Fortis Classic Cosmonauts Chronograph Launched in Basel 2016

by John Sealander  

Fortis fans know that the most exciting timepieces in Basel aren’t always found in the exhibition hall.

Fortis WatchesBaselworld 2016 has come and gone, and once again, some of the most exciting news wasn’t found in the main exhibition halls. Savvy visitors knew to head straight for the Hotel Dorint located near the Basel exhibition grounds. This is where Fortis previewed their latest offerings, including the exciting new Classic Cosmonauts Collection.

The Classic Cosmonauts are a fresh new interpretation of the legendary Official Cosmonauts Chronograph, the first automatic mechanical timepiece to be certified for space travel. Fortis has been developing space rated timepieces for over forty years and these exceptional timing tools are still the only official timepieces of the Russian Space Program.

Fortis 401.26.11 Classic Cosmonauts
Chronograph p.m. – Front View
Fortis 401.26.12 Classic Cosmonauts
Chronograph a.m. – Front View
Fortis 401.26.11 Classic Cosmonauts Chronograph p.m. - Front View Fortis 401.26.12 Classic Cosmonauts Chronograph a.m. - Front View
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This year, Basel visitors got a preview of the first major update to the legendary Official Cosmonauts Chronograph. The new Classic Cosmonauts feature a redesigned 42 mm bicolor housing with a hi-tech ceramic bezel. Also making its debut is a sapphire crystal caseback, providing a clear view of the precision 7750 W Valjoux mechanical movement. The screwdown pushers are retained from the original 1994 model, along with an integrated tachymeter scale engraved on the bezel.

This modern interpretation of a Fortis legend was a hit with Baselworld visitors. With its larger 42 mm case, ceramic bezel, and exhibition caseback, the new Classic Cosmonauts were enthusiastically received by buyers and watch enthusiasts as a space rated timepiece for the modern world. It is only a matter of time before this superbly executed update joins earlier Official Cosmonaut Chronographs in space.

Fortis 401.26.11 Classic Cosmonauts Chronograph p.m. – Side View
Fortis 401.26.11 Classic Cosmonauts Chronograph Basel 2016
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The Fortis Classic Cosmonauts, along with the new 2016 Aeromaster, are proof that Fortis isn’t content to rest on its laurels. Continual refinement and improvements ensure that these exceptional timepieces will continue to be an essential tool for pilots, astronauts and adventurers around the world.

The Fortis Classic Cosmonauts will be available at Fortis retailers soon. If you’d like to see what it’s like to wear a space rated timepiece, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and ask to see the exciting new Classic Cosmonauts Collection.

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Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US, Canada and Caribbean agent for Fortis Watches and the authorized Fortis watch repair service center. Contact David by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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*The Fortis Basel Dorint Hotel exhibit is not affiliated in any way with Baselworld 2016.

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