on heaven’s door
A man, a watch and three world records. The whole world was watching Austrian Felix Baumgartner on October 14, 2012. After a balloon ascent into the stratosphere, at the edge of space, the 43-year-old professional parachutist jumped from a capsule for his record-breaking skydive. His feat pushed back the limits of human endurance and set three all-time records – all with a Zenith timepiece on his wrist.
Felix Baumgartner stepped out of his space capsule at 39,045 meters (128,100 ft) to skydive back to Earth, wearing the Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th watch on his wrist. Nine minutes and three seconds later, he had set three records: the highest skydive, the highest altitude for a manned balloon flight and, above all, the highest free fall velocity, as he broke the sound barrier!
Like Felix Baumgartner, the El Primero Stratos Flyback Striking 10th embodies a genuine pioneering spirit and incomparable audacity. It's hardly surprising that the Stratos, fitted with the most accurate automatic chronograph movement in the world, was the first timepiece to break the sound barrier in a skydive from the edge of space.
Facing the most extreme conditions of temperature, pressure, speed, friction and shock, Zenith watches have once again affirmed their outstanding reliability and authenticity.