Month: October 2019

Breitling Joins Hands With Frank Zappata To Create The New Flyboard® Air Suspension Flying Skateboard

As an expert in precision chronographs and the founder of extraordinary aviation feats-Breitling became the main sponsor of this unique flying machinery development project. Just stand on top of the skateboard and you can shuttle freely in the air. This collaboration opens a new chapter for mankind to conquer the blue sky and overcome the wildest challenges.

Franky Zapata was born in Marseille, France in 1978. Since childhood, he dreamed of flying in water. At the age of 16, this dream prompted him to experience a jet ski for the first time, and to grow into an outstanding professional motor racing test driver.

However, Zapata is not just an outstanding athlete. He also has a courage to open up and try, constantly strives to push the limits, and climbs new peaks that have not been reached by predecessors. In 2011, he invented a hydrodynamic propulsion board that was connected to a jet ski and could ‘fly’ on the water, named it ‘ESH Flyboard ®’. This novel device immediately set off a new wave of sports and was highly sought after around the world-water sports fans have begun to experiment and practice, becoming a new and challenging water sports project.

Enthusiastic and fighting Zapata also set up his own company Zapata Racing ® to create a variety of hydrodynamic propulsion engines suitable for entertainment and competitive games, such as the Flyboard ® Pro series, Hoverboard by ZR ® and Jetpack by ZR ® seats, etc. . Each product has excellent safety guarantees, and can bring an exciting and exciting experience to the driver, which is favored by millions of water sports fans around the world.

In April 2016, Frank Zappata took his invention to a whole new level. After four years of research and development, Flyboard ® Air, a high-tech skateboard capable of flying completely independently in the air, debuted. At present, this new ‘Autonomous Propulsion Unit’ (APU) is still in the prototype stage. It weighs about 20 kilograms and is powered by six power engines (four under the skateboard and two on the side) to ensure its stable flight in the air. In addition to ultra-modern hardware design, a highly sophisticated software system is also required to meet its development. The driver stands upright on this ‘UFO’, which is slightly larger than the aerial camera, and achieves balance through ‘mass transfer’, just like driving a Segway electric balance vehicle, using a hand lever to adjust the propulsion.

Frank Zapata has now completed several very successful and high-profile Flyboard ® Air flight tests and set a world record for the ‘longest distance traveled by flying skateboards (floating skateboards)’, which has since become a household name. Guinness Book of World Records. Like all outstanding aerospace professionals, he regards flight safety as the top priority and uses this as a principle to create this sophisticated and well-designed ‘autonomous propulsion device’, even if the engine occurs during flight. Failure, the skateboard can still function normally. In terms of performance, the goals of Flyboard ® Air (also known as ‘jet suspension skateboard’) are also ambitious: a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour and a maximum flight altitude of 3,000 meters-reflecting Frank Zapata’s desire to fly freely in the air since childhood. dream. In addition to meeting sports and entertainment needs, this innovative flying hoverboard is also expected to be more widely used in areas such as oil rigs, skyscrapers, bridge maintenance or military.

Supporting the Flyboard ® Air project reaffirms Breitling’s unremitting commitment to support the spirit of fearlessness and innovation. Since the birth of the first generation of ‘good guys in aircraft’, fearlessness and innovation have become the driving force for the vigorous development of the human aerospace industry. It is precisely because of the love of adventure and the perfect combination of courage and rigor that human beings can continue Breaking through the limitations and turning seemingly out of reach dreams into reality.

Materials Article Application Of Aluminum In Watch Manufacturing

Aluminium has all the elements to become a perfect material, or almost so. The density of aluminum is very small, 75% and 40% lighter than steel and titanium, respectively; it is not affected by magnetic fields; it emits a beautiful silvery white gloss; it is easy to process and produce; in addition, it will form a dense oxide film in the air, Therefore, it has high corrosion resistance.

   In everyday life, aluminum is also widely used to make tin foil for kitchens, and this is the only drawback of this metal-its texture is too soft. Aluminum is also widely used in the automobile manufacturing industry. It is shaped into a column or rod to reinforce the material, but its texture is still not hard enough, and its surface can be dented with a small force, and it is very easy to scratch. Imagine that a brand new watch was scratched and deformed after only a few weeks. The owner of the first Bulgari aluminum watch and Porsche Design watch in the 1970s must have a deep understanding.

Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Aluminum watch anodized colored aluminum case

   In order to take full advantage of this metal (and its low cost is one of its advantages), the watchmaking industry has found many clever solutions. The first method is to apply it only to certain specific parts and protect it well. For example, in diving watches, aluminum is usually embedded in the case and protected by a stainless steel ring; Richard Miller and Audemars Piguet will use it to make a bridge with a built-in movement. In addition, Audemars Piguet uses anodizing technology to color aluminum, and Hamilton uses the same process to produce blue, green, gray, black, and sand-colored cases from hardened aluminum.

HYT Blue Alumen watch case made of a proportioned alloy of aluminum, titanium, magnesium and zirconium

   Another solution is to make aluminum-titanium alloys, which are not only bright in color but also extremely hard. HYT’s unique Blue Alumen series case is made of aluminum, titanium, magnesium and zirconium alloys in a certain proportion.

Panerai Radiomir Composite 3 Days Pam504 watch with unique Composite case

   Aluminium is one of the basic ingredients for making several high-tech ceramic materials. This little-known knowledge also produces the most amazing ingenious design. High-tech ceramics are highly regarded in the watchmaking industry for their many advantages, especially their scratch resistance. In 2010, Panerai used the chemical properties of aluminum to synthesize a Composite (composite material) for making watch cases.

Kunlun Admiral Cup Warrior Tourbillon GMT47 mm watch ceramicized aluminum case

   Kunlun followed closely in the design of its Admiral Cup Warrior Tourbillon GMT47 mm watch. The surface of the 7075 aluminum case was ceramicized by a micro-arc oxidation process, and the interior remained aluminum, and the surface became scratch-resistant. At the same time, the quality of the case is still very light, which is a solution for the best of both worlds. In addition, there is a non-negligible advantage that the processed ceramic material has 100% skin-friendly and anti-allergic properties, which is not available in a pure aluminum case.

A Watch That ‘tells’ Stories. Legendary Classic Models

Each watch is an exquisite work of art, which becomes more mysterious and beautiful with the passage of time; each watch is telling a story, and each story is a condensed history. Their attitude towards time is sacred and rigorous. The years are stimulating, but the time has brought to these watches not only the precipitation of history, but also the ancient cultural atmosphere. They are also exquisite and luxurious. In terms of value, after years of baptism, antique watches have become more precious and moving, cherishing our fond memories. Behind each watch is its own story, and these stories add a halo of love to the watches. Today they tell these stories.
Mario Anthony has only one Mary Anthony pocket watch
‘Marie Anthony’ pocket watch is said to have been created 200 years ago by the admirer of the French Queen Mary Anthony. At that time, Mary Anthony preferred the Breguet watch, and especially wanted a pocket watch with functions such as three-question, perpetual calendar and power reserve display, but this was unrealistic for the watchmaking conditions at the time. After learning of this news, the admirer of Mary Anthony found Breguet’s artisans and commissioned the founder Abraham-Louis Breguet to make such a watch anyway. Unfortunately, when this watch was completed, Queen Mary was dead for 34 years. Queen Mary failed to achieve her wish. Later, this pocket watch was also fateful, wandering among different collectors, and then stolen in a museum in Jerusalem in 1983.
重现 In order to reproduce this watch, Breguet convened a team of 12 watchmakers. With the description of photos and books, it took four years to complete this pocket watch with 823 parts. Coincidentally, the stolen Mary Anthony pocket watch also appeared magically at this time. The owner expressed his wish to sell this pocket watch through the French Louvre, which has a relationship with Breguet. As for whether it is the original product of that year, further verification is needed.
公主 Princess Sissi’s Secret Watch of Paris In 1860, Dylan met a enamored woman at a masquerade party. She was wearing a lilac dress, her head high and her mask. She danced with Dylan one after another until the bell struck at midnight. The lady in the lilac long dress disappeared at the ball, but it was a mysterious love left to Dylan. That noble gesture, the gorgeous necklace that appeared on the neck, made such an encounter full of mystery. Dylan finds himself in love with a beautiful and illusory shadow, lingering all day long, but never knows who she is. Finally at a rally in the palace, he once again saw the lady in a lilac dress that she thought about day and night. At this time, she was no longer a civilian woman, but a high-ranking Austrian Queen Elizabeth (that is, Princess Sissi)! The tightly closed lips, freeze gesture, and frosty eyes of the Austrian Queen Elizabeth (also known as Sissi) who dressed up prevented him from being associated with the lady in a lilac dress who loved freedom and passion. The heavy phantom folded into a heavy mystery entangled Dylan’s long life. In order to put his thoughts on things and keep time at that midnight, Dylan germinated the idea of ​​making a watch, so he made a Bracelet-style watch, this is the prototype of the Princess Sissi commemorative watch in the Royal Garden series.
Princess Sissi has been unable to adapt to the life of the palace since her marriage, and she is always upset all day. In order to please the princess, Austrian King Franz Joseph decided to send her a custom watch on her 30th birthday. She wanted to let her know. He came to spend her time with her. Coincidentally, after many screenings, this task fell to the Grand Mercure family in Paris. Of course, Dylan devoted 100% of his energy to making this watch. He added a lot of luxury elements to the original design manuscript. This This watch is the prototype of the Queen’s jewellery watch in the Royal Garden collection.
The distinctive curve of the classic ergonomic watch back and curved sapphire anti-glare mirror of the Grand Mercure MATZO PARIS Royal Garden watch in Paris is reminiscent of the soft contour of the shell, presenting a noble and elegant yet relaxed and comfortable style, Fine, sporty character. The dial is hand-engraved with the Grand Mercure Paris Royal Garden pattern, which completes the overall beauty. Warm shell tones complement all exterior tones, and the highlight polishing process adds a feminine touch to the product. In the middle of the dial, the original Mercury original pointer jumps lightly. Without it, the passage of time will be completely submerged in the brilliant sparkle of diamonds. The rare Mediterranean fritillary dial is one of the distinctive designs of this series, showing a more modern sense. The Queen’s Jewelry Watch and Princess Helen Watch in the Royal Garden series are hand-set with 38 VVS diamonds. The sparkle of the diamonds makes the entire watch full of aristocratic interest.
Lange Pocket Watch of Emperor William
The German Emperor Wilhelm II also has an extraordinary love for clocks. Among his many pocket watches, his favorite is a Lange pocket watch. This pocket watch movement is gold-plated and inlaid with 16 ruby ​​bearings, gold screw compensation balances, carved balance plywood, a particularly striking exquisite enamel dial, and a luxurious 18k gold case set with 18 rubies and 57 round diamonds, the top of the pocket watch is a portrait of William II painted in enamel. This was a beautiful representative of the timepieces.
When William II visited Turkey with this beloved pocket watch in 1898, King Abdul Hamid II of Sultan was ‘love at first sight’ with this pocket watch, holding it in his hands and refusing to return it for a long time. Seeing King Sultan so fond of this pocket watch, William II could only bear it and gave it to King Sultan. Today, this precious pocket watch is hidden in the Pukap Palace Museum in Istanbul.
Jacques de Qian Qianlong’s robot puppet clock As early as 1783, Jacques de Lo began to sell various items to China, including watches, snuff bottles, perfume bottles and shrines. The first pair of works is a gold-plated copper bird cage. According to a clear record in the ‘Incoming List’ held by China’s First Historical Archives, the pair of bird cage bells were presented to the Emperor Qianlong as tributes by the Guangdong Customs on the 3rd of August, 1785. Got her Chinese name Jacques Dro. At that time, Jacques de Rodriguez’s masterpieces of watches and clocks were loved and collected by Chinese emperors and dignitaries. One of the clocks was most loved by the Emperor Qianlong. This clock is special in that it is composed of two completely independent mechanical devices. It contains a robot puppet. Before the ‘European gentleman’ starts, help it Dip the ink in the ink brush and turn on the switch, and the gentleman will neatly write the eight big characters ‘Eight Directions, Nine Earths King’. This was deeply loved by the emperor Qianlong, who was so coveted and ingenious, that after retreating to the emperor, he ordered people to move it to his retirement palace in order to enjoy it at any time.

Circle Of Watches