Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Breitling Announces Partnership With Pilot and Professional Golfer Morgan Hoffmann

Wilton, Conn. – Breitling, the Swiss watch manufacturer, announces its collaboration with professional golfer and amateur pilot Morgan Hoffmann. Hoffmann most recently placed fourth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and is ranked among the top 100 players in the official world golf ranking. He grew up in a family of aviators and was inspired by golf legend and avid pilot Arnold Palmer. Hoffmann received his pilot’s license in 2014, making him a perfect partner for Breitling. As part of the partnership, Hoffmann’s Piper Lance now bears the Breitling logo and Hoffmann will attend select exclusive events as a guest of Breitling.

“Breitling has long been known as the authentic partner of aviation. We chose to work with Morgan because he shares our passion for aviation,” said Thierry Prissert, Breitling U.S.A. President. “If you watch his game on the golf course the ties between golf and aviation become clear; they both require precision and focus and Morgan demonstrates both when he plays.

“It is so much fun to work with Breitling. Coming from a family of pilots, I grew up loving the brand, and to see how the timepieces evolve as the needs of pilots have changed is very cool,” says Morgan Hoffman, “From the slide rule on the original Navitimer to all of the functions on the Cockpit B50, they design cutting edge, functional timepieces that are ideal for pilots.”

Prior to joining the PGA Tour in 2011, Hoffmann played for Oklahoma State University. As a highly rated amateur, he held the number one spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for a time in 2009, and played in that year's Walker Cup. Since receiving his pilot’s license, Hoffmann has been known to fly his six seat Piper Lance to get himself to tournaments. To take a break from his rigorous touring schedule, Hoffmann will join the Breitling Jet Team when they are in New York City over the summer, and again in the fall at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, NV.

With deeply-rooted ties to the world of aviation, Breitling commands their own fleet of aircrafts including the Breitling Jet Team, the largest civilian jet team in the world consisting of seven L-39 C Albatros Jets based in Dijon, France. The team will be making their first ever appearance in North America later this year. In addition to the Jet Team, Breitling also flies one of the last airworthy Super Constellations in the world. The rest of the Breitling fleet includes a DC-3, the Breitling Angels, and the Breitling Wingwalkers.

Breitling’s affiliation with aviation dates back to the early 1930’s when they manufactured on-board chronographs for aircraft cockpits. These instruments enjoyed great success in the various armed forces, including the Royal Air Force, which used them in World War II propeller-driven fighter planes. This solid connection to aviation continued, and in 1952, Breitling launched its legendary Navitimer timepiece, featuring a circular slide rule in conjunction with the pilot’s association, the AOPA. It is still a favored timepiece for pilots today and is the oldest mechanical chronograph still in production. In 1962, Scott Carpenter wore a Navitimer on his orbital flight aboard the Aurora 7, becoming the first space-going wrist chronograph. Other favorites among pilots are the Aerospace watch, which was launched in 1985, and the innovative Emergency timepiece with a built-in transmitter that was originally introduced in 1995 and was recently updated to a new version that has the world’s first wristwatch with a dual frequency locator beacon, expected to launch later this year. Most recently, Breitling released the Cockpit B50, the ultimate pilot’s chronograph with the brand new in-house SuperQuartz movement, and the concept for the B55 Connected, Breitling’s first Bluetooth connected timepiece.


About Breitling
A specialist of technical watches, Breitling has played a crucial role in the development of the wrist chronograph and is a leader in this complication. The firm has shared all the finest moments in the conquest of the skies thanks to its sturdy, reliable and high-performance instruments. One of the world's only major watch brands to equip all its models with chronometer-certified movements, the ultimate token of precision, Breitling is also one of the rare companies to produce its own mechanical chronograph movements, entirely developed and manufactured in its own