MARK KELLY

GQ (Australia) - - WATCH -

The ‘Exospace B55’ rep­re­sents a com­ing to­gether of dif­fer­ent worlds; the elec­tro-me­chanic and the dig­i­tal. So who bet­ter to as­sist the watch’s take-off, than a man who’s ded­i­cated his life to ex­plor­ing the Uni­verse? A for­mer US Navy cap­tain, and avid Bre­itling col­lec­tor, Mark Kelly is one of Amer­ica’s most dec­o­rated as­tro­nauts. He’s made it to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion four times. Ap­pro­pri­ately, when GQ spoke to him, Mr Kelly was board­ing a plane.

When might a mod­ern-day pi­lot rely on his watch? “Time is an in­te­gral part of fly­ing. When you learn how to fly an air­plane, you of­ten time turns, climbs and de­scents to learn the skills nec­es­sary for fly­ing un­der chal­leng­ing con­di­tions. In the mil­i­tary, the abil­ity to de­liver a weapon on tar­get and on time is crit­i­cal to the suc­cess of a strike. An ac­cu­rate, re­li­able watch that can han­dle the stresses of com­bat avi­a­tion is crit­i­cal to de­liv­er­ing or­di­nance.” Your life re­volves around cutting-edge tech­nol­ogy. What’s the ap­peal of a watch? “As an en­gi­neer, I have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for a watch made of hun­dreds of tiny parts which can be ac­cu­rate to just a sec­ond or two in a day. I also ap­pre­ci­ate good soft­ware and mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. Watches like the ‘Emer­gency II’ or the ‘Exospace’ sit at the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween mod­ern tech­nol­ogy and so­phis­ti­cated, in­tri­cately de­signed, me­chan­i­cal hard­ware.” Why Bre­itling? “Qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and a de­sign that is suited for pi­lots and as­tro­nauts. Bre­itling is by far the watch of choice for mil­i­tary pi­lots. There isn’t a close sec­ond.” How has your ex­pe­ri­ence in space changed the way you think about time? “When you think about space, you think about speed. The faster you travel the slower time passes. My twin brother is just fin­ish­ing a year in space as the com­man­der of the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. Dur­ing his year in space, he will age slower than I will here on Earth. So he and I cer­tainly think about time dif­fer­ently.” Your finest words of wis­dom please… “Be­lieve in your­self and show ap­pre­ci­a­tion for oth­ers. Yes, I know that’s two. Sorry.”

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