This El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Chronograph watch from renowned Swiss watch-makers Zenith became the first watch to break the sound barrier because it was strapped to Felix Baumgartner’s wrist when he leapt out of a helium balloon at 128,097 feet.
Not only did Baumgartner (accompanied by his Zenith watch) become the first person to break the sound barrier unaided by a vehicle, he also broke the world record for highest freefall and the highest manned balloon flight.
Zenith CEO Jean-Frédéric Dufour explained why the luxury watch-makers became involved with Baumgartner’s supersonic jump:
“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.”
Indeed Zenith watches have been strapped to the wrists of many people throughout history as they took part in heroic and pioneering feats. Explorer Roald Amundsen wore a Zenith on his discovery of the North and South Poles, as did Louis Blériot on his Channel crossing. Mahatma Gandhi’s had a Zenith pocketwatch that he carried with him while he peacefully protested for India’s independence and revered American President John. F. Kennedy always wore a Zenith.
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