Monday, August 10, 2009

Yves Rossy: Hublot's Fusion Man

Hublot is a watch company at the edge of its game, creating adventurous bold timepieces. It is little wonder Hublot sponsors Yves Rossy. The picture above was taken many feet above the earth surface where only Mr Rossy, a former fighter pilot and current pilot, and his incredible flying machine rules the sky. The four German built model aircraft engines which provide 200lb thrust each, enable the 110lb foldable carbon wings and Rossy in his 120lb suit to ascend 200ft a minute. Flying at over 300km/h and at a dizzying height of 2000 meters Yves Rossy amazes the spectators.

On September 26th, 2008, Yves Rossy became the first man to fly across the English Chanel, from Calais, France to Dover, UK propelled by his 8ft feet wings and jet pack on his back he glided and steered using his body until he covered the distance of 35 kilometers in just 13 minutes.

The idea of flight is as old as time itself. Which man has not gazed into the heavens and spotted an eagle soaring on the wind and not wished it for himself? I was reminded of Icarus soaring through the clouds. As the legend has it, Icarus's father Daedalus fashioned for he and his son wings and wax to escape King Minos. He was warned not to go to close to the sun as the wax would melt. Icarus being carried away by the euphoria of flight did not heed to his fathers warning and flew close to the sun. The wax melted and his feathers fluttered away. Icarus kept flapping his wings, but without feathers he plummeted to the ground.

FusionMan a.k.a Yves Rossy is at home in the sky, and his exceptional passion and knowledge of flight propels him to push to the extreme. His flying machine is cutting edge technology utilizing materials and pushing the principles of aerodynamics like never before. Hublot's Big Bang watches fuses ancient and high tech materials creating a timepiece of incredible structure, durability and style.

Fusionman man is the perfect compliment to thew vision of Hublot where the adventure of horology has no end in sight. I have no doubt that both FusionMan and Hublot will continue to amaze us with adventures beyond our realm of imagination.

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