5:32 AM. Night covers the Sion’s airport of Switzerland. Technicians and mechanics were speeding on the track. With a TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 wrapped around her wrist, Geraldine Fasnacht was approaching in her flying suit.
Once aboard the helicopter, the triple Xtreme Verbier champion and wingsuit pilot was about to achieve a world first with TAG Heuer. 5,500 meters from the ground, she stood by the helicopter door, wearing her fully illuminated wingsuit, and jumped into the darkness of night.
At 180km/h, she was flying like a star. She overlooked the highest Alps summits and glaciers and went 1,500 meters above the Grand Combin summit, reaching no less than 4314 meters.
This unique moment was experienced in a real-time movie with palpable tension. An unprecedented jump, an exceptional flight, captured in Wingsuit Connected by TAG Heuer, short film performed by David Carlier, photographer and moviemaker.
The challenge is high. At great altitude, the lift force is low, the cold is freezing and the oxygen is but rare. Many were the technical challenges that the Swiss pilot had to prepare at length for her trajectory, in order to combine accuracy and speed.
“Thanks to my strong experience as a freerider and a wingsuit pilot, I knew how to analyze the relief in order to jump”, explains Geraldine Fasnacht.
Dawn shows up. Geraldine Fasnacht deploys her parachute for a landing under -20°C. An unprecedented performance, in the likes of the champion’s image and the boundaries she keeps on pushing.
SKIP TO NEXTGERALDINE FASNACHT, A SHOOTING STAR IN THE ALPINE NIGHT