Published on August 18th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Alpina Watches is the New Official Michael Goulian Team Partner

In light of its latest collaboration with champion aviator Michael Goulian, Alpina Watches will further its commitment to the Air Universe with a new partnership with the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

The Partnership

Complementing its ambassadorship collaboration with Red Bull Air Race pilot Michael Goulian, Alpina Watches is now the official Michael Goulian Team Partner. The partnership will be made official during stop 3 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Chiba, Japan where the brand will host an event inviting local guests such as retailers, end-customers and press as part of the celebration of this new collaboration. Alpina Watches will be present at the remaining races of the season (Budapest, Kazan, Porto, Lausitz, and Indianapolis), supporting Michael Goulian. Aviation has been part of Alpina’s DNA for almost a century. In 1921, Alpina became a renowned supplier of time instruments for military pilots and air forces so it’s only natural to welcome Michael Goulian as part of the Alpina aviation family.

Michael Goulian

Michael Goulian is one of the world’s most decorated aerial demonstration pilots. Known globally as a Red Bull Air Race pilot, Goulian is one of only seven air show professionals to receive all three of the air show industries’ most prestigious awards: the Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award, and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship and the ICAS Sword of Excellence. Mike Goulian has this to say about the historic sports watch brand: “One of our newest partners for 2017 is Alpina Watches. An amazing Swiss watch brand that has a history dating back to 1883. The philosophy of Alpina is: Be Perseverant. Think Independently. Trust Your Instincts. Don’t Forget Your Roots. These are the exact same traits that make for a winning team and great athletes. Because of their amazing spirit and dedication to excellence, I’m personally honored and humbled to be representing such an amazing brand on the world stage that is the Red Bull Air Race!”

Red Bull Air Race World Championship

Created in 2003, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship celebrated its landmark 75th race at the 2017 season opener in Abu Dhabi. The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Using the fastest, most agile, lightweight racing planes, pilots hit speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 10G as they navigate a low-level slalom track marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. In 2014, the Challenger Cup was conceived to help the next generation of pilots develop the skills needed for potential advancement to the Master Class that vies for the World Championship.

Chiba Air Race Event

Japan’s Red Bull Air Race super fans are charged with anticipation as the World Championship returns to Chiba for the third year in a row. The only stop in Eastern Asia became an instant favorite in 2015, when 120,000 spectators sold out the viewing area at Makuhari Beach; and last year, fans were delirious when Japanese pilot Yoshihide “Yoshi” Muroya clinched a landmark win at home. In a 2017 season where no one has emerged as the overall favorite after two hotly contested stops, the racing world will be focused breathlessly on Chiba this June 3-4.

Red Bull Air Race 2017 Calendar:
February 10-11:                  Abu Dhabi, UAE
April 15-16:                            San Diego, USA
June 3-4:                                  Chiba, Japan
July 1-2:                                    Budapest, Hungary
July 22-23:                              Kazan, Russia
September 2-3:  Porto, Portugal
September 16-17:              Lausitz, Germany
October 14-15:  Indianapolis, USA

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