Hublot Sponsors the Exosuit for Scientists to Hunt for the Antikythera Device

Swiss Hublot is known for doing great things, ranging from sponsorships to limited edition watches that seem to celebrate other limited editions. Here is one such interesting story that we would like to share. Reports say Hubspot is sponsoring an Exosuit for the European scientists who are hunting for 2000-year-old Antikythera device.

Diving Suit Wearable Submarine

Later this year, European team is planning to explore the so called Antikythera shipwreck, which settled on the seabed around 50 BC. Off the coast of Antikythera, a Greek island. To assist the scientists, one of the divers acquired an Exosuit.

What is the Exosuit?

It is a specially designed submersible suit that takes the traditional steampunk diving suit to the next level. The suit has a rigid metal humanoid form with Iron Man-like thrusters that enable divers to dive safely down to depths of 300 meters.

Diving Suit Wearable Submarine
Marine archaeologists normally wear scuba gear to explore underwater marine life, but divers cannot stay with this gear for long hours and are likely to develop decompression sickness, or the bends. Hence to explore deep wrecks, researches prefer remotely operated vehicles carrying cameras and sonar to scan an area.

The $1.5 million Exosuit is one such weapon. “It’s basically a wearable submarine,” says Phil Short, a diving specialist on the planned mission to Antikythera. “The pressure inside is no different from being in a submarine or in fresh air. We can go straight to the bottom, spend 5 hours there and come straight back to the surface with no decompression.”

Diving Suit Wearable Submarine

Hublot has not only printed their logo all over the Exosuit, but also strapped on one of their Oceanographic Chronograph 4000m Dive watches on the arm. The watch is expected to dive much deeper than the Exosuit, which is rated for 1000 feet at this point. If the Exosuit crosses this limitation then popular brands like Hublot will test their dive watches on it in the same manner as the James Cameron Rolex Deepsea Challenge.

The credit for designing the Iron-ma goes to Nuytco Research in Vancouver.

Via : Ablogtowatch