Los Angeles Confidential | May 2013
Sailors at the French West Indies race compete to win a Richard Mille watch.
Contestants set sail in the fourth edition of Caribbean yacht racing competition Les Voiles de St. Barth from April 8-13, 2013 in Saint Barthélemy, French West Indies. But in lieu of a medal, some 800 sailors from around the world braved a challenging sailing course in windy weather in hopes of taking home a bright yellow, water-resilient Richard Mille RM 028 Automatic Dive Watch “Les Voiles de St. Barth” ($93,000).
Sailors and their more than 60 vessels were divided into various classes, which navigated through difficult racecourses around the area. Wendy Schmidt of the Maxi Yachts class anchored a victory in her Swan 80 Selene and was awarded the diver’s watch at the prize-giving ceremony.
The limited-edition timepiece’s bright yellow color is characteristic of traditional sailing and diving pursuits, while its three-part case construction and 22 torque screws render it water resistant up to 300 meters. An automatic winding rotor, which includes a weight that swings inside as a person wears it to generate the watch’s power, makes it the ideal accessory for an active person. Available at Richard Mille Boutique Beverly Hills, 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898
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