Orologi Calamai (Calamai Watches) is an Italian watch maker which is specialised in the manufacturing of high grade aviation timepieces. Established by Francesco Calamai in Firenze, this watch band draws inspiration from legendary combat aircrafts to create the professional grade aviator watches.
With this watch company, Francesco Calamai pays tribute to his father Giosuè Calamai, a fighter pilot of the Royal Italian Air Force who participated in the Spanish war and the Battle of Britain, and decorated with the Bronze and Silver Distinguished Cross. He had the privilege of flying air crafts such as: FIAT C.R. 32, FIAT C.R. 42, FIAT G – 50, Messerschmitt B.F. 109.
Italy is a land of adventurers, heroes, of travellers and poets. The adventurous and fun loving Giosuè Calamai was brave and Intrepid like the fighter pilots of world war era. Francesco Calamai was also inspired from the epic life of his father. As a tribute to his father, Francesco Calamai who has flown many flying machines has created the Orologi Calamai by combining his two greatest passions – Airplanes and watches. A perfect watch is always a best companion of aviators and as a pilot himself, Francesco wanted to create a watch with its own story, and the brand Orologi Calamai was born.
To make his first timepiece (G 50), Francesco Calamai chose the legendary combat fighter jet F 104, also known as “Starfighter”, one of the most significant aircrafts of the post WWII period. The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter is a single-engine, high-performance, supersonic interceptor aircraft originally developed for the United States Air Force. The first combat aircraft capable of sustained Mach 2 flight, F-104 was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations from 1958 to 2004. Put to rest in 2004, the fighter jet remains as a symbol of incredible speed and technology.
|Lockheed F-104, Picture courtesy: Wikipedia|
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