MISSION TO EARTH
50 years after the first steps on the Moon, Space continues to fascinate millions of people, stimulating our thirst to discover the unknown, to explore the universe and its countless mysteries.
This model was imagined as a tribute to NASA, as well as to the women and men who take up the challenge of the greatest adventure of the 20th and 21st centuries. Limited to 250 copies, it uses the graphics and color codes of the famous "Meatball", the first logo to have set foot on the lunar soil on July 20-21, 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. A very inspiring legacy present in every detail of this historical version sending us back to our childhood dreams.
MISSION TO EARTH - "MEATBALL"
LIMITED EDITION OF 250 COPIES
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MIYOTA 9039 modified
Sandblasted - guilloché with Super Luminova BGW9 hands and indexes
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal with ID glass technology
A DIAL IN TRIBUTE TO SPACE EXPLORATION
The matt blue dial with its sandblasted finish echoes the predominant colour of the iconic Meatball logo, symbolising the earth, the sky and eternity, but also idealism and courage.
The red aluminium inner ring is engraved with the inevitable countdown that precedes every rocket launch.
The hour and minute hands take on the characteristic oblong shape of rockets.
The second hand echoes the supersonic red wing of the famous logo.
The notched timer refers to the traces left by the Rovers on the stars they discover.
Applied indexes with polished-brushed finishes inspired by the portholes of the "Cupola", the panoramic observation window of the International Space Station - ISS.
The concentric guillochage under the indexes recalls the orbital movement of the Earth around the Sun, a detail that can also be found on the "Meatball" logo.
MODIFIED AUTOMATIC CALIBER
"Dare Mighty Things"
"Dare Mighty Things", the Nasa mantra encoded in the pattern of Perseverance's parachute, the Rover that landed on Mars, is engraved on the lower part of the rotor.
The waterproof symbol
Symbol of MEATBALL's waterproofness, our astronaut fish testifies to the AWAKE philosophy: serious watchmaking that does not take itself seriously.
The screw-down aluminium crown, guaranteeing water resistance to 100m, is engraved with the symbols L (lLocked) and O (Open), a nod to the shape and design of the umbilical connectors found on the most famous spacesuit, worn during the APOLLO 11 mission and known under the reference A7L.
Light, robust and comfortable on the wrist, our case is made from 70% recycled titanium, used in the aeronautics and aerospace industries. Performance identical to that of virgin material, but with maximum reduction of our carbon footprint.
OFFER YOU UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
MEATBALL is equipped with a sapphire crystal with integrated NFC technology. By simply touching their smartphone to the glass of their watch, each owner of a MEATBALL copy will have access to all the experiences developed within the framework of the MISSION TO EARTH project:
- THE AWAKE OBSERVATORY: exclusive content broadcast by NASA thanks to the cameras on board the international space station ISS. A unique experience aimed at recreating the sensory and emotional shock felt by the astronauts themselves. NFC technology is used here as a tool to raise awareness of the beauty and mysteries of the world around us.
- EYES ON ASTEROIDS: a unique immersive experience allowing you to learn everything about the asteroids inhabiting our Milky Way, offering the possibility of learning their names, sizes, shapes and compositions, tracing their past trajectories and discovering their future destinations.
Inside the box mentioning, in the form of a chronological frieze, the dates of creation and periods of use of the main NASA logos, each MISSION TO EARTH - "MEATBALL" watch is accompanied by an authentic certified fragment of the TATAOUINE meteorite , more than 4.2 billion years old.
During its terrestrial impact in the Tataouine desert in Tunisia on June 27, 1931, the meteorite was confronted with a heat of more than 1000 degrees which considerably modified its density, operating a unique crystallization impossible to reproduce on Earth.
At the end of the 1950s, the United States and the USSR almost jointly unveiled their space program and embarked on a frantic race against time. In order to win the latter, Dwight D. Eisenhower, then President of the United States of America, decided to create NASA in 1958, an agency dedicated to space projects and supposed to play a major role in space research on a global scale. .
After the creation of a first emblem acting more like a "seal", NASA wishes to adopt a logo which will symbolize the progressive path always followed by the agency and will embody the reputation it has forged through dint of training and use of innovative techniques and ideas.
This logo will be created by American illustrator James Modarelli to reflect a modern America poised to soar into a challenging and inspiring future and embody an agency that would advance both space and aeronautics. MEATBALL" was born and was to become the daily face of NASA, affixed to the wings of space shuttles or even to suits. It is still to this day the official badge of the agency and probably its most famous symbol in the world.
A LOGO RICH IN REFERENCES
Recalling the first successes of NASA, the "MEATBALL", presents a modern and subtle design for the 60s, and incorporates many references:
- The round shape of the badge represents the planet Earth, while the stars on a blue background symbolize Space.
- The red V-shaped chevron refers to the latest hypersonic wing project invented at the time the logo was designed. The color red is synonymous with audacity, confidence and courage in the face of challenges and recalls the agency's vocation to explore the sky and the unknown.
- The circular orbit around the name NASA represents a spacecraft in orbit and symbolizes space travel, but also the dynamics of movement and permanent progress of NASA.
- The colors (blue, white, red) as well as the stars seem to allude to the American flag and remind the general public that NASA is working in a patriotic and pioneering way for the American people, in the service of their future.
- The blue color, dominant of the logo, symbolizes on the one hand the Earth, the sky, the infinite cosmic spaces, eternity, but also regularity, idealism.
"A7L": THE MOST FAMOUS SPACE SUIT OF ALL TIME
The white A7L spacesuit became a world-famous icon on the night of July 20-21, 1969, when man took his first steps on the moon.
Designed to protect astronauts in space by providing them with a pressurized environment, it had to withstand extreme temperatures (-233°C/+150°C) for 7 consecutive hours.
Made up of 21 layers of highly engineered materials providing protection against a harsh environment, this suit was worn by astronauts during spacewalks and on the surface of the moon. To keep its occupant alive, it had to, among other things, supply oxygen, evacuate exhaled carbon dioxide and water vapour, and provide thermal protection while guaranteeing maximum mobility.
A technical feat that required extraordinary know-how and several years of development.