Crossing the Pacific in a rowing boat is not impossible. Especially when wearing the Master Compressor Extreme World chronograph from Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Emmanuel Coindre has successfully achieved his challenge of rowing across the northern passage of the Pacific, from Japan to the United States, meaning almost 11,000 km in 129 hours 17 hours 22 minutes and 22 seconds. After leaving Choshi (Japan) on June 24th 2005, he arrived in San Francisco on Monday October 31st, powered exclusively by the strength of his own arms, with no stops and no assistance, on a 6.50 meter composite rowboat.
Jaeger-LeCoultre supported the sportsman at each step of this daunting and ambitious undertaking, during which Emmanuel’s physical and mental preparation was confronted with extremely unfavourable weather conditions. The Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph remained firmly strapped to his wrist throughout the voyage.
Emmanuel Coindre: “A watch is an indispensable instrument for all sailors, and here again time was a precious tool, as indeed was the worldtime function to help me find my way through the various timezones. One of the key characteristics of the Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph is an anti-shock system patented by Jaeger-LeCoultre which was very useful throughout my voyage, particularly when you consider that the boat capsized 16 times and that the humidity rate was over 90% for the full 129 days.”
Jérôme Lambert, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre: “From June 24th to October 31st, the Manufacture has been living and breathing in unison with Emmanuel Coindre. What could Jaeger-LeCoultre do to accompany him in an adventure for which the word “extreme” seems barely sufficient? Naturally, by entrusting him with one of its most reliable timepieces, providing him with logistic backing, believing in him and supporting him at each moment of this unique odyssey. Faced with the raging elements, a spiritual dimension is essential in order to withstand the torments of doubt. The same trust drives the designers at Jaeger-LeCoultre who know that, despite the difficulties encountered along the way, they will succeed in drawing even closer to perfection.”
It is with the emotion born of a shared adventure that Jaeger-LeCoultre salutes Emmanuel Coindre’s extraordinary feat by creating a limited series of 30 Master Compressor Extreme World Chronographs. Twenty titanium and steel watches and ten titanium and platinum watches will preserve the memory of this unique undertaking. This series features the yellow and black colours of Emmanuel’s boat, with a worldtime disc on which Choshi replaces Tokyo and San Francisco Los Angeles, along with a specially engraved seal on the back.