Regardless of the Khaki X-Wind on your wrist, you’ll be wearing an attractive watch with a lot of heritage. Hamilton, after all, has been producing watches designed for pilots for decades, first in the United States, and now in Switzerland. There’s an undeniable appeal to a great pilot’s watch, even if you’re never in the cockpit yourself. But for a skilled aviator like Dario Costa, these watches are tools that help him do his job each and every day.
“Making this film was one of the best, but most challenging experiences of my entire life,” Costa tells us, reminiscing about the Namibian shoot, and its many obstacles. High winds, sand, fog, and daytime temperatures in excess of 100 degrees were some of the issues faced by Costa, Sutton, and crew. The complex shoot involved a helicopter crew, another crew on the ground, plus the use of cameras mounted to the fuselage of Costa’s plane. The result, knitted together, is immensely satisfying for Costa. “It was one more of my dreams coming true.”
Costa sees a universal message in Dreams of Flight, not relegated specifically to aviation. “The film is an emotional journey about spending your life chasing a dream until it comes true,” he says. “We hope to inspire people to chase their dreams no matter the barriers. And, we hope to reach an audience unfamiliar with aviation and show them how thrilling flight can be.”
Dreams of Flight does just that. It’s impossible to watch Costa’s exploits and not marvel at the dedication and sheer craft involved achieving his vision. For Costa, Hamilton’s Khaki X-Wind will remain a reminder of the precision and care needed to accomplish his goals as a pilot.