Today, Shinola released its new automatic chronograph, the Mackinac, a regatta timer specifically designed for competitive recreational sailing. The Shinola Mackinac is named after one of the most difficult fresh-water races in the world, the annual Mackinac Boat Race which was first established by the Bayview Yacht Club in 1925. Starting in the lower waters of Lake Huron, hundreds of boats traverse well over two hundred nautical miles in a race to the channel just off Mackinac Island.
The Shinola Mackinac timepiece features a unique 40mm square stainless-steel case with an exhibition case back window that reveals the automatic SW511.bhc movement inside. A bright canary yellow dial pops with orange and red details and contrasts with the three-tone blue yacht timer. With a ridged rubber strap and a 10 ATM rating, it is the perfect naval companion for sport or leisure.
The watch features a chronograph sub-dial and pushers on the side that allow the wearer to track additional intervals of time. Specifically, for a competition such as the Bayview Mackinac Race that begins today, the sub-dial features 5-minute increments that are used to help skippers track the minutes and seconds leading up to the start of a sailboat race so they cross at just the right time with maximum speed. The sailboats will travel over two hundred nautical miles during the three-day race. The first square-faced watch that Shinola has produced, the Mackinac was designed and built in Detroit and the mechanical parts were imported from Sweden.