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FASHION


William Craghill and Scott Carpenter Navitimer


Breitling celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first space going wrist chronograph. On May 24th 1962, a Breitling Navitimer


chronograph became the first wrist instrument to share in the conquest of space by accompanying the


Aurora 7 flight on the wrist of Lt Commander Scott Carpenter.


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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historical feat, the brand has launched into orbit a new Navitimer Cosmonaute equipped with a high performance Breitling manufactured movement, entirely developed and produced in the company workshops. Tis 1,962-piece limited edition is distinguished by its 24-hour display, its manual winding mode – two nods to the original 1962 chronograph – as well as the Aurora 7 mission insignia engraved on the case back. Navitimer Cosmonaute. Te legend continues.


On the 24th May 2012, 50 years to the day since he launched into space, Scott Carpenter officially launched Breitling’s new watch in their New York boutique. Our Managing Director William Craghill had the honour of being invited by


Breitling to attend the launch with just one other jeweller from the UK to represent our showroom. William, with other invited VIP’s saw the new boutique transformed into outer space especially for the debut. A huge 10ft tall Aurora casual was created for the event and the walls covered in 26ft tall graphics of images from the voyage in 1962.


Scott Carpenter spoke of wearing a Breitling on the mission and the honour of Breitling dedicating a special watch to him 50 years later, “In 1962, I saw Australian pilots wearing a Breitling Navitimer, which had a unique feature at the time – a circular slide rule – a tool used often in flight for navigation and communication. I asked Breitling to create a special version of the watch for me with a 24-hour dial so I was able to tell the time in space, whether it was day or night since it’s always dark. To have them honour me 50 years later with a custom watch in my honour is extremely special,”


Te watch is limited to just 1,962 pieces worldwide and we are lucky enough to have one coming to us here in Michael Jones Jeweller, Gold Street, Northampton. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and brand new website to keep up to date with our newest stock and special offers.


Michael Jones Jeweller www.michaeljonesjeweller.co.uk


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