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Meet the Volvo Ocean 65

The Volvo Ocean Race Boat

Date2014-10-09T09:00:29

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Creating a watch is all about precision and striving for perfection in a complex mechanism that must be reliable, strong and elegant. The same applies to the construction of the latest fleet of Volvo boats – the Volvo Ocean 65s – that, for the first time in the race’s history, are identical. This has required a level of precision from the design and build team not seen in past races, to ensure that each boat emerges from the yard not just looking the same but also weighing the same as its six sisters. Like IWC’s watches, the boats are elegant in form but built from the toughest materials and are the product of a team effort by skilled craftsmen. Each Volvo Ocean 65 took seven months to build, involved 120 boat builders working a total of 36,000 man-hours in four boatyards, and combined the input of over 70 different suppliers.

What fascinates me with boats and watches is that at first glance both objects follow a distinct shape being hundreds of years old and both can be described as archetypal. Both have strong and timeless shapes. The innovation becomes visible in the details, the materials used and the technology employed – with a highly sophisticated research, design and build process...

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