Before Felix Baumgartner leapt from a capsule 39km above the Earth (as part of the Red Bull Stratos), he checked his trusty Zenith Stratos Flyback Striking 10th.
This watch holds the honour of being the fastest watch around as it is the only watch on earth that has propelled at that velocity. Yes Zenith has been very quiet for a few years but they have gone back to basics. Before 1969, chronographs were hand wound but Zenith soon made the world’s first self –wound chronograph – the El Primero. As the world’s first automatic chronograph, it carries a prestigious tag and its balance wheel swings at a crazy 36 000 times per hour. This brand has been resurrected in the form of the Zenith Stratos Flyback Striking 10th.
Zenith was the official timekeepers for the Redbull Stratos and has included the Stratos name to pay homage to their role in the highly publicised mssion. It is a flyback which means it can be reset and restarted at the push of the button. This watch is a reminder of history, it has portrait of Baumgartner engraved into it. Making a bold statement it has a 45mm case and a domed sapphire. It’s rectangular chronographs pushers are low profile. It is a big watch but it is one that can be worn proudly, considering the background story. We definitely know it’s tough as nails as it fell from the stratosphere and it landed completely unscathed. The watch is super accurate and can time events to one tenth of a second.
Zenith CEO Jean-Frédéric Dufour said, “We have often been forerunners in unexplored domains and we have accompanied people in their most incredible projects. It is this ability to come up with new ideas, and then push through with new technical developments before anyone else that is most fascinating at Zenith. Our watches have participated in some of the grandest human adventures.”