Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

One Refined Flieger

Fortis WatchesFortis pilot watches debuted in the 1980s and helped define a new generation of functional timepieces, with a distinct style that combined 40 mm cases and black dials, along with green tritium luminous material applied to large hands and hour markers. The result was sturdy, sober and legible watches designed for professional pilots. The inherent attraction of no-nonsense tool watches quickly extended beyond the world’s high flyers (fliegers), and Fortis pilot watches began appearing on the wrists of the populace.

Buy Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger ChronographThe new Fortis limited edition Flieger Chronograph 597.20.92 M is a sophisticated variant of the award-wining models in the current collection, with a tonal scheme reminiscent of watches in the brand’s current F-43 series. The Flieger Chronograph maintains all of the desirable qualities of an effective pilot’s watch but offers a few refinements that make it more subdued, and more elegant.

The case retains the 40 mm size of the original offerings and utilizes a combination of brushed and polished steel. The sturdy interlink bracelet closes by way of a fold-over clasp. (The watch is also available on a black padded leather strap.) Polished steel chronograph pushers flank the large, fluted and domed crown, which is designed to be easy to clutch and operate. The sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective coating and the watch is water resistant to 330 feet.

Subtleties include thicker, softer outlines around the sub-dials and skeletonized hands with luminous tips. The dial’s creamy shade of beige is well coordinated with the blue and black details. All in all, these changes ease the watch’s tough and purposeful appearance without sacrificing legibility, which so defines the Fortis Flieger’s history.

Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger Chronograph

Buy Fortis 597.20.92 M Flieger ChronographKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Chronograph function
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement, fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorver
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, 15 mm thickness
  • Beige dial with day and date display
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless steel bezel
  • Silver stainless steel bracelet, width 19 mm, fold over clasp with safety
  • Water resistant to 330 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

At the heart of the Flieger Chronograph 597.20.92 M is an ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic movement, widely accepted as one of the most dependable cam-operated chronograph movements around. In addition to the chronograph function, the Flieger features quick-set day and date complications.

Time-keeping equipment for pilots has to be functional: legibility and dependability are essential to a pilot’s ability to make accurate calculations on-the-fly. This is the legacy of the Fortis Flieger. Today, Fortis pilot watches continue to be a favorite among civil aviation and air aerobatic squadrons around the world. Built to perform and good looks to match make this Flieger Chronograph – a limited edition of 500 pieces worldwide – an excellent choice for daily wear. Pick one up today from an authorized Fortis dealer.

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Fortis 660.27.11 M B-42 Titanium Official Cosmonauts Alarm Chronograph

Fortis Space Watch Suspended in Weightlessness


by John Sealander  

Over 500 astronauts have reached earth’s orbit. Only 300 of them could ever hope to wear the world’s first and only C.O.S.C certified cosmonaut’s mechanical alarm chronometer.

Fortis WatchesFew things are more exclusive than orbiting the earth, and the astounding titanium Fortis 660.27.11 M B-42 Official Cosmonauts Alarm Chronograph is one of them. Only 300 of these mechanical marvels were ever produced. This technically advanced and extremely exclusive official cosmonauts chronometer is a testament to the skill of Fortis master watchmakers. The Fortis 660.27.11 M B-42 Titanium Official Cosmonauts Alarm Chronograph is not only the world’s first C.O.S.C. certified mechanical alarm chronometer, it is the first watch of its kind to be approved for space travel.

Buy Fortis 660.27.11 M B-42 Titanium Official Cosmonauts Alarm ChronographThis first-of-its-kind Swiss made 42 mm mechanical timepiece is powered by a proprietary Fortis F2001-5 movement, which is based on a time-tested Valjoux 7750 that has been modified to include the exclusive alarm complication. The superlative movement also includes an Incabloc shock absorber and dual mainspring barrels. With its C.O.S.C certification, the Official Cosmonauts Alarm Chronograph is both extremely accurate and uniquely suited for critical application both here at home and in outer space.

The uncluttered matte black dial features large legible Superluminova white Arabic numbers with three well-placed totalizers for 30 minutes, 12 hours, and 60 seconds. The bright Superluminova hands and indices are easy to read under any lighting conditions. There is a convenient date window at 3 o’clock, flanked by an orange square to indicate whether the alarm function is activated. Two small arrows indicate which direction the crown must be turned to change the date or alarm. Every detail of this fine timepiece has been designed to make life easier for the busy astronaut or aviator.

An anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal protects the functional dial, while the lightweight and extremely durable titanium case has a screw–down titanium caseback engraved with the official national emblems of the Russian Space Agency and the Gagarin Cosmonauts Star City Training Center. This impressive titanium case features a unidirectional rotating bezel marked with a 60-minute scale and is water resistant to 660 feet. To complete the inspired design, the watch has been fitted with a matching Fortis titanium link bracelet with a fold-over safety clasp.

Fortis 660.27.11 M B-42 Titanium Official Cosmonauts Alarm Chronograph

Buy Fortis 660.27.11 M B-42 Titanium Official Cosmonauts Alarm ChronographKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Chronograph function
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement, fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorver
  • Titanium case, diameter 44 mm, 18 mm thickness
  • Black dial with date display and minute track
  • Luminous hands and hour markers
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Unidirectional stainless steel bezel
  • Silver titanium bracelet, width 20 mm, fold over clasp with safety
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

Even though the Fortis 660.27.11 M B-42 Titanium Official Cosmonauts Alarm Chronograph is rated for space travel, you don’t have to be an astronaut to own one. You do have to act fast though, because there are only 300 of these beauties in the entire universe. To put one on your wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer today and launch yourself into a whole new level of perfection.

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Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Limited Edition Vintage Watch


by John Sealander  

Fortis WatchesThe 1970’s weren’t just about big hair, leisure suits, and waterbeds. This decade was also a time of tremendous innovation. Barcodes, e-mail, laser printers, video games, personal computers, and genetic engineering all made their debut in the 1970’s. Not surprisingly, this was also a time of horological excellence, with many watchmakers introducing some of their most innovative and enduring designs. One of these groundbreaking timepieces was the original Fortis Marinemaster.

Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage WatchAs a tribute to this iconic timepiece, Fortis is re-issuing it in a special limited edition of 500 pieces. The Fortis Marinemaster Vintage 800.20.85 L.01 remains faithful to the original design while incorporating technological advancements that make the historic chronograph even better. A proprietary Fortis caliber 2020 automatic movement, based on the reliable Swiss made ETA 2892, now powers this vintage masterpiece. With a modified chronograph module, 47 jewels, a fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber, this superb timing tool is an improvement on the earlier Marinemaster.

Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage
Fortis  800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage
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Like its 1970’s namesake, the Marinemaster Vintage 800.20.85 L.01 watch features a three-part 40 mm stainless steel case, a specially coated domed PMMA acrylic crystal, an exhibition caseback, and a unidirectional rotating bezel with a clearly marked 60-minute aluminum insert ring. The beautiful black dial features three perfectly placed blue sub-dials at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock for timing events. There is also a precisely engraved tachymeter scale circumscribed around the edge of the chapter ring.

The 800.20.85 L.01 Fortis Marinemaster Vintage has a highly polished, and period correct, stainless steel case that is water resistant to 165 feet. The vintage chronograph has been fitted with a beautiful black genuine leather strap with contrasting top stitching, just like the 1970’s original.

Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Limited Edition Vintage Watch

Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage WatchKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Chronograph function
  • Swiss automatic self-wind F-2020 movement with modified chronograph module, fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorver
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 40 mm, 15 mm thickness
  • Black dial
  • Exhibition caseback
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless steel bezel
  • Black calfskin band, width 20 mm, buckle clasp
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

If you’d like to own one of the iconic timepieces that made Fortis a favorite among pilots, astronauts, and sailors, this is your chance. With only 500 copies available worldwide, this faithful recreation of a Fortis masterpiece won’t last long. To put a piece of history on your wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and reserve your Fortis 800.20.85 L.01 Marinemaster Vintage watch today.

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Louis Erard 78 225 AA 06 – 1931 Chronograph


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Louis Erard WatchesDating back to 1816, the chronograph is one of the most useful complications in a watch even centuries after its invention. It was first developed by Louis Moinet and applied to astronomical equipment. Five years later it was commercialized by Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec, who designed one for King Louis XVIII in 1821 to time horse racing.

Even though the chronograph is a sporty complication, it can exude class and sophistication. All it takes is the right design to make it a timepiece that works in both casual and business environments. The Louis Erard 78 225 AA 06 chronograph from the 1931 collection hits that sweet spot allowing it to be a versatile player in any situation.

Louis Erard 78 225 AA 06 – 1931 Chronograph
Louis Erard 78 225 AA 06 1931
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Housed in a 42.5 mm stainless steel case, the Louis Erard 78 225 AA 06 timepiece features a rich chocolate brown dial. Brown dials aren’t commonly used, the default colors being silver, white or black. However, when the right tone of brown is chosen, it makes the watch a real standout—and Louis Erard really got this one right.

The chronograph dials are set against this beautiful brown dial with the 30 minute counter at 12 o’clock, the 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock and the crosshair running seconds at 9 o’clock. The watch’s yellow seconds hand adds nice contrast to the composition.

In the classic layout, the chronograph pushers surround the crown at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock. In addition to the chronograph function, the Louis Erard 1931 78 225 AA 06 timepiece also provides the convenience of a date aperture at 6 o’clock within the 12 hour subdial. A watch isn’t finished until it’s got a strap, which can make or break the overall look of a watch. Louis Erard chose the right tone with the brown crocodile-pattern leather strap with a steel folding clasp.

All of Louis Erard’s watches are Swiss made and the Louis Erard 78 225 AA 06 employs a mechanical automatic ETA Valjoux 7750 calibre, one of the most reliable movements on the market. Part of the fun of a mechanical movement is seeing the moving parts, and the sapphire exhibition caseback allows this pleasure.

Louis Erard 78 225 AA 06 1931 Watch

Key Features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss mechanical automatic ETA Valijoux 7750 calibre movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 42.5 mm, transparent exhibition caseback
  • Brown dial, 12 hour and 30 minute counters at 6 and 12 o’clock, small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, date window at 6 o’clock
  • Chronograph function
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Brown crocodile-pattern leather strap with steel folding clasp
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

For a chronograph that will up the game in any environment, the Louis Erard 1931 78 225 AA 06 competes at the highest level. Purchase your Louis Erard timepiece from an authorized Louis Erard dealer.

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Louis Erard 78 225 AA 01 – 1931 Vintage Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

A Fitting Salute to 1931

Louis Erard WatchesIn 1931 Louis Erard and his eponymous Swiss company began making watches. Eighty years later the brand introduced its 1931 collection to pay homage to those early days. The 1931 collection includes watches that illustrate much of what was important to the brand then, and now: they balance tradition, sophistication and dependability. The Vintage Chronograph Reference 78 225 AA 01, a limited edition of 500 pieces, is a fine example.

Buy Louis Erard 78225AA01 1931 Vintage Chronograph WatchLouis Erard uses mechanical movements in its watches. The Vintage Chronograph contains the Swiss made ETA Valjoux 7750. For anyone unfamiliar, the 25-jewel Valjoux 7750 is among the most widely used automatic chronograph movements today. It operates by way of a three-cam system (as opposed to a column wheel) and is noted for being reliable and easy to service. In addition to the chronograph function, it features a quick-set day and date.

To get a glimpse of the 7750 in action, simply turn the watch over: the movement, including the customized oscillating weighted rotor with Geneva Stripes decoration, is visible through an exhibition caseback. The caseback also features the watch’s limited edition number (008/500) engraved into the case.

Louis Erard 78225AA01 1931 Vintage Chronograph – Front and Back
Louis Erard 78225AA01 1931 Vintage Chronograph - Front and Back
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Configuration of the sub-dials is characteristic of the 7750 movement, with 30-minute and 12-hour totalizers at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively, and a running small-seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock. The day and date apertures appear at 3 o’clock.

The dial itself is balanced, tasteful and well detailed. The use of railroad-track-patterned rings is both visually stimulating and useful in delineating the sub-dials; i.e., the small-seconds track has 60 indexes whereas the indexes of the chronograph sub-dials are spaced wider apart to record minute and hour increments; the dial’s outer track measures passing minutes and chronograph seconds. Serifed Arabic numerals, blue hands and arrowheads add strong vintage appeal.

A few modern attributes indicate that this Vintage Chronograph is in fact a contemporary piece. For one, the stainless steel case is 42.5 mm in diameter (vintage watches are typically smaller), and the crystal is sapphire with anti-reflective coating on both sides. Elegances include curved and polished lugs, a polished bezel and crown, and polished caps on the chronograph pushers. The attractive black leather padded strap features cream stitching and a prong buckle.

Louis Erard delivers each of the 500 Vintage Chronograph watches in a special presentation box that includes a seal, sealing wax and vintage stationery.

Louis Erard 78225AA01 1931 Vintage Chronograph Box
Louis Erard 1931 Vintage Chronograph Box
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What remains in this discussion of the Vintage Chronograph Reference 78 225 AA 01 is its cost, and the good news is that Louis Erard is committed to offering its watches at affordable prices. Even with its value-added refinements and Swiss made automatic movement, the Vintage Chronograph can be had for a lot less than you might think. Contact an authorized dealer today to inquire.

Louis Erard 78 225 AA 01 – 1931 Vintage Chronograph Watch

Buy Louis Erard 78225AA01 1931 Vintage Chronograph WatchKey Features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic calibre movement, decorated oscillating weight
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 42.5 mm, transparent engraved caseback
  • Silver toned dial, day and date window at 3 o’clock, hour and minute counters at 6 and 12 o’clock, small seconds at 9
  • Chronograph function
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Black leather strap, cream topstiching, pin buckle
  • 500 piece limited edition
  • Delivered in special box with seal, wax and vintage stationary
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

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Louis Erard 80 231 OR01 Excellence Moon Phase Chronograph Gold Watch


by Adrian Herscovici  

Enlightened, Haute and Extraordinary

Louis Erard WatchesThe Excellence collection from Louis Erard was introduced on the 80th anniversary of the company in 2011. To ensure this new collection remained faithful to the brand’s values, Louis Erard followed this proven recipe: strive to design timeless classics, stay committed to the traditions of haute horology and offer the brand’s watches at affordable prices – in all, a rare triad among Swiss mechanical watchmakers.

One jewel in the Excellence collection is Reference 80 231 OR01, a chronograph with a triple calendar, GMT and moon phase housed in a rose gold case. At the heart of the watch is a Swiss made ETA Valjoux 7751 automatic movement beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, with 25 jewels, an Etachron regulator and a stop-second mechanism. The assembly of the 7751 supports an orderly design by overlapping the complications on the sub-dials.

Louis Erard 80 231 OR01 Excellence Chronograph
Louis Erard 80231OR01 Excellence Chronograph
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The chronograph is comprised of a central seconds hand, a 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock and 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock. The sub-dial at 9 o’clock is home to the constant seconds register and the GMT function, which features a hand with an arrowhead pointing to a corresponding 24-hour scale.

Three separate apertures within the other two sub-dials display the day, date and moon phase. The pointer-date hand stems from the central pivot and has a crescent shaped tip that edges the date printed on the rehaut. (Quick corrections of the day, date and month are easily managed with inset pushers on the side of the case.)

On the dial, thin Roman numerals, some of which are pruned by the sub-dials, allow the dial to remain bright and open. The Romans also create an air of antiquity, as do the blued hands. Recessed sub-dials also contribute to the well-ordered design. The dial is a silvered white and covered by a large sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides.

The exquisite polished case is made of a full 70 g of 18k rose gold and measures 42 mm in diameter; its design is marked by simplicity, as any fine dress watch should be. The lugs, too, have no extraneous parts and jut purposefully from the case to accommodate the genuine crocodile leather strap, which has an 18k rose gold pin buckle. The caseback, also in rose gold, is secured by four screws and decorated with the emblem “LE” embossed in a script font along with the commemorative year “1931″.

Louis Erard 80 231 OR01 Excellence Moon Phase Chronograph 24-Hour 18k Rose Gold Watch

Key Features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss ETA Valjoux 7751 automatic calibre movement
  • Round 18k rose gold case, diameter 42 mm, decorated caseback
  • Silver toned dial, day and date window at 12 o’clock
  • Chronograph function, moon phases at 6 o’clock
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Genuine brown crocodile-pattern leather band with 18k rose gold pin buckle
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

Like others in the Excellence collection, this watch has both classic and modern attributes. Its appearance, its inner workings and its case are characteristic of watches found in the upper echelon of Swiss made timepieces, but it remains available at a relatively modest price. Louis Erard is firmly committed to this principle of mixing classic design with haute horology and affordability. Contact an authorized dealer today for further details about this extraordinary gold timepiece.

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