Ulysse Nardin has announced its partnership with French kitesurfer Alex Caizergues who currently holds the World Sailing Speed Kitesurfing record, with a run averaging 107.3 km/h, or 57.98 knots (over 500m).
The first person to surpass 100 km/h on the water by sail power, Alex has carved out a career in the world of board sports.
Speaking of the famed Mistral wind in the south of France, Alex remarks that “there’s nothing better than a session in a favorable mistral” and adds: “When given a choice, I’ll always pick the kite and live by the rhythm of the wind.”
In kitesurfing, one is on his own on the board, as well as against the stopwatch. Athletes and watchmakers have always been connected. “Time is crucial to me and the synergy is real,” he concludes.
Alex is accompanied on the water by Ulysse Nardin’s Diver Deep Dive, a sturdy and functional sports watch that is water-resistant to a depth of 1,000 m. Powered by the in-house UN-320 calibre, the features of the Diver Deep Dive have been designed for extreme sports enthusiasts both under and on the water: a helium valve, a detachable titanium guard, an expandable and adjustable leather strap and a large bezel fitted with 12 notched teeth for easy manipulation. Its dial is decorated with 15 sharks, plus another stamped onto the caseback, to remind us that man only visits the oceans and that the sea belongs to the animals that inhabit it.