Franky Zapata has successfully completed his second attempt at a unique solo flight from France to England. The 40-year-old Frenchman successfully traveled 35 kilometers across the English Channel as crowds cheered him on.

At the joystick of his jet-propelled Flyboard Air, and with a Zenith Type 20 Chronograph Adventure watch strapped to his wrist, Monsieur Zapata, a new friend of Zenith, commemorated the 110th anniversary of Louis Bleriot’s historic 1909 flight across the English Channel.

Franky Zapata crosses the English Channel on his Flyboard Air

Zapata started his journey from Sangatte beach, in Calais, at 7.16am on Sunday traveling all the way to the White Cliffs of Dover.

While Bleriot’s repeated previous failures had led him to be dubbed “the king of wrecks” until he finally crossed the Channel in 1909, Zapata required just two attempts to achieve his hoverboard dream.  The Flyboard Air, which comprises a platform just about accommodating his two feet, is powered by five turbojet engines and can reach an altitude of up to 10,000 feet.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Adventure

The sturdy Zenith Pilot Type 20 Adventure he wore for the history-making journey has a user-friendly wide ratcheted crown and is driven by an automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph movement with a 50-hour power reserve.

Its easily legible grained khaki green dial features oversized Arabic numerals entirely made of Super-LumiNova®, while its bronze 45 mm case is secured to the wrist by a khaki matrix calfskin leather strap or a fully-interchangeable camouflage fabric alternative.

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