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TAKING TO THE SKIES

Breitling celebrates 77 years with a special record-breaking world air tour.

Celebrating its 77th anniversary this year, the Breitling DC-3 landed in Seletar Airport Singapore on April 3 as part of its record-breaking world tour aiming to become the oldest airplane to circumnavigate the globe.

To commemorate the arrival of this legendary plane, two fire engines welcomed the aircraft with a special water cannon salute arranged by the Changi Airport Group. The Breitling DC-3 is the first aircraft to receive this honour at the Seletar Airport.

The following day members of the media and esteemed guests joined in the adventure on a 20 minute scenic flight around Singapore, crossing the straits of Johor Malaysia, from a low cruising altitude of 1,500 ft.

The Breitling DC-3 world tour took to the skies on March 9 , seventy-seven years to the day since its maiden flight. Departing from Breitling’s home country of Switzerland, the plane will visit 28 countries and 55 cities over six months, and will return to Switzerland for the Breitling Sion Airshow 2017 in September. Singapore is its 13th stop, after encompassing the Balkans, the Middle East, India and South-East Asia (Thailand, Malaysia).

To celebrate the world tour, Breitling is introducing a 500-piece limited edition of its famous Navitimer aviation chronograph. This steel Navitimer 01 (46 mm), powered by Manufacture Breitling Caliber 01, will notably be distinguished by its caseback engraved with the Breitling DC-3 World Tour logo. Enthusiasts will have to wait until the fall of 2017 to get their hands on this model – all 500 pieces will travel aboard the DC-3 around the planet, thus ensuring that they are truly part of the entire adventure. Each watch will be delivered with a certificate signed by the flight captain.

The first Douglas DC-3 (DC for Douglas Commercial) twin-engine propeller plane made its maiden flight in 1935, at a time when Breitling had introduced its first on-board chronographs for civilian and military aircraft.

Nicknamed the “Normandy landings plane”, the DC-3 seats 20 passengers and has a cruising speed of 241km/h (130 knots). More than 16,000 DC-3 aircraft were built and most major airlines acquired them as part of their fleet. Today there are fewer than 150 DC-3 aircraft in flightworthy condition worldwide, including the Breitling DC-3, which itself flew for the first time in 1940. It now flies under Breitling colours and participates in a variety of air shows around the globe.

Breitling’s objective in organising the Breitling DC-3 World Tour is once again to share its passion for aeronautics with a vast audience around the globe.

A specialist of technical watches, Breitling has played a crucial role in the development of the wrist chronograph and is a leader in this complication. The firm has shared all the finest moments in the conquest of the skies thanks to its sturdy, reliable and high-performance instruments. One of the world’s only major watch brands to equip all its models with chronometer-certified movements, the ultimate token of precision, Breitling is also one of the rare companies to produce its own mechanical chronograph movements, entirely developed and manufactured in its own workshops. This family business is also one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands.

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