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One of the first people to walk on the moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin made the Apollo 11 moonwalk in 1969 with Commander Neil Armstrong. Buzz’s father was a colonel in the Air Force and encouraged his passion for flight. Buzz went on to become a fighter pillow and flew in the Korean War. In 1963 NASA selected Buzz Aldrin for the next Gemini mission and in 1969 he made history. Aldrin went on to develop space technology and became an acclaimed author.
Known for its stealth, the Omega Speedmaster has been worn by pilots, explorers, athletes and astronauts. Buzz wore an Omega Speedmaster, making the Speedmaster the first watch to be worn on the moon. Neil Armstrong went on to take one of the most famous photographs in history, of Buzz Aldrin in his spacesuit on the moon; in the photo you can see the black strap of his Speedmaster.
It is often debated how the Speedmaster acquired its “Moonwatch” nickname and it’s down to the approval it received from NASA after meeting all requirements to go to the moon. NASA declared it ‘operational for space exploration and flight certified’. The exact Speedmaster worn by Buzz was the Omega Speedmaster ST105.012, an asymmetrical edition which displayed the ‘lyre lugs’ with a 42mm case and calibre 321.
Upon his return, Buzz followed protocol and sent his watch to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington to be displayed, unfortunately the watch got lost on the way. Today the Moonwatch could fetch millions at auction, even after all this time, it is possible the watch will one day turn up. In the interim, the Omega Speedmaster can be bought, the brand have produced many iterations to suit a variety of needs.
Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge best known as Kate Middleton became a tabloid headline from the start of her relationship with Prince William, who she went on to marry in 2011 at Westminster Abbey. The couple currently have three children together; Prince George, daughter Charlotte and fourth in line to the throne, Louis. Kate has come a style icon in recent years and anything she is seen wearing can create huge trends.
Kate’s watch, the Ballon Bleu De Cartier was a gift from Prince William for their third wedding anniversary. The watch has a blue spinel set into its crown and complements her famous sapphire engagement ring which belonged to the late Princess Diana. It comes as no surprise that William chose to gift Kate with a Cartier watch, the brand is beloved by royals and Cartier is often commissioned by the Royal Family to create unique pieces. Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton also wears a Ballon Bleu de Cartier and Meghan Markle and Princess Diana have been spotted wearing Cartier Tank’s in the past.
Kate wears the stainless steel, medium-sized piece which has a round case, fluted crown set and the recognisable blue spinel cabochon. It features a silvered opaline dial with pained roman numerals and blued-steel sword shape hands.
Best know for his roles in Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Pulp Fiction, actor John Travolta has had an astounding career. As well as his acting and singing career, John Travolta has hade a huge passion for aviation; with his own collection of jets and a pilot’s license. His love of Breitling encompasses his appetite for planes and timepieces alike.
Of all the Breitling’s he owns, John is most often spotted wearing a Breitling Navitimer, he has also featured in many Navitimer campaigns. The Navitimer was an evolution of an earlier Chronomat with a typical slide rule bezel. The brand decided to improve this highly practical bezel and in 1952 the ‘Navi’ was created. The slide rule bezel was used to calculate complicated operations without any other tool. The United States Air Force used this watch and Breitling became a brand dedicated to pilots. Breitling continue to be the official supplier of board instruments for all the major aircraft companies, e.g., the 1957 Boeing 707 with a Breitling dashboard instrument.
The model always on his wrist is the Navitimer AB012012-BB01BK with a black leather strap, black dial and white hands. It is water resistant with a bidirectional bezel and the watch is encased with sapphire crystal for true resistance. There watch is self-winding, has a stealthy power reserve while being stylish and functional. The Navitimer is truly a timeless watch and is available today in many iterations to suit all types of wearers.
Founder of Amazon.com and owner of ‘The Washing Post’ Jeff Bezos is the richest man in modern history with his fortune estimated at $150 billion, $55 billion richer than Bill Gates. Princeton graduate Jeff quit his job on Wall Street to open Amazon.com; a virtual bookstore that became one of the internets biggest success stories. Then, in 2013, Jeff purchased The Washing Post for $250 million. With no press promotion, Amazon sold books across the USA and 45 other countries within 30 days, the company grew at a faster rate than anyone could have anticipated. Amazon went on to diversify its offering with the sales of CDs and then on to clothes, electronics and other household goods. In 2007, the company released the Kindle which went on to change the reading landscape.
So how does the richest man on earth spend money on time? With an Ulysse Nardin timepiece made of stainless steel, sapphire crystals and finished with a fine leather strap. The exact model is Ulysse Nardin Dual Time 233-88-7; the watch showcases dual time indication and plenty of nautical design. The watch has the dial of many of the predecessors in the range; a local time is shown from centre-mounted hour and minute hands, with small seconds at 6 o’clock. The impressive Dual Time feature is easily set via pushers on the side of the case and even the date display switches as you adjust the time.