Dean Barker, Emirates Team New Zealand Skipper and brand ambassador of Omega unveiled the new Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition timepiece at a special event in San Francisco. The new timepiece was designed to commemorate the 34th America’s Cup, also the Brand’s Connection to the Sea and to celebrate Omega’s partnership with the Emirates Team New Zealand. It was presented to Barker and to ETNZ managing director Grant Dalton in front of media and guests at the ETNZ Base Camp on the Bay.
Dean Barker will captain ETNZ’s new AC72 boat and lead the team in the world’s most famous and prestigious sailing competition, which begins with the Challenger Series on July 7,, 2013. Barker a former Olympian and an America’s Cup champion in 2000 has been part of the Omega family since 2001.
Omega’s partnership with the Emirates Team dates back to 1995 and last year the America’s Cup was contested in the United States, when Sir Peter Blake joined Omega as a Brand Ambassador and led the team to victory in San Diego.
Omega’s President Stephen Urquhart says “We are thrilled to be here in San Francisco, on the eve of America’s Cup competition, to celebrate our long-time partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand and to unveil the new Omega Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition timepiece.” He also added that “Omega has an undeniable connection to the sea, from being the only company in history to produce a wristwatch that received marine chronometer certification, to our history with Sir Peter Blake, solo yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur, and ecologist/filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand. We are proud to serve as Official Timekeeper for Emirates Team New Zealand and wish Dean and the team much success here in San Francisco.”
The Omega Seamaster has always been a favourite with many of the world’s best sailors, including Barker and Dalton. “I’m honoured to wear the new Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition timepiece and am proud to represent Omega as we embark on the 34th America’s Cup,” said Barker. “We appreciate Omega’s commitment to Emirates Team New Zealand and to the sport of sailing throughout history.”
“I admire Omega’s passion for the sea,” added Team Managing Director Grant Dalton, who joined Team New Zealand in 2003 after a two-decade racing career. “They are a terrific and important partner for Team New Zealand and we appreciate their support.”