Breitling | Super Constellation C-121C | HB-RSC
Breitling | Super Constellation C-121C | HB-RSC
Artist: Robert Topulos
Size: 160 x 120 cm
Unique exemplar (1/1) signed by the artist, including a Certificate of Authenticity.
The Super Constellation was originally delivered as a C-121 to the US Air Force, which operated it for 17 years, primarily in the air ambulance role. It was restored in the 1990s by a group of passionate enthusiasts and made its European comeback in 2004.
The “Star of Switzerland” is one of just three airworthy Super Constellations, and the only one based in Europe. It is also the only one equipped for passenger flights. Powered by four 18-cylinder, 3,250hp Curtiss-Wright R-3350 radial turbo-compound piston engines, the Super Constellation wowed air show crowds during 14 years thanks to its principal sponsor Breitling.
From exploits to innovations, Breitling has been shaping the history of the chronograph for over 130 years. In 1884 in Saint-Imier, Léon Breitling set up the family business that would grow into a brand with its own indomitable spirit. The company lost no time in embracing the automobile era with a timer/tachymeter that measured speed (1905), followed by the first chronograph to incorporate a separate pusher at 3 o'clock (1915). The Swiss firm was present from the early days of aviation, with the creation of the Huit Aviation Department in 1938. Its onboard chronographs were an instant success.
Come 1940, the Chronomat marked the beginning of a new era with its circular slide rule, eclipsed only by the Navitimer, launched in 1952 and future icon of the brand. Not content to be the favourite watchmaker of pilots, Breitling explored the world beneath the waves with the SuperOcean (1957), water-resistant to 200 metres, and travelled into space with the Cosmonaute – the first Swiss chronograph to go into space on the wrist of astronaut Scott Carpenter in 1962. In 1979, Breitling's rich legacy passed to Ernest Schneider, a visionary entrepreneur and himself a watchmaker and a pilot.
During the 1980s, Breitling took a new era of revolutionary technologies in its stride. The Aerospace (1985) with its dual analog and digital display, the Emergency (1995) with built-in emergency transmitter, the Chronospace (2010) with rotating slide rule and digital display, and the Exospace B55 (2015), the first chronograph with smartphone connectivity, prepared Breitling to take off into the third millennium.
On land, in the air or at sea, more than ever before, Breitling is in its element.
This unique artwork depicts the legendary Breitling Super Constellation C-121C (HB-RSC) on a Verbier's Pennine Alps background.
Framed artwork with national and international transport are delivered in a sur-mesure wooden crate built exclusively for the artwork. Orders made in Geneva and Lausanne area, with framing option, include professional hanging and installation service on location.
International collectors: Please note that the anti-reflective glass option is not available due to the large size of the artwork. However, it is possible to use similar technique as museums and deliver the glass separated from the artwork in the same art-crate with additional protective materials. Please contact us for further information.
LAST UP TO 100 YEARS
Technique: Atelier WOCS artworks are produced by a remarkable process that yields the finest quality graphic reproductions available today. The Giclée prints are fine art prints that will last up to 100 years with proper handling and protection from direct sunlight. Our prints are created with archival fade resistant pigmented inks. They have a wider color gamut, deeper saturated colors, impossible to achieve in ordinary lithographic or serigraphic printing processes. These museum-quality prints allow to reproduce original colors with stunning fidelity.
Archival paper: Our Hahnemühle 308 gsm archival paper meets the highest standards for fine art applications and is perfect for special editions. It achieves outstanding printing results and a high age resistance of over 100 years. It comply with the ISO 9706 norm, standard criteria for international museums and galleries. Specially manufactured natural wool felts give the artworks their unique surface texture, providing a three-dimensionality that enhances the visual effect thanks to an incredible depth.
Authenticity: Our artworks are signed, numbered, include a discrete embossment with the Atelier authentication and come with handwritten certificates of authenticity.
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Frames: Our tailored frame are provided by Atelier Pierre Rosso in Geneva, Switzerland. With solid expertise in handling artworks for international galeries and museums, including painting restoration, the Atelier offers premium quality service and a large range of frames and glasses with anti-glare and anti-UV (92%) ensuring maximum longevity to the artworks.
Transport: Rolled artwork are transported in a rigid protective carton box wrapped in a layer of silk tissue paper and bubble layer ensuring a safe express transportation. Framed artwork are delivered in a sur-mesure wooden crate built exclusively for the artwork (optional).