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Rolex unveils pit lane clock at Albert Park 14 Mar 2013

(Left to right) Rolex Grid Girl; Mr John Harnden, Vice Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation; Mr Arnaud Boetsch, Communication & Image Director of Rolex SA; Sir Jackie Stewart, Rolex Testimonee; Mr Andrew Westacott, CEO of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation; Rolex Grid Girl, 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne 2013 FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX Rolex clock.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 Rolex grid girls.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, 14 March 2013 Rolex Pit Lane clock.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Rolex, title sponsor of the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix and Global Partner of Formula 1, marked the start of its long-term partnership with the pinnacle of motorsport by unveiling the new Rolex pit lane clock at the Albert Park circuit on Thursday.

This partnership reinforces Rolex’s commitment to motor racing and its support of global sport at the very highest level. It brings together two leaders in their fields who share a passion for performance, precision, excellence and new technology. It is part of a strategic move by Rolex to focus its sponsorship activities on ventures chosen for their strong symbolic value and their global resonance.

Throughout its history, Rolex has been driven by innovation and superlative engineering, with the uncompromising quality of a watchmaker’s attention to detail.

The iconic clock face on a pit lane gantry has been specially designed and created to be present at all 19 Formula One races through the year. It forms the centrepiece of Rolex’s new presence around the circuit at each Grand Prix, which also includes on-track visibility such as bridges carrying the distinctive Rolex brand logo. Rolex clocks are already seen worldwide at more than 150 prestigious sporting events, including tennis, golf, sailing and equestrian competitions.

Arnaud Boetsch, Communication & Image Director of Rolex SA, Andrew Westacott, CEO and John Harnden, Vice Chairman of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, accompanied by Sir Jackie Stewart, OBE and long-serving Rolex Testimonee, were present at the ceremony.

Arnaud Boetsch, Communication & Image Director of Rolex SA said: “This is a historic moment for Rolex as we commence a very exciting and fascinating partnership with Formula One. The shared values between Formula One and Rolex are strong and our pit lane clock symbolizes the concept of precision, quality, high performance and the pursuit of excellence on a global stage”.

Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Rolex Testimonee, said: “Having worked with Rolex for 45 years it is wonderful to be with them today here in Australia. I felt quite emotional when I saw the clock and the crown logos around the track. It feels so natural for Rolex to be part of Formula One.”

Australian Grand Prix Corporation Chairman, Ronald J Walker AC CBE, said: “It’s an absolute delight and honour to welcome Rolex to Melbourne. We are very proud to have Rolex as our Title Sponsor and I’m very much looking forward to an exciting weekend of racing as the 2013 season gets underway.”

Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the Formula One group, said: “It is superb to have Rolex with us for the first time and nice to see a prestigious brand so strongly represented around the circuit. We welcome them to the Formula One family and look forward to a long partnership.”

Rolex has a time-honoured passion for motor racing and speed, stretching back to the 1930s, and plays an active role in nurturing the highest standards in all the sports it is associated with. Rolex is forging a global partnership with the pinnacle of motorsport as Formula One racing enters a new era: it is a natural fit.

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