Breitling | Super Constellation C-121C | HB-RSC
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|Breitling | Super Constellation C-121C | HB-RSC
Atelier WOCS, Robert Topulos
145 by 100cm.,57 by 39 in.
Signed and dated
Entitled "Star of Switzerland," this singular piece showcases one of the three airworthy Super Constellations in existence, and the only one gracing the skies of Europe. Its distinction is further heightened as it stands as the singular Super Constellation primed for passenger travel. The aircraft's formidable power, supplied by four 18-cylinder, 3,250hp Curtiss-Wright R-3350 radial turbo-compound piston engines, has enthralled spectators at air shows for over a decade, made possible through the sponsorship of renowned Swiss watchmaker Breitling.
Breitling's illustrious legacy, extending beyond 130 years, has been one of audacious exploits and trailblazing innovation, carving a timeless niche in the annals of chronograph history. Established by Léon Breitling in 1884 in the heart of Saint-Imier, this family-run enterprise rapidly adapted to the automobile epoch, introducing a timer/tachymeter capable of speed measurement in 1905, swiftly succeeded by the premier chronograph featuring a separate 3 o'clock pusher in 1915. Breitling's pioneering spirit pervaded the nascent arena of aviation, birthing the Huit Aviation Department in 1938, whose onboard chronographs instantly captured the market.
The Chronomat, unveiled in 1940, ushered in a novel epoch with its circular slide rule, a feat overshadowed only by the Navitimer's launch in 1952, the future emblem of the brand. Breitling's vision transcended the realms of the sky and penetrated the underwater world with the SuperOcean, water-resistant up to 200 metres, in 1957, and ventured into the cosmic frontier with the Cosmonaute, the inaugural Swiss chronograph to orbit Earth, adorning astronaut Scott Carpenter's wrist in 1962. The stewardship of this rich legacy transitioned to Ernest Schneider, a visionary entrepreneur and adept watchmaker-cum-pilot, in 1979.
Breitling seized the opportunities of the technological revolution in the 1980s, crafting groundbreaking creations like the Aerospace with dual analog and digital display in 1985, the Emergency featuring an integrated emergency transmitter in 1995, the Chronospace boasting a rotating slide rule and digital display in 2010, and the Exospace B55 in 2015, the first-ever chronograph with smartphone connectivity. As it soars into the third millennium, Breitling's relevance remains palpable, whether on land, in air, or at sea. This exceptional artwork vividly captures the majestic
Breitling Super Constellation C-121C (HB-RSC), set against the stunning backdrop of Verbier's Pennine Alps, encapsulating the timeless alliance between human ingenuity and nature's grandeur.