Breitling Boys

MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. sports the Colt II; Soccer start David Beckham sports the Transocean Chronograph Unitime; Jazz musician Miles Davis wears the Navitimer; Singer Usher rocks Breitling for Bentley; and actor/rapper Ludacris wears Super Avenger (Photos from Breitlingsource.com)

Whether it is a fascination with sports, sports cars or with luxury watches, there are some things even a recession can’t separate a man from. From heartthrobs Usher and David Beckham to heartbreakers Ludacris and Lil Wayne, Breitling is a watch of choice.

The luxury Swiss watch manufacturer created the Breitling Jet Team to share its passion for aviation. Street basketball lovers have their Harlem Globetrotters and And1, why can’t Breitling showcase the prowess of pilots – spellbinding spectators with trademark stunts, from 360-degree turns in formation to synchronized pair displays and vertical splits?

Breitling Jet Team

The first and largest civilian jet team illustrates the brand’s cherished values: performance, precision, aesthetic sophistication and innovation. The unmatched aerobatics pilots are deemed flying aces who “perform a rapid-fire succession of figures that are perfectly calculated, mastered, synchronized and fine-tuned down to the smallest detail.” Sounds familiar, eh.

The seven-member Breitling Jet Team performs around 50 demonstrations at air shows, sporting events and private appearances. The aircraft fly within three meters of each other at speeds of almost 750 km/h and with up to 8G acceleration.

New York City fans can find them parking their full-size L-39 Albatross jet in Times Square on Broadway between 43rd and 44th St. this Monday, June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will be their first time in the northeast as part of the 2015 North American Tour.