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F Flight Time A Pilot’s Pilot Watch V ostok-Europe brand ambassador Jurgis Kairys has never let the sky be his limit. One of the most respected and well-known aerobatic pilots on the planet, the Lithuanian Kairys holds many world records and is c onsidered a “pilot’s pilot.” As an aeronautical engineer, Kairys designed many Sukhoi aerobatic aircraft, including his own “Juka” model and is also a multiple World Grand Prix of Aerobatics Overall Champion. He even invented several signature aerobatic maneuvers, including the aptly named “Kairys Wheel” and was the first pilot to ever perform the “Cobra” maneuver wherein a fixed-wing aircraft is made to hover like a helicopter. He also flew his plane inverted under a seven-meter high (short) bridge in Kaunas, Lithuania. It makes perfect sense for Vostok-Europe to team up Kairys. After all, what better ambassador could a Lithuanian-based watch company have for its own pilot types? The watch itself is a signature edition Almaz limited to 500 pieces in a livery of blue & yellow. Girded by a a uni-directional bezel, the hardened K1 crystal makes the most sense for an active pilot type. It’s is very scratch resistant – but also flexible enough not to shatter under most impacts. the 47mm x 17mm solid titanium case is coated in black PVD and water resistant to a robust 20atm. The contrasting bi-compax chronograph dial is easy to read and sports Kairys’ signature in skywriting on the dial. Inside is a Miyota quartz movement and each of the series is supplied with both Leather and NATO straps matching the color combo on the dial. Retail price for this numbered edition is $789 at www.russia2all.com 50 FUNCTION | AboutTime Magazine