Longines and SolarStratos take on the solar challenge
June 23, 2021
Longines and SolarStratos are proud to announce their collaboration, making Longines the Official Partner and Timekeeper of this unique adventure. Driven by a pioneering spirit since its beginnings, the Swiss watchmaking brand has always produced watches and instruments that have contributed to the success of various exploits, thanks to their reliability, accuracy, robustness and original technology. With the high-flying debut of SolarStratos, Longines’ support in this new eco-exploration makes it the ideal partner for conquering the stratosphere with solar energy.
Renowned for the reliability of its precision instruments, the winged hourglass brand has accompanied explorers on their journeys to the last unknown lands, defied extreme weather, navigated wild oceans and played a part in opening up new air routes and establishing aviation records. Legendary aviators and explorers such as Amelia Earhart, Paul-Emile Victor, Elinor Smith and Howard Hughes have all placed their trust in Longines during their travels.
Today, Longines stays true to its pioneering spirit by joining forces with Raphaël Domjan, founder of the SolarStratos Mission and holder of several world records thanks to the power of the sun. The eco-explorer and pilot is thrilled to be partnering with Longines: “We are delighted that Longines, who has accompanied so many legendary adventurers in their exploits, has become the Official Partner of the SolarStratos odyssey!”
For Longines CEO Matthias Breschan, to be involved in a project such as SolarStratos is both innovative and promising for new generations: “We want to encourage future generations to excel, because above all being a pioneer is a state of mind, and this still remains true today. By combining courage and mental strength, all obstacles can be overcome and boundaries can be pushed. We are very happy to be part of this wonderful solar adventure”.
With the Longines Spirit collection, Longines presents timepieces that are a testimony to the brand’s pioneering spirit. Linking history with innovation, these pieces combine the traditional features of pilots’ watches with contemporary lines and codes. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and extremely precise movements, all models in this collection are Chronometer-certified.
About SolarStratos, “To the edge of space”
SolarStratos is a venture of the SolarXplorers SA group. This mission, started by Swiss eco-explorer Raphaël Domjan in 2014, aims to complete the first ever stratospheric solar flight. Beyond technological innovations, SolarStratos aims to promote renewable energies by illustrating that concepts and projects which seemed impossible a short time ago are now possible thanks to the technologies available today, some of which are still in their early stages particularly in terms of solar-powered aviation. SolarStratos also aims to demonstrate that with today’s technologies, it is possible to achieve feats that exceed the power of fossil fuels, and to fly at high altitudes where no electric aircraft has yet ventured, without emitting pollution and without impacting the environment.
Based in Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832, the watchmaking company Longines wields expertise steeped in tradition, elegance and performance. With generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships, and as partner of international sports federations, Longines has built strong and long-lasting relationships in the world of sport over the years. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world’s leading watch manufacturer. The Longines brand, with its winged hourglass emblem, is established in over 150 countries.