Parmigiani Sponsors 35th International Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex Written by WatchTime, February 15, 2013 Parmigiani participated in the recent 35th International Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex as a sponsor for the nine-day-long hot air balloon festival in Switzerland. Nearly 30,000 festival-goers attended the annual event. Balloon flights were possible on five of the nine days, and almost 400 take-offs took place during the festival. Thanks to some favorable weather, a new record was set, with 105 flights in one day (the previous record was from 2006, with 101 flights). Among the balloons at the festival was an orange Parmigiani Fleurier-themed balloon. Other highlights included wingsuit jumps from the basket of a balloon and from a helicopter by extreme sports enthusiast Géraldine Fasnacht. On Children’s Day, nearly 300 kids had a chance to fly in a balloon for the first time. Balloon pilot Brian Jones presented a unique prototype balloon, designed to enable disabled people to carry out their pilot training. Plans are already underway for next year’s festival. Receive all the news, features and reviews from WatchTime for free! Click here and get the free newsletter.