The aviation heritage of the brand dates back to 1919, when the pilots of the first US airmail service between Washington and New York wore Hamilton watches. By the 1930s Hamilton was the official timekeeper of choice for commercial airlines in the USA.
Today the aeronautical spirit lives on. Hamilton is the timekeeping sponsor at a variety of international aviation events such as EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in the USA, regarded as the world’s greatest aviation celebration, as well as the Free Flight World Masters in France. Cooperating closely with leading air squadrons, the world famous French aerobatic pilot Nicolas Ivanoff and Air Zermatt, the prestigious transport and rescue helicopter company from Switzerland, Hamilton is taking aviation watches to new heights.
Ambassador Nicolas Ivanoff
For the tenth year running Hamilton is joining leading French aerobatic pilot, Nicolas Ivanoff, in the cockpit – at least in a partnership sense. As official Hamilton ambassador, Nicolas Ivanoff is taking to the skies in a Hamilton-branded Extra 330LX. Hamilton and Nicolas Ivanoff share a deep-rooted passion for flying. With Hamilton as his official team sponsor, Nicolas Ivanoff is achieving excellent results as an official pilot of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, and finished first in 2014 at his races in Dallas, Texas, USA, and Spielberg, Austria. A keen interest in motor racing and great instinct on the track help Ivanoff to be the one to keep an eye on at every race. He takes an artistic approach to flying, comparing it to “painting in the sky”. It goes without saying that his style of flying is a delight to watch.
Air Zermatt is a pioneer of modern helicopter rescue and transportation, successfully executing a wide variety of passenger and sightseeing flights, as well as life-saving missions, each and every day. The company’s speed and reliability extend well beyond the borders of Switzerland. One of the pilots and a mountain rescuer of the company received the Heroism Award for their daring rescue of three alpinists in the high peaks of Nepal in 2010. It was the highest rescue mission ever performed with a helicopter. This was the third time that a rescue team of Air Zermatt has earned this prestigious award from officials in Washington, D.C.
Cooperation with various squadrons in Canada, Spain, Netherlands and in Korea contribute to securing Hamilton’s status as the favorite watch of pilots.
SnowBirds - Canada
123 Squadron - Korea
Patrulla Aspa – Spain
Apache Team – Netherlands
F16 Team - Netherlands
Red Bull Air Race
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the fastest motorsport series in the world, featuring 14 of the best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made up of air-filled pylons 25 meters high. New since 2014 is the Challenger Cup, a competition that enables talented young pilots to work towards acquiring entry into the Master Class of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
International Air Show
For one week each summer, over 500,000 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) members and aviation enthusiasts from more than 60 countries come together at the EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, to celebrate the past, present and future in the world of flight. Hamilton is the official timekeeping sponsor of this exciting event and is always accompanied by brand ambassador Nicolas Ivanoff, who also participates in the airshow.