Last night in New York City luxury watchmaker Omega celebrated the arrival of Solar Impulse, a solar powered plane that is aiming to be the first to fly around the world. The Swiss manufacture was joined at a dinner at the Swiss Consulate by model and socialite Elettra Wiedemann.
Guests at the dinner included Swiss Ambassador François Barras, Gillian Miniter, Bronson Van Wyck, Ashley Wilcox Platt, and Michelle Smith, as well as Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. The celebration began with cocktails at the consulate, followed by a short video highlighting the accomplishments of the Solar Impulse, a speech by Omega’s Head of Retail Brice LeTroadec, and remarks from the night’s honorees, Piccard and Borschberg.
Omega is the primary sponsor of Solar Impulse, which is testing the limits of renewable resources by striving to be the first plane to fly around the world using only solar energy. The Solar Impulse is already the first plane to fly overnight without fuel, and the first plane to make an intercontinental flight using only solar power.
Left to Right James Marshall and host committee member Elettra Wiedemann
Left to Right Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard, Brice LeTroadec, Head of Retail for OMEGA, Swiss Ambassador François Barras and André Borschberg, Solar Impulse pilot
From Left to Right Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg
Solar Impulse Dinner
Left to Right Ashely Simko and host committee member, Ashley Wilcox Platt
Gillian Miniter, host Committee member for Solar Impulse Dinner
Left to Right Bronson Van Wyck, Michelle Smith and Andy Oshrin
Left to Right Host committee members Gillian Miniter and Bronson Van Wyck with designer, Michelle Smith
Photos courtesy Omega.