Perfectly timed to coincide with the launch of the sporty new Endurance Pro, Breitling introduces triathlete Chris McCormack as its latest ambassador
What’s special about the new Endurance Pro?
I’m an active individual, so it’s hard not to love everything about this watch. Fashion is obviously very important, and Breitling has nailed the look and evolution of this timepiece. The retro feel of this watch ties it back to its Seventies roots but it’s also been modernised. Something I must mention is how light it is. You don’t even realise it’s on your wrist—it’s brilliant.
How do you wear your Endurance Pro?
I’m currently wearing the yellow version because it has a strong affinity with leading bicycle races and yellow jerseys within the endurance world. I’ve also ordered the blue one. Conservative but stylish, it’s a statement piece but in a softer way. Plus, blue is my favourite colour.
How has watchmaking impacted you?
Breitling was a big part of my life when I was an athlete and it continues to be now that I’m a corporate leader [as founder of Mana Sports and Entertainment Group]. It’s taught me that modern luxury is about being inclusive and functional, as well as having the strength and confidence of character to explore something different.
What can we expect from you over the coming months?
I was supposed to be running the 2020 Marathon des Sables across the Sahara, followed by the London Marathon, but both events have been cancelled because of the coronavirus. I would really like to run a sub-2:22 marathon in London.
I’m also involved in Pho3nix, which is a non-profit organisation that links global sports stars with children to improve their health and wellbeing. Our aim is to raise more than one billion euros over the next 15 years. It’s a huge project and very exciting.
How have you spent the last few months?
I live in Phuket, Thailand, but my offices are in Singapore. Plus, for the past seven years my eldest daughter has been studying at boarding school in Australia. In March, my family and I travelled to Australia to check on her but because of border closures we got stuck here, with no chance of leaving until sometime in 2021.
Covid-19 has been very disruptive for my family. It’s been a struggle but at the end of the day we are safe and healthy. Disruptions like this can be a blessing in disguise.
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