Today we catch up with Karim Nafatni, a pilot with over 18 years’ experience under his wings and a true admiration for luxury watches. We find out why he loves his pilot watches and what really makes him tick…
My name is Karim Nafatni, and I’m a 36-year-old French Tunisian. I’ve been in the aviation industry from the age of 17 and a commercial pilot for the past 18 years. Becoming a pilot was always my one and only dream. Having a father who’s worked in the industry for over 25 years means I grew up with planes! I did my flight training in the USA and, on qualifying, was lucky enough to get hired by an airline based in Tunisia, where I stayed for almost 7 years. From there, I joined Air Arabia based in the UAE and have worked there ever since. I hold the position of Training Captain on A320.
I’ve always enjoyed nice watches but what I most admire is the craft behind them. I truly consider them to be pieces of art more than tools that indicate the time. As someone who’s very professional and dedicated in my work, I strive for perfection and precision and I think watches reflect that mindset. Without precision and dedication, no beautiful watch would ever come to life.
I’ve been a Bell & Ross friend of the brand for close to a year now and I’m very proud of this achievement. The brand contacted me through my Instagram Influencer account and I didn’t hesitate a second to get on board. As a true fan of the brand, I really believe it fits my world as a pilot and everything I love. Bell & Ross took inspiration from the aviation industry to create some of their most iconic pieces, and it’s a huge honour to be given the chance to be a part of that.
Definitely the Bell & Ross BR-X1 Hyperstellar. I love the square shape and I think it captures the spirit of everything I’m passionate about.
Given the advanced technology in today’s commercial planes, watches are no longer a necessary piece of equipment for our daily tasks.