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.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Contents - Words by Grace Lai

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.

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