This weekend, Fort Lauderdale, Florida -- known to many as "the yachting capitol of the world" -- hosts the 56th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Exhibits feature everything from yacht builders and designers to brokerage yachts and exotic cars. A variety of sea vessels serve as eye candy: sportfishers and cabin cruisers, ski boats, canoes, superyachts, and so much more. Also serving as eye candy are these handsome awards clocks we created for the U.S. Superyacht Association's (USSA) annual meeting, held this year aboard the Floridian Princess. The meeting will update members to all that USSA has in store for the coming year and recognize those who have made valuable contributions.
And the Chelsea awards this year go to....
The Golden Compass Award: Inspired by a centuries-old mariner's timepiece, this Boardroom Clock features a precision quartz movement and a forged solid-brass case, which pivots for easy viewing. The Boardroom Clock is nestled in a handsome, paneled-wood case, hand finished in rich mahogany. The personalized engraving plate inside the case makes this piece especially treasured. Congratulations to winner Julie Balzano, NMMA.
The Beacon Award: Our carbon fiber barometers masterfully blend the intricacy of fine watch-face design with the dramatic styling of carbon fiber and the strength of solid, forged-brass cases to create a truly unique piece. This one features a forged-brass case, a double bellows holosteric barometer movement, and an etched carbon-fiber dial with both inch and milibar scales. Congrats to winner Jennifer Saia, B & B Yacht Charters.
The Chairman’s Award: Like the barometer mentioned above, this carbon fiber flag clock takes cues from mariner timepieces of yore while incorporating stylish modern accents like the chrome finish and sleek sports hands. Congratulations to Kristina Hebert!
The Outgoing Chair Award: We believe our Presidential clock brings stately elegance to any space, with its hand-finished, forged-brass case and rich, mahogany base, it also features a quality German-engineered quartz movement. This one was awarded to John J. Mann, III, Chairman U.S. Superyacht Association, from 2012-2015. Congratulations!