy with the results and I especially like the trim in “emergency” fluorescent red. I am very grateful to Seiko for working with me on this watch and I hope that it will be worn not only by people who sail yachts but also by those who dream of other such challenges and who bring an adventurous spirit to whatever they do.”