Breitling Celebrates The Anniversary Of The First Non-Stop Balloon Flight Around The World

  1. Jeremy
  2. May 7, 2019 12:56 pm

Breitling Celebrates The Anniversary Of The First Non-Stop Balloon Flight Around The World

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On March 21, 1999, balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones touched ground safely with their Breitling Orbiter 3 in a remote region of the Egyptian desert. They became the first people in history to circumnavigate the world non-stop in a balloon. Breitling – who sponsored the inspirational journey – will commemorate this amazing feat of human ingenuity with the Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition, a SuperQuartz™ watch with features worthy of this scientific and aeronautical milestone.

The Breitling Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition has been crafted from striking black carbon-coated titanium and is limited to 213 pieces, a number chosen to commemorate the date the Breitling Orbiter 3 landed in Egypt – 21.3. – 20 days after it had taken off from Château-d’Œx in the Swiss Alps.

Presented on an orange rubber strap with a folding clasp and featuring an orange dial, the Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition will stand out in any crowd. The numerals, indexes, and hands are coated with luminescent Super-LumiNova®, which makes them legible in any lighting conditions.

On its distinctive screwed titanium caseback, are an image of a balloon superimposed on a globe and the words “BREITLING ORBITER 3”. Around its perimeter is the legend, “FIRST NON-STOP FLIGHT AROUND THE WORLD – 20TH ANNIVERSARY – ETANCHE 100 M” as well as the limited-edition number (1 OF 213). When the definitive history of scientific achievement of the twentieth century is written, it will include a chapter about two pilots circumnavigating the globe in a balloon. The Breitling Orbiter 3 flew from the past and into the future. And a striking, stylishly high-tech chronograph with a black titanium case is the perfect way to celebrate that mission.

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