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Hamilton becomes Official Timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship

In 2017 Hamilton becomes Official Timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, known as the new dimension of motorsports. Featuring 14 of the best race pilots, among which Nicolas Ivanoff, the brand ambassador since 2005, this pure motorsport competition is a visual spectacle unlike any other, combining speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes, pilots navigate a low-level aerial track made of 25 meters-high air-filled pylons.

14 pilots are competing in the Master Class category in eight races across the globe for the title of Red Bull Air Race World Champion. The Challenger Cup, with 9 pilots, offers young talents the chance to develop their low-altitude flying skills and to experience the thrills of the sport. The 2017 race calendar will take place in eight cities around the world starting with its first stop in Abu Dhabi on February 10-11, a celebratory event marking the diamond 75th Red Bull Air Race.

Aviation, skill and precision are also part of the Hamilton brand. This partnership will strengthen Hamilton’s presence in the aerobatics world, in addition to its rich aviation heritage and collaborations with international airshows and squadrons.

The brand has been timing the skies since 1918, when the pioneering pilots of the era put their trust in the precision of its watches and navigation instruments. In addition to keeping the first American airmail service on track, Hamilton became the official watch of TWA, Eastern, United and Northwest in the 1930s. Adventure joined accuracy as these instruments demonstrated their unrivaled expertise partnering the first American coast-to-coast air services which took commercial flying into the modern age.

Today, many squadrons use Hamilton watches as standard equipment, including South Korea’s 121st fighter Squadron, the Patrulla Aspa from Spain, the Patrol Squadron Forty from United States, and the Apache and F-16 Demo Team from the Netherlands, among others. Hamilton uses these associations to deepen its understanding of pilot needs and the watch functions required to develop timepieces designed for pilots, such as the Khaki Takeoff for Air Zermatt, a transport and rescue helicopter unit in the Alps.



A special edition watch has been released for the occasion, the Khaki Air Race, available in two versions: a Team Hamilton model with orange and black dial and special case back printing to enhance Hamilton and Nicolas Ivanoff’s strong relationship. And an Official Timekeeper model with blue and grey dial with a red second hand honoring Red Bull Air Race colors and different case back printing.

Both versions have a stainless steel case in either 38 or 42mm size, with a choice of black leather strap or stainless steel bracelet.


3 new models of the Khaki Pilot Day Date Auto has also been introduced into the Khaki Aviation family. Inspired to infuse the wearer the feel of an early American pilot with its classic aviator design, the new Khaki Pilot Day Date Auto retains the features of the large 42mm easy to read dial, day and date function and Super-LumiNova® hands while refreshing the look with a grey dial or blue dial with green luminosity, with a choice of brown leather strap or stainless steel bracelet.

A reliable cockpit companion, the Khaki Pilot is an essential piece of form and function for any pilot.


Explore the new Hamilton Khaki Aviation collection at All Watches and discover how Hamilton takes the aviation watches to new heights.

Receive a complimentary Hamilton umbrella / waterproof bag with every Hamilton watch purchase from now till 31 October. While stocks last.