To support Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit, luxury Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has designed and donated a series of space-themed Pilot’s Watch Chronographs. Representing the mission’s values of Leadership, Hope, Generosity and Prosperity, the watches will be worn by the four crew members on their journey into space, before being auctioned as part of the mission’s aim to raise funds for and promote the work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
The case of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4” is made of white ceramic the unique color of which results from a complex manufacturing process in which zirconium oxide is mixed with other metallic oxides in a precisely defined ratio. The dark blue lacquered dial has been padprinted with stars and features the Inspiration4 logo.
The watch is fitted with the IWC-manufactured 69380 caliber chronograph movement. On each of the four watches, the titanium case back has been engraved with the name and mission value represented by the respective crew member. The chronographs are fitted with an eyecatching white rubber strap with a leather inlay.
The multi-day journey to low-Earth orbit is spearheaded by Jared Isaacman, a 38-year-old entrepreneur and accomplished pilot who will also serve as Commander. Set to launch in September from historical Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the mission will orbit the planet at an altitude of approximately 357 miles (575 kilometres) and a speed of more than 17,500 miles per hour (27,360 kph). After the multi-day journey, the crew of four members will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere for a soft water landing off the coast of Florida.
Jared Isaacman is the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished commercial and military pilot who holds several aviation world records. He represents the Leadership mission seat. The mission seat representing Hope was awarded to Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and a pediatric cancer survivor. Dr Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old entrepreneur and trained pilot, occupies the mission seat representing Prosperity as the winning entrant in a business competition. The Generosity mission seat belongs to Christopher Sembroski – the 41-yearold aerospace industry employee and United States Air Force veteran contributed to a fundraising campaign that offered an Inspiration4 seat to one lucky donor.
The crew is currently undergoing commercial astronaut training at SpaceX, focusing on orbital mechanics, operating in microgravity, zero gravity, and other forms of stress testing. In addition, they will receive emergency preparedness training, complete spacecraft ingress and egress exercises and participate in partial and full-mission simulations.