In addition to a financial contribution, Ulysse Nardin hopes to bring awareness and raise funds for the organization through the launch of the Diver Deep Dive “One More Wave.” The timepiece features a yellow and black design, with a black DLC titanium case and 1000m water resistance. The case-back is engraved with the “One More Wave” logo to signify the partnership. Members of OMW designed the limited-edition timepiece as a watch that would stand up to the highly variable pressures experienced while surfing, while also subtly reflecting the founders’ background in amphibious warfare.
One More Wave was founded among the U.S. Navy SEALS community and is a certified non-profit 501(c)(3). It is based in San Diego and has been devoted to helping disabled veterans since 2015. One More Wave owns and operates its workshop making custom surfboards for wounded or disabled veterans that fits their needs and allows them to benefit from the unique therapeutic qualities of surfing.
“I had an unforgettable first-hand experience watching the veterans in the One More Wave program in action,” said François-Xavier Hotier, president of Ulysse Nardin Americas. “Their dedication, courage, and camaraderie is inspiring and we hope to bring more awareness to this important work.”
Hotier had been introduced to One More Wave by a friend of his, subsequently meeting Kyle Buckett, managing director of One More Wave, while visiting the U.S Navy SEAL Training Camp in Coronado, CA. One More Wave’s objective is to help wounded or disabled veterans with surf therapy and to get them back in the water by providing customized surfing equipment and assistance. Its mission to help veterans through ocean therapy resonated strongly with Ulysse Nardin, which has long-standing ties to the sea.
“Surfing is actually one of the most effective therapies we’ve ever found for combating depression as well as post-traumatic stress,” added Buckett. “When veterans are in the ocean environment, they are completely in the moment and can escape from their injuries and traumas. It’s our job to put them out there with the right equipment and tie them in with the growing community of surfing veterans.”
Photos by Aidan Demolli