For more than 130 years, Breitling—a pioneer of the modern chronograph—has celebrated both timekeeping and aviation with an infectious passion. Now, with a change of ownership, the brand is on the cusp of a new era.
The Solar Impulse 2 made headlines as the first solo-piloted plane to fly around the world without using a single drop of fuel, but the ultimate goal is to encourage the everyman to embrace energy efficiency.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Whether you board with a briefcase or a rolling trolley, explore the globe in style with these luggage favourites, photographed on board a Bombardier Challenger 605 jet.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: The world of consumer aviation is a no-quarter-asked-no-quarter-given business littered with sky-high egos and grounded ventures. So after a lifetime spent in this unforgiving business, what drives Robert Deluce to want to continue?
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Depending on your route and destination, you can find yourself mired in a twilight-zone feeling of bewilderment as you arrive in a new time zone a full day behind or ahead of when you left, or like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, driving a rental car through a looking-glass world of traffic on the “wrong” side of the road.
In the arid Middle Eastern air, the city of Doha rises like a concrete mirage in the desert. Qatar’s capital is a small place with a big desire for large-scale built environments.
It can almost go without saying that the national airline carrier of the world’s richest country is better than most.
Love him or loathe him, philosopher Alain de Botton has gotten a couple of things quite right. “There is psychological pleasure [during] takeoff,” he writes in The Art of Travel. “For the swiftness of the plane’s ascent is an exemplary symbol of transformation.”
First, they asked Los Angeles–based street artist Retna to hand-paint the tail of a Bombardier Global Express. Then, along with fine jeweller Fabergé, VistaJet commissioned Turner Prize–nominated artist Ian Davenport to design the tail of one of its new flagship planes: the Bombardier Global 6000.