Breitling Go Out of this World as “Official Watch of Weightless Flight”
When the S3 Company (Swiss Space Systems) launch their first weightless ZeroG flights in 2015 Breitling will be involved as the project’s main partner. Do they have the credentials to be involved in a programme whose tagline is “Space for All” – you bet they do, space travel is interwoven into Breitling’s DNA.
Breitling S3 ZeroG Chronograph – A History of Space Time Telling
Back in 1962, Breitling made history with a space-going edition of their Navitimer, which they named the Cosmonaute. Astronaut Scott Carpenter elevated the watch to cult status when he wore it while on board the NASA space capsule Aurora 7 which took off on May 24th that year. Part of Breitling’s re-think for the special edition was the addition of 24-hour markers to enable the astronaut to track day and night time during his time in orbit.
Breitling S3 ZeroG Chronograph – An Authentic Exclusive Edition
The latest space edition, the Breitling S3 ZeroG Chronograph will be an exclusive edition only available to members of the public who take part in the up-coming S3 ZeroG flight programme which begins in 2015. These flights will take place on board an Airbus, but they will be no ordinary voyages. During almost two hours in the air, 15 “parabolas” or free flights lasting between 20 and 25 seconds will give passengers the opportunity to experience total weightlessness just like astronauts. There will be flights from more than 15 locations including Asia, the Middle East and Central America priced to suit a wide clientele. Breitling’s new S3 ZeroG watch designed especially for the project will be included for those who purchase tickets for the Premium Zone, or the even more exclusive VIP Room, providing a superb souvenir of the occasion.
Breitling S3 ZeroG Chronograph – Robust, Light and Accurate
And the watch? It features a suitably robust 43mm case made from titanium which means that it will wear light on the wrist, perfect for floating free of the earth’s gravitational flow. It also has a rather technical all-black appearance with stand-out white indications providing optimum legibility and is secured firmly to the wrist with an S3 rubber strap.
Breitling have equipped this exclusive model with their Calibre 73, a “thermocompensated SuperQuartzTM” movement which enables fast time zone adjustment. It is capable of timing to 1/10th of a second and has 60-minute and 12-hour totalizers with split-times (split-second hand) – perfect for timing those “parabolas” while on board the ZeroG flights. It also features a calendar, a unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel and is water resistant to 100m. The Calibre which provides power to this piece is officially Chronometer-certified by the COSC and Breitling say that it is ten times more accurate than standard quartz; however the new owners of this exclusive edition will perhaps be more interested in its S3 insignia on the dial and the commemorative caseback engraving as “show and tell” evidence of their unique experience. Registration for the ZeroG flights is now open.