Dario Costa flew through a tunnel at 150mph and seeing that he’s a brand ambassador for Hamilton, the watchmaker dropped a new 46mm Khaki Aviation Take-off Automatic Chronograph to celebrate.
It took a year of preparation, but Costa managed to complete the world record-breaking “tunnel take-off” flight in Çatalca near Istanbul, Turkey. He did it in a specially modified Zivko Edge 540 race plane. He flew this plane at 150mph in with less than a metre separating him from the ground below.
The flight broke five records:
- First aeroplane flight through a tunnel
- First aeroplane flight through two tunnels
- Longest flight under a solid obstacle
- Longest tunnel flight at 1,730m
- First aeroplane take-off from inside a tunnel
The watch itself is limited to just 100 pieces to reference the 100cm of space Costa had within the tunnel above and below him.
To reference the low-light conditions and the 40 second duration of the flight, Hamilton applied Super-LumiNova to the chronograph seconds hand and the seconds that indicate from zero to 40.
A bi-directional rotating bezel is featured with a 15-minute countdown. There’s also a small seconds complication as well a date window. It’s all powered by Hamilton’s H-31 automatic chronograph movement.
It’s a nice enough looking watch and looks incredibly functional but it doesn’t really stand out much, does it? The yellow highlights contrast well with the black and effectively gives the vibe of a road but past that it just kinda feels like any other pilot’s watch.
It’s available now on Hamilton’s website and is priced at £2,645 ($4,900 AUD).
In other watch news, Audemars Piguet just dropped 11 new Royal Oak Offshores.