Fortis has a nice line up of new additions this year. To start, the ever popular Spacematic line as a couple of new variations. The vintage inspired Spacematic Classic will be coming out later this year in 2 styles. The white dial variation (as pictured) and also a black dial version. The 40mm watch will have an ETA 2836-2 movement and a variety of strap options in leather, silicone, NATO and stainless steel. Continue reading
For their 100th Anniversary, Fortis released a number of outstanding limited editions to commemorate their last century of watchmaking. One of our favorites here at AZ Fine Time is the Fortis Spaceleader Volkswagen Design Chronograph 661.20.32 K.
This Fortis Spaceleader is actually designed by Volkswagen, and has won numerous awards for it’s unique design. The most intriguing part of its design is the rubber strap that wraps half of the case, only covering the crown/chronograph pushers side of the case. This unique lay out really stands out at a glance, and is only one cool part of its design.
The case is 43mm and completely high polished. The thin bezel is partially covered by the custom rubber strap, which as I mentioned, covers the right side and exposes the crown and chrono pushers. The pushers are very well shaped. Large and fairly flat up against the case, which makes for easy use and comfort.
The dial on this piece is really well laid out. The large circular center at the base of the hands makes for an interesting characteristic. The hands themselves are even uniquely shaped, but still prove to be very legible on its contrasting white dial. The deeply recessed dial is actually luminescent, glowing an electric blue when in the dark and is protected by anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
The movement is a Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph which has 28,800 bph and about a 42hr power reserve. This also features a day/date display, small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30 min counter at 12, and 12 hr counter at 6.
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The tie between the watch brand Fortis and space travel has been a tremendous journey. Fortis has had major involvement with the Russian space program for over 17 years and have been their official timepiece for over 15. Their love of space dates back as far as the 1960’s when they 1st released the Spacematic. For 2012, and the 100 year anniversary of Fortis, they have introduced a new limited edition that has become one of the most popular pieces here at AZ Fine Time. The Fortis Spacematic Limited Edition 2012 623.22.42.
The 40mm 2 part stainless steel case is completely micro-sandblasted to give the steel a complete matte finish. The finish is great to hide signs of wear and also complements the watches look completely. The crown is a very uncommon design that when unscrewed, protrudes out pretty far, but when screwed in, recesses in to the case and wears quite comfortably. What is really nice is that the crown is very easy to handle, which of course was designed with that intention.
The dial on this piece is a very unique. The Arabic numerals are very sharp and crisp on the white dial and the indexes at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock add extra detail. The dots above the each hour marker as well as next to the twelve o’clock index, also add to its uniqueness. The day/date at 3 o’clock is also aligned to look just like the indexes to help give the piece symmetry. The orange second hand is also an eye catcher, but most aspects of this watch make it hard not to notice.
The lume is what really makes this dial stand out. All the white found on the dial is actually a blue super luminova that glows incredibly bright. This makes for an easy read, even in the darkest of conditions.
There are many variations of straps available for the Spacematic, but our favorite is the NATO. There are 3 colors available, black, tan and a dark green, all of which look fantastic. The NATO straps are not only durable and take long times to wear down, but are also quite comfortable and very secure.
The automatic movement is an ETA 2836-2 with day/date feature. It has a rate of 28,800 bph, 25 jewels and an incabloc shock absorber. The case back is closed, so you do not get to see the movement, but if you were wearing it on the NATO strap, you wouldn’t see it anyway. Even so, the watch is sealed tight, just in case you want to take it with on your next space expedition.
The Fortis Spacematic Limited Edition 623.22.42 retails for $1,225 and is one of the most affordable Fortis pieces on the market. It’s a tremendous value on a great timepiece. This piece has been loved by many and even the original Mercury Astronauts were known to have the Spacematic on their wrist.
Fortis has just recently launched a contest where your space inspired artwork can win a free parabolic flight on a Zero-G spacecraft. Please see HERE for more details. Should you have any questions regarding the Spacematic, or any Fortis timepiece, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.
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2012 celebrates the 100 year Anniversary of Fortis. For this tremendous occasion, Fortis has introduced a number of new limited editions, one of the most popular being the Fortis F-43 Flieger Automatic Day Date Limited Edition 700.20.92 Si05.
The F-43 was introduced as a new series, all being 43mm wide and come in a variety of complications. The 700.20.92 Si05 is one of the most simple, not to mention most affordable of the collection. This new F-43 features a large day date complication, and basic 3 hand time keeping. The movement used is the caliber F-2018, which appears to be a base ETA 2826-2, with modifications made for the large day feature. The F-43 also comes in a chronograph and a chronograph alarm with dual power reserve and GMT (which you can see HERE).
The case is a beautifully done, 2 piece high polish case. The finish is definitely very high quality and shows a near mirror finish. The case is slightly thick at 12mm, but not overbearing. It wears very well and sits nice on the wrist, as it has curvature to the case and a good lug to lug length. The case back is screwed in with a mineral crystal exposing the movement. The crystal covering the dial is a dual anti-reflective coated sapphire.
The dial is unique with a circular embossed pattern and opaline color. This color along with the blue steel numerals looks gorgeous. The texture adds great detail on the fairly simple watch and of course, the large day and date display are great as well, keeping the watch well balanced. The hands are very large and heavily lumed. This along with all the other attributes make legibility clear as day on this piece.
I really enjoy the silicone strap that comes on this model as well. It’s very soft and comfortable to wear. There’s also a butterfly deployment clasp engraved with “Fortis” and “Limited Edition” on each side. The inside of the clasp is covered in perlage, which is a very nice touch and done on most Fortis pieces.
The Fortis F-43 Flieger Automatic Day Date Limited Edition 700.20.92 is limited to 2012 pieces made for the world. The retail is $2875 on the silicone strap. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.
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While I’m no Albert Einstein and have little interest in the many philosophies of time and space, I do know that they go great together in watches. Fortis is a perfect example of the tie in between time and space with their many years of experience in the astronautical field and even working long term with the Russian Space Program. Fortis has achieved a great reputation for making watches capable of withstanding the rigors of space, but now have added the element of space to the design of their latest timepiece, the Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets Limited Edition.
While this piece is not made for space travel, Fortis has taken the orbit of 5 planets around the sun and basically made it into a new dial design. Now comes the cool part… The 5 openings in the dial (representing Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter) are actually used as a jumping hour display. This is not your typical jumping hour that is a stationary window, that has an hour wheel that jumps behind the dial. This watches dial actually jumps, exposing the hour numeral in different areas around the face. I guess you could say this is a true jumping hour.
Fortis has introduced the F-2024 automatic movement to make this unique complication possible. The movement appears to be an ETA 2892 or 93 base, but is elaborated on extensively. It takes the high skill of the watchmakers and engineers at Fortis to add the unique complication to the base movement. While the time keeping will be the same, the complication is far outside of the norm. The decoration work on the movement is also outstanding. There is perlage just about everywhere the eye can see.
The case is a massive 47mm width. Not ridiculously large, but beefy enough to satisfy anyone who prefers a bigger size. The case and bracelet are both very highly polished all the way through. It certainly has a very nice, high quality look to it, and weight is substantial (due to the bracelet, but is available on leather or silicone). The piece is a limited edition only 500 pieces and will be available in the blue and black dial.
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