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In the sum­mer of 2019, a 1943 Spit­fire air­craft will em­bark on an around-the­world flight, count­ing as its main spon­sor watch­maker and avi­a­tion con­nois­seur IWC. The painstak­ingly re­stored (and rechris­tened) Sil­ver Spit­fire, which is be­ing given a sil­ver-chrome fin­ish, will make about 150 stops in 30 coun­tries, in the Mid­dle East, South East Asia and Europe. Avi­a­tion en­thu­si­asts Matt Jones and Steve Brooks will take off from Lon­don and re­turn by Christ­mas. The ex­pe­di­tion is the brain­child of the United King­dom’s Boult­bee Flight Academy, the first Spit­fire fly­ing academy in the world. Swiss watch­maker IWC has been cre­at­ing pi­lot time­pieces for more than 80 years and has, in­ci­den­tally, cre­ated spe­cial-edi­tion watches in the past to com­mem­o­rate the 1940s-era plane. “More than any other air­craft, the Spit­fire sym­bol­ises man’s dream of fly­ing. She is a mas­ter­piece of en­gi­neer­ing, who was born ahead of her time. We were in­stantly cap­ti­vated by the am­bi­tious idea of fly­ing this air­craft around the world, and we are ex­cited to be able to help this ad­ven­ture along its way,” says Christoph Grainger-Herr, chief ex­ec­u­tive of IWC Schaffhausen.

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