New Brand – TNG Reaches the U.S.
Six years ago a Dutch professional catamaran sailor, Herbert Dercksen, returned from the Atlanta Olympics with a desire to develop a solid and accurate Swiss sailing watch, specifically designed for the new extreme demands of the Olympic sail racing rules and the various starting procedures. Hence the birth of the brand TNG.
TNG stands for Tack and Gybe, the two main maneuvers to change course on a sailing boat. In 1998 the first patented TNG Sail Racing Watch was successfully introduced. The movement of the watch was developed together with Swiss watch brand Frederic Constant.
So far sales have been generated mainly through nautical distributors. In four years over 15,000 TNG watches have been sold in 11 countries, with main markets being Australia, Germany, The Netherlands and Norway. In 2003 TNG will expand its distribution to the United States through jewellery distributors.
At this moment the TNG collection contains five models, Baltic Cup, Match Racer, Race Master, Race Master Lady and Tornado.
TNG is official Time Keeper of the Round Texel for the third consecutive year. The Round is the biggest cat race in the world with 800 catamarans on the start line.
Mr. Dercksen has won the race twice.