Hamilton has an aviation heritage dating back to 1919. That was the year in which a Hamilton aeronautical watch accompanied the very first American airmail postal service between Washington and New York. This in-flight activity continued to strengthen and grow and by the 1930s Hamilton was the official watch of the commercial airlines, TWA, Eastern, United and Northwest. A major highlight of the era was the selection of Hamilton as timekeeper for the United Air Lines inauguration of the first coast-to-coast service - a 15-hour, 20-minute trip between New York and San Francisco.
Today the Hamilton range includes various aviation-inspired watches. The brand is also timekeeper to a variety of international aviation events and has Nicolas Ivanoff, the leading French aerobatic pilot as its ambassador.
Date of birth: July 4, 1967
AIRCRAFT: Edge 540, Extra 200
PROFESSION: Aerobatic pilot
Hamilton and Nicolas Ivanoff share a deep-rooted passion for flying. Nicolas took his first flying lesson when he was twenty – and the Hamilton brand was only in its twenties when pioneering pilots first started to use its watches and navigation instruments in 1919. Bringing Hamilton and Nicolas Ivanoff even closer together today is a mutual commitment to reach new heights with expertise, style and elegance. Nicolas’s expertise can be found not only in the sky but also in the design and development of Hamilton timepieces, providing the brand with a great deal of insight on integrating real, relevant aviation functionality into the brands Khaki collection.
Cooperation with various squadrons in South Africa, Canada and in Russia also contribute to securing Hamilton’s status as the favorite watch of pilots.
SnowBirds - Canada
Silver Falcons – South Africa
Russian Knights – Russia
Patrulla Aspa – Spain
The Free Flight World Masters Tour is a unique flying event that takes place in multiple cities throughout France. Offering more than 50,000 spectators stunning aerobatics and interactivity, the stunt pilots “battle” one another in Free flight to a given music.
The audience then votes for a winner of the battle, based on who performed the most impressive and fascinating aerobatics. Hamilton ambassador, Nicolas Ivanoff competes in the event.
Hamilton official timekeeper of EAA AirVenture 2011
For one week each summer, more than 500,000 EAA members and aviation enthusiasts from more than 60 countries come together at the EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to celebrate the past, present and future in the world of flight.
Known as "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration", more than 10,000 aircraft can be seen at EAA AirVenture, including, Warbirds, Vintage, Homebuilts and Ultralights! The spirit of aviation is reflected all around through impressive daily air shows like aerobatics and pyrotechnics, as well as through concerts, a fly-in theater, forums, workshops and demonstrations.