On March 21, 1999, balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones safely
landed their Breitling Orbiter 3 in a remote region of the Egyptian desert. In
doing so, they became the first people to circumnavigate the globe non-stop in
a balloon. Twenty years later to the day, Breitling – who sponsored the unique
journey – will celebrate this incredible feat of human ingenuity with the
Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition, a SuperQuartz™ timepiece with features
worthy of a true scientific and aeronautical milestone.
With the release of the Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition, Breitling celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the first non-stop balloon flight around the world. It is appropriate that the feature-packed SuperQuartz™ watch will be launched on March 21, 2019, exactly 20 years after the Breitling Orbiter 3 set down in Egypt, completing a journey that had tantalized adventurers for centuries. Balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones accomplished something widely thought to be impossible. And on each pilot’s wrist was a Breitling Emergency.
Breitling CEO Georges Kern is proud of his brand’s historic link to the mission and of its ongoing partnership with Bertrand Piccard, who is a member of the Breitling Explorers Squad and with the Solar Impulse Foundation: “Bertrand is an explorer of the first rank, and he is also one of the world’s true visionaries. He always dares to dream big, and, with every challenge he undertakes, there is always a level of humanity. He inspires all of us and constantly strives to make the planet a better place. We knew that we had to create a very special watch to honor him and the twentieth anniversary of the Breitling Orbiter 3.”
For Bertrand Piccard, the collaboration with Breitling combines friendship and loyalty. “When I started to dream of flying around the world non-stop in a balloon, Breitling supported me with passion. Now, 20 years later, we are still partnering through the Solar Impulse Foundation to create solutions for a better quality of life on this planet. Therefore, the new Cockpit B50 Orbiter Limited Edition is not only celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Breitling Orbiter 3, it is projecting us into new dimensions to explore.”
Circumnavigating the globe in a balloon was considered as the final great adventure of the twentieth century. In total, ten teams of prominent personalities tried 21 times to reach this Holy Grail. Bertrand Piccard himself failed twice in 1997 and 1998 before attempting the third flight with Brian Jones. The balloonists successfully landed in the Egyptian desert on March 21, 1999, after traveling 45,755 km in 19 days, 21 hours, and 55 minutes, thus achieving the longest flight in the history of aviation in terms of both distance and duration.
The Ultimate Wristwatch for Visionaries and Adventurers
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).
The watch is powered by the Breitling Manufacture Caliber B50: a thermocompensated SuperQuartz™ analog and digital display movement designed in-house that delivers ten times the accuracy of a standard quartz watch. The Cockpit B50 Orbiter is a COSC-certified chronometer that includes functions that will prove particularly useful even on the most extreme missions.
In addition to the chronograph with split-time and flyback capabilities, this model features a second timezone display, a perpetual calendar, two alarms with buzzer and/or vibrate mode, a lap timer function and a countdown complete with its own alarm.
And that is only the beginning. The Cockpit B50 Orbiter is equipped with an electronic tachymeter, a countdown/count-up system, and a chrono flight device, which records flight times by memorizing departure and arrival times as well as the date.
Another special feature is the Cockpit B50 Orbiter’s use of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which enables the watch to ensure the smooth juggling of timezones for frequent travelers. This function can also be used to switch between the time displayed by the hands and that of the second timezone shown on the screen simply by pressing a pusher, with the system automatically taking account of a potential date change.
The Cockpit B50 Orbiter has numerous other functions and features – the ones presented here are just the beginning –, but it is particularly user-friendly, with an intuitive, logical, and consistent control system, featuring function selection via crown rotation and activation/deactivation with its two pushers. This impeccable user-friendliness is complemented by the interface messages appearing on the screens to guide the user through the various operations.
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 – after all, ballooning around the world was one of mankind’s early flying dreams – into the future. And a stunning high-tech chronograph whose black titanium case offers a stark contrast to its orange dial and strap is a perfect way to celebrate that mission.
Hublot X Wild Customs X Laurent Picciotto Power Trio
Wild Customs. Hublot. Rock, guitars and watches – fused together by Laurent Picciotto. Their joint creation: the Classic Fusion Wild Customs. A watch that uses iconography to tell the story of rock’n’roll, and symbolises the revolution the independent guitar maker is about to unleash on the music world with the Gyrock – an innovative mechanism designed by Laurent Picciotto. In aged titanium or bronze, the Classic Fusion Wild Customs is the very embodiment of chutzpah and innovation. A love affair between watchmaking and music.
Everybody knows Laurent and his passion for exquisite machines – watches,
electric guitars, motorbikes… Ardent, original, innovative and surprising, he
is a key player in the watchmaking world. Often the first to see the magic in
off-the-wall projects, he is unique and different. It was with him that
we opened the world’s first Hublot boutique at 271, Rue Saint- Honoré 75001,
Paris. By coincidence, Wild Customs and Hublot Saint-Honoré, of which he is the
owner, both came into being in 2008. So when we were designing a watch for
Hublot Paris Saint-Honoré, we were immediately taken with his idea to create a
watch as Wild as his guitars.– Ricardo Guadalupe CEO of HUBLOT
Hublot and Wild Customs – two adventures I have been following since they began, and that share the same depth of passion and rock’n’roll attitude. Their passions run parallel in many ways: expertise, mechanical brilliance, emotion and fearless innovation, time and time again.
– Laurent Picciotto, Founder of Chronopassion and Boutique Hublot
Paris Saint-Honoré, Owner of Wild Customs
As the world’s first Hublot boutique opened at 271, Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, the City of Light was awakening to the sound of Wild Customs electric guitars – instruments conceived at the place where the boldest expressions of craftsmanship, jewellery making and industrial design come together. The point of fusion of these two worlds is Laurent Picciotto, a passionate, adventurous collector and lover of fine watches and electric guitars. His pioneering spirit awakened an affinity with Hublot from the moment the Big Bang was conceived, and also propelled him into the Wild Customs adventure, where his goal is to revolutionise the electric guitar industry.
Together, they have created the Classic Fusion Wild Customs, a watch that showcases the distinctive design and creative force that drives them. A wild, rock’n’roll spirit that inspires them to innovate ever further by designing brand new materials and revolutionary mechanisms. The Swiss watch brand has obtained several patents for its products: scratch-resistant Magic Gold, coloured ceramics and sapphire crystals and its Unico, Meca-10 and Tourbillon manufacture movements. Wild Customs will unveil the Gyrock, its patented mechanism designed to revolutionise the use of pickups on an electric guitar, in Nashville this July.
Rock’n’roll, Innovation and the Avant Garde
The body of its 45-mm case is cut from blackened bronze or aged titanium in tribute to the “relic” technique employed by luthiers. Engraved on the bezel, stylised skulls – a classic emblem of rock music – alternate with an Art Deco pattern that adorns the watch from case to dial. An homage to the avant-garde spirit and the industrialisation of the early twentieth century, inspired by the famous Empire State Building and its magnificent hall. Exuding the energy of rock music, the lightning seconds hand in surf green celebrates the pioneering spirit of the 1950s and 1960s – the golden age of the electric guitar – and its unrivalled creativity. The watch is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement. Featuring a strap in brown vintage leather or black leather stitched onto rubber, the Classic Fusion Wild Customs is available in a limited edition of 2×100 numbered pieces, accompanied by a plectrum in blackened bronze and aged titanium and an exclusive presentation case inspired by the two brands.
The Classic Fusion Wild Customs is available exclusively from the Hublot Boutique at 271 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris until the end of July, and from other partner boutiques from August.
Pelé – Mbappé – Hublot: Fast Forward to the Future
Both have made their mark on footballing history. One has finished his career, the other is just beginning his. What unites them is love, respect for football and a remarkable destiny. Since the World Cup, an affinity has grown between the two men on social media. Today, Hublot brings them together for the very first time, marking a passing of the baton and a moment of recognition between the greatest player of all time and the most promising hope in world football. King Pelé, a Hublot ambassador since 2013, has crossed the Atlantic to meet Kylian Mbappé, the watch brand’s newest ambassador, for a truly historic and moving encounter.
The generosity of Pelé and Kylian can be seen in their eyes, as can their love of football. This flame, this inextinguishable strength, is what drives these two great champions. They are inspiring new generations of footballers and writing the history of football, so it was perfectly natural to bring them together. Having them in our family is a great source of pride and pleasure, because before being football stars, they are above all great men who command respect.- Ricardo Guadalupe CEO HUBLOT
I am honoured to have the opportunity to personally meet Kylian. He
embodies the new generation of footballers and espouses the values of a sport
that inspires and unites the world. I am happy that he symbolises hope; the
hope that anything is possible, for the dreams we must believe in and fight
for, regardless of our origins or our social status. For me, the key to success
can be captured in two words: humility and perseverance. That is the message
that the new generation must convey, and Kylian has perfectly understood this.-
Pelé HUBLOT AMBASSADOR
The youngest player to ever win a FIFA World CupTM
The only triple world champion with the brazilian team in the history of football
UN and UNESCO Ambassador
I have learned that the biggest stars and the best players are the most
humble and respectful, those who are able to keep their feet on the ground.
Respect, humility and lucidity are values that my parents passed down to me and
they are values that I am proud to now share with my adopted family, Hublot,
and King Pelé, who perfectly embodies what my parents have always taught me —to
be a great footballer, you must first and foremost be a great man.- Kylian
Mbappé HUBLOT AMBASSADOR
Greatest hope in wolrd football
Youngest-ever player to score a double in the knockout stage
And yougest player to score in a World Cup Final since Pelé in 1958
Pelé crosses the atlantic to meet Kylian Mbappé — 2 April 2019 I Paris
Hublot opens a new chapter in footballing history by bringing Pelé and
Kylian Mbappé together for this momentous encounter. The paths of these two men
show uncanny similarities. Is this chance, or fate? There are 60 years between
Pelé’s first World Cup and that of Mbappé. However, the impact of these two
players on the history and love of football remains absolute. Pelé and Mbappé
are two timeless, devoted and esteemed symbols of the world’s most unifying
sport, two generations with shared values: Humility, Generosity,
These two exceptional giants are renowned for breaking records, both as forwards who have made speed their trademark. They both won the first World Cup they played in and they were the youngest players (Pelé was 17 years old, Mbappé was 19) to score in and win a World Cup, both while wearing the number 10 jersey. A highly symbolic number in the world of football, the number 10 embodies that moment of perfect balance; the moment at which dreams become reality. In 1958, Pelé wore this jersey by chance; for Mbappé, 60 years later, it was a choice.
This emotional event was the occasion for Pelé to present Kylian Mbappé the Hublot watch that had been designed in collaboration with the footballing legend, a Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Pelé Special Piece, re-imagined especially for this encounter, in order to be given to the French footballing talent. The back of this timepiece features Pelé’s logo on the case-back, as well as the date 02.04.2019 and the place, Paris.
As for Kylian Mbappé, he presented Pelé with a Big Bang Unico Titanium, which featured the French flag on its strap, the KM logo on the case-back, and the same note of the date and place as Pelé’s version.
Kylian Mbappe—World Champion, New Hublot Ambassador
He is unique, he is the first, he is different. He is Hublot!
He is unique
He makes France, the world and the entire footballing planet dream.
Mbappé embodies the new generation that will set all future footballing records. Kylian Mbappé is currently the highest scorer in the French championship. He is a world champion, double French champion (PSG and Monaco) and winner of the Coupe de France (French Cup) and the Coupe de la Ligue (French League Cup) with PSG.
He is the first
Mbappé is the first player since Pelé – 60 years ago – to score a goal during and win a World Cup final at such a young age. He is the youngest Hublot ambassador in the Hublot Family.
A sign of fate: Kylian was born in 1998, the year that marked France’s historic victory against Brazil in the FIFA World Cup.
20 years later, by scoring one of the four winning goals in the final, he earned the second star for the French national team. He has just made history, and this is only the beginning.
Mbappé is renowned for his extraordinary powers of acceleration, his unpredictability and his reading of the game. At just 20 years old, he is considered to be one of the best players in the world and was named by FIFA as Best Young Player of the tournament in Russia last summer
He is different
An outstanding athlete who makes people smile, Mbappé is also generous, donating all of his match bonuses to the charities he sponsors. The man they call “37”, thanks to his top speed recorded at the World Cup, truly makes the world dream.
Kylian Mbappe, The Incarnation Of Football For Hublot
The only current player among Hublot’s Football ambassadors, Kylian Mbappé will play a decisive role in the watch brand’s communications. Deservedly famous, he takes the top ranking!
Jaeger Lecoultre Reveals The Rendez-Vous Moon Serenity
This precious pink gold version of the Rendez-Vous Moon Serenity watch relays the quintessence of the Manufacture’s watchmaking and jewellery expertise.
Moon Phases in an ocean of blue
The Rendez-Vous Moon Serenity is all in blue, with a mother-of-pearl moon phase set off against its satin-brushed star chart. Dainty golden half-spheres scintillate under the light above the enchanting blue of its inner dial, recreating the constellations of the night sky on a starry evening. The floral hour numerals that are so emblematic of the Rendez-Vous collection softly fade into the lower part of the satin-brushed sunray dial, almost to the point of vanishing altogether. The hour numerals form the arc of a circle, their discretion inviting the eye to focus on the splendour of this nocturnal ballet, in its endlessly cycles of renewal…
Equally precious and precise
The bezel is encircled by a crown of 62 brilliant-cut diamonds. Each precious gemstone is rigorously selected before it can be precisely positioned alongside the other gems in the setting. Like a wayward butterfly, a mysterious circling star indicates the time of an upcoming Rendez-Vous. Inconspicuous and mischievous, this glittering star reminds us that the name of the watch – which is also the name of the collection – was chosen for exactly that reason. The beating heart of the Rendez-Vous Moon Serenity is powered by the precision of its automatic mechanical movement, the Jaeger‑LeCoultre Calibre 935, whose 265 components can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back. Through both its faces, the Rendez-Vous Moon Serenity watch in pink gold presents an alluring temptation to travel, with the stars as our companions along the way. In the purity of its lines and the refinement of its contours and materials, this resolutely contemporary watch channels the distinguished combination of the Grande Maison’s Rare Handcrafts “Métiers Rares”®.
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