ZENITH EL PRIMERO Stratos Flyback Striking 10th | US$tba | www.zenith-watches.com
we are pretty sure already heard about Austrian (daredevil) skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s breath-taking feat but if you haven’t (where were you, mate???), here’s a quick recap: he is basically a bloke who successfully leaped off from an altitude of 128,097 feet (39 kilometers – somewhere near the edge of the Earth), made his way down to earth and in the process, broke the speed of sound with a staggering speed of 1,137 km/h (706 mph) – all in just 4:19 minute. and yes, you had a parachute on. ok, you probably already know those figures and you probably already know that Red Bull is the main sponsor of this mega feat but what you probably don’t know is, while he did the feat Baumgartner has a ZENITH EL PRIMERO Stratos Flyback Striking 10th Chronograph strapped to his wrist, effectively making this particular watch to break the sound barrier. well, now you know. the watch was inspired by ZENITH Rainbow Flyback that was designed based on the specifications prepped by the French Ministry of Defense. being military-spec means that this time piece was built to surpass the average consumer model and thus is totally capable of taking any beatings anyone can serve up to it. features include an extremely durable 45.5mm casing, a notched, unidirectional rotating bezel with a black, scratch-proof ceramic disk, telemeter scale, a large date indicator at 6 o’clock with an instant-change mechanism, and a rounded sapphire crystal. pretty amazing stuff, ain’t it? not everyday you get to have a time piece, or any other gadgets for that matter, to prove its claim and survived it.