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Two talented individuals, British movie director, Jacob Sutton, and Italian race and aerobatic pilot, Dario Costa, have combined their passion for aviation and cinema to produce an inspirational short film. We share these two passions and are proud to present: Dreams of Flight.


Excited by the sweeping and sculptural lines of the Namibian dunes, and over a two-year period, we supported Jacob and Dario to plan and execute this remarkable project. The resulting film is a celebration of flight in its purest form.

Jacob was drawn immediately by the cinematic elements of the black plane silhouetted against the majestic dunes, its white smoke trail suspended in the air. Dario's focus was to fly fast along and above these huge natural sand structures. Their aim to create a film of both beauty and power.

The shoot took place in the Swakopmund dunes. For three days an international crew including Europeans, South Africans and Namibians, worked with multiple cameras to capture the footage. A helicopter crew, a crew on the ground and cameras mounted on the fuselage were used to record the action.

The team used a specially adapted all-black aerobatics plane for the shoot.

Though visually attractive, the matte black wrapping caused the temperature inside the plane to be extremely high.

In addition to exterior temperatures of 40°C (104°F), the team contended with high winds, sand and fog that would roll in from the sea, impairing visibility and creating nearly un-flyable conditions.

What appears wonderfully simple on the surface is full of complexity and is a masterful achievement. The challenges for Dario were manifold. Low air density changed the aerodynamics and reduced engine performance, making this one of his greatest mental and physical challenges to date, with smooth flight proving incredibly difficult. No one before has ever flown an aerobatic plane so close to these dunes with a speed of more than 370Km/h.

“Depth perception over sand is so difficult. I used my experience of low level flying over the snow-capped Alps, and prepared at home by visualizing the scene a thousands of times, over and over in my head,” says Dario.

For Hamilton, the film is both a passion project and a huge achievement. “We are proud to be the force that has finally brought these two creative greats together to make a unique movie sure to inspire others that you can do anything you dream of if you put your mind to it. This is exactly the spirit we live at Hamilton,” says Sylvain Dolla, Hamilton CEO.

About Hamilton

Hamilton was founded in 1892 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Hamilton watches combine the American spirit with the unrivalled precision of the latest Swiss movements and technologies. Known for its innovative design, Hamilton has a strong foothold in Hollywood, with products appearing in more than 500 films. The brand also boasts a strong aviation heritage. Hamilton is a member of the Swatch Group, the largest watch manufacturer and distributor in the world.

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About Dario Costa

Dario Costa is a Hamilton ambassador and a qualified aerobatic pilot from more than 12 years. Born in Manchester then moved to Africa and grew up in Bologna (Italy), Dario's passion for flight followed him during his whole childhood, which led him to qualify as a pilot just aged 16. Dario's perseverance and his desire to learn drive him to become a race pilot in 2018 by competing in the Red Bull Air Race. He was also the very first and only Italian Red Bull Air Race pilot. Dario has a flying experience on more than 50 types or airplanes, mainly aerobatic machines.

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The sky is the limit

Fasten your seatbelts to discover the Hamilton collection of pilots’ timepieces.

Each of these dynamic watches makes a smooth round trip between design and functionality. Dedicated aviation features are presented in stunning shapes and top quality materials. The point of departure for the Hamilton pilots’ watches is almost a century of proven Hamilton aviation heritage. Their destination is uncompromising accuracy and attention to detail.

Hamilton has been timing the skies since 1919, when the pioneering pilots of the era put their trust in the precision of its watches and navigation instruments. In addition to keeping the first American airmail service on track, Hamilton became the official watch of TWA, Eastern, United and Northwest in the 1930s. Adventure joined accuracy as these instruments demonstrated their unrivalled expertise ‘co-piloting’ expeditions with destinations as challenging as the North Pole, and partnering the first American coast to coast air services which took commercial flying into the modern age. This spirit certainly lives on. For example, Hamilton is the Timekeeping Sponsor of EAA Air Venture at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, regarded as the world’s greatest aviation celebration, as well as a partner of Tannkosh in Tannheim, Germany, the biggest flying meeting in Europe.

Today, fuelled by this proud nostalgia, Hamilton gives craftsmanship and technology dual control to create ‘cockpits for the wrist’. On board is a winning combination of Swiss watchmakers and highly experienced pilots, who together ensure the integration of complex, relevant functions into objects of beauty. Currently taking his place on the Hamilton design ‘flight deck’ is leading French aerobatic pilot, Nicolas Ivanoff. And if he is happy to put his trust in a Hamilton watch at speeds of up to 450 km ph and forces of up to 10 g, the sky really is the only limit…