Wearing Breitling gives you an appreciation of the people whose time and passion went into its manufacturing: specifically, you get a sense of their obsessive dediation to precision.
Breitling is also a company with a long-standing relationship with aviation culture, so of course, their watches do some incredibly cool stuff, too.
We're talking about something that allows you to measure speed over ground, can be used as sun-meter, and can calculate the level of climb or descent of an aircraft – as well its fuel consumption.
There have been a few times where these watches have saved a pilot's life. Two British aviators crashed their helicopter in Antarctica, which – in case you don't know anything about the vast inhospitable tundra that lies directly to our south – did not bode well for the stranded men. Luckily the wayward pair were both equipped with Breitling watches, capable of transmitting an emergency distress signal. The duo was rescued soon after.
You might not be planning an impromptu trip to the south pole anytime soon, but we can imagine it could be useful in getting out of an awkward date night. Although being picked up by emergency services midway through your entree might be a little bit overkill. The point is – the option is always there, and it's a pretty damned cool thing to brag about to your mates, at any rate.
We love to get nostalgic here at Penthouse, lamenting the days gone by where men wooed the ladies they courted doing something daring and reckless. In the 90s, it was extreme sports like base jumping. In the 2000s, it was ... probably something much less impressive (we've gotten a bit soft recently, to be honest). But back when men were made of sterner stuff, they would find the nearest war office and sign up for a bit of an overseas nazi-fighting expedition. As a tribute to the aforementioned ladies they were leaving behind, many pilots would paint images of pinup girls on the noses of the planes they'd been assigned. Some of them even painted these stunning images onto the bombs they dropped over Germany and Japan, giving a whole new meaning to "blonde bombshell".
A while back, we decided to do a contemporary version of this concept by teaming up with Breitling to give you a slightly more modern take on the pinup girls of old.
This shoot features our model Lauren, photographed at Adelaide airstrip wearing a variety of Breitling's aviation watches alongside an incredible array of vintage aeroplanes.
Shoot by Diana Melphi.
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