Brand story: American spirit, Swiss precision
The Official Timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, Hamilton takes to the air with two special editions.
2017 HAS BEEN Hamilton’s year. It’s the year the Pennsylvania-born Pennsylvania- born brand became the Official Timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Created in 2003 and officially a world championship in 2005, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship celebrated its landmark 75th race at this year’s 2017 season opener in Abu Dhabi in February.
The race puts wings on the competitive field of motorsports and features 14 of the best race pilots in the world. Heavy on speed, precision and skill, qualifying pilots must navigate a lowlevel aerial track around 25 meter high air-filled pylons in their fastest, most agile, lightweight racing aircraft. Among them is Hamilton Watches ambassador, Nicolas Ivanoff. Dubbed the Quick Corsican, the French pilot shares a passion for flight with the watch maker and possesses the kind of flair best described as painting in the sky.
Founded in 1892, Hamilton has been timing the skies since 1918 when pioneering pilots of the era navigated the skies with the brand. In addition to keeping the first American airmail ser- vice on track, Hamilton has also been the official watch of TWA, Eastern, United and Northwest.
Today, many squadrons rely on Hamilton watches as their prevailing gear including South Korea’s 121st fighter Squadron, Spain’s Patrulla Aspa, USA’s Patrol Squadron Forty and the Apache and F-16 Demo Teams from the Netherlands.
Hamilton’s Khaki Air Race special edition, released for the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship, comes in two versions: a Team Hamilton model with orange and black team colours on the dial and a special case back printing symbolising the synergy between Hamilton Watches and Ivanoff; and an Official Timekeeper model with blue and grey dials and a red second hand honouring the Red Bull Air Race colour.
Both versions come in a choice of 38mm or 42mm stainless steel case, with black leather strap and stainless steel bracelet options. The timepieces also boast a H-10 automatic caliber, 80 hours of power reserve, date display, sapphire crystal case and is water resistant up to 50 meters.