Swiss watch maker Breitling announces the official watch of weightless flight project that is scheduled in 2015. The S3 Company (Swiss Space Systems) will be organizing its first weightless ZeroG flights to a broad public. As the main partner in this project, Breitling will equip passengers with an exclusive chronograph specially designed for this experience. Registration is now open.
In 1962, Breitling made its maiden weightless flight on the wrist of Scott Carpenter with a Navitimer Cosmonaute – the first space-travelling wrist chronograph. The brand is now the main sponsor of the Swiss project S3 (Swiss Space Systems), of which the avowed aim is “space for all”. For this purpose, S3 has notably set up a program of weightless flights.
The ZeroG project will begin in 2015 in over 15 locations around the world, including Asia, the Middle East and Central America. These flights of around two hours aboard an Airbus will each include 15 “parabolas” or free floats lasting between 20 to 25 seconds and providing a chance to experience total weightlessness by floating as if in space. Passengers’ equipment will include a Breitling chronograph specially created for the occasion.
Equipped with a light and sturdy black titanium case and a Super Quartz TM movement (ten times more accurate than standard quartz), this S3 ZeroG chronograph is distinguished by its S3 logo appearing on the dial and the rubber strap, as well as by its caseback engraving depicting a parabolic flight. It will serve as a boarding card for passengers and will not be commercialized outside this flight program.
Along with their flight suit, the lucky partakers in the ZeroG experience will be entitled to keep this authentic high-performance and functional instrument for professionals, water-resistant to 100 meters, as mementoes representing the equipment having accompanied them during this unique and unforgettable moment.
Breitling Caliber 73, officially chronometer-certified by the COSC, thermo compensated Super Quartz TM, fast time zone adjustment. 1/10th of a second chronograph, 60-minute and 12-hour totalizers with split times (split-second hand). Calendar
Case, dial and strap
Case in Black titanium
Water-resistant to 100 m (330 ft)
Unidirectional ratcheted rotating bezel
Sapphire crystal, glare proofed on both sides
Diameter: 43 mm
Dial: Volcano Black
Strap: S3 rubber