This new watch collection from Paul Picot celebrates the Legend of Atlantic Transvolata, a real pride for the Italian engineering technical expertise. In 1933, formation of 25 seaplanes Savoia Marchetti S55X set off from Orbetello for a round trip to reach Chicago and New York and back to Rome. This expedition was organized by Italo Balbo to celebrate the first decade of the Italian Regia Aereonautica and was an opportunity for propaganda at the Universal Exhibition in Chicago: Century of Progress.
To celebrate this extraordinary event, Paul Picot, in collaboration with Alenia Aermacchi, is presenting a limited edition of 25 pieces dedicated to each of the aircraft participating for a total of 625 pieces. An ultra special version of only 10 pieces will be in steel and gold.
The Savoia-Marchetti S.55 was a produced in the 1920s and starred for a decade in various roles in the Italian Royal Air Force. Author of various famous Atlantic Ocean’s Trasvolate became a symbol of the Italian Air Force technological prowess and innovation during the early years of the Italian fascist regime. The only surviving S.55 is the C version on exhibition at the Museum of Tam Sao Paulo in Brazil.
25 SIAI- Marchetti S.55X seaplanes took part to the historic Trasvolata, they were organized in eight squadrons (with one in reserve, call sign I-MARI) all marked with insignias and acronyms. The plane of Balbo had the insignia of an eagle. The flight formation dictated that every three planes per squadron would fly in a “V” configuration with a distance of 500 m between each squadron. Each of these themes is repeated now by Paul Picot on the side of the watch.
Stainless steel case with customized plate, dedicated to each aircraft
Brushed bezel with tachymeter scale
Case back with stylised profile of the S.55X airplane
Water resistant to 50 meters
Paul Picot screw down crown
Customized dial at 9 o’clock, mat black colour with Superluminova index
Date display at 3 o’clock with the Italian flag.
Seconds counter at 6 o’clock with a lancet-shapedhelix.
Automatic movement Valjoux 7750 base
Leather strap with special vintage treatment
5-year warranty on manufacturing defects