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VOLO Helios - Handmade Limited Edition Watch

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Helios-A and Helios-B are a pair of probes orbiting around the barycentre of the Solar system, very near to the surface of the Sun, in order to study the solar processes. The probes, which were the result of the joint venture of the then Federal Republic of Germany and NASA, were launched in the mid-1970s.

Not only had the probes set the record speed among the spacecraft at 252,792 km/h; one of them, namely Helios-B, achieved perihelion at a record distance of 43.432 million km. Having reached the Sun so intimately, Helios mission paid true homage to its namesake from the Greek mythology, the Ancient Greek personification of the Sun - Helios.

Both the bright golden appearance of the space probes and of the accents on the face of the VOLO Helios resonate the timeless and eternal beauty of the Sun’s colour and brilliance. Ancient Greeks divined Helios as a son of the two Titans, Hyperion and Theia. One of Helios’ mistresses was Rhode who gave her name to the island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean. The inhabitants of the island were so devoted to Helios that they had built in his image the Colossus of Rhodes, which stood astride the entrance of the Rhodes’ harbour and was one of the wonders of the ancient world. Later, in Roman antiquity, Helios became identified with Sol Invictus, the “Undefeated Sun” and the patron of the Roman soldiers.

The VOLO Helios borrows its bright, classic, and energetic appearance from its mythological namesake and its measuring power from the spacecraft that inspired it.

Both Helios space probes had completed their missions during the 1980s. Although remaining in the orbit around the Sun, the probes are no longer functional; however, the VOLO Helios is only just beginning its mission.

* Limited edition, only 999 produced worldwide
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