Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch Collection


by John Sealander  

When pilots look for an aviation chronograph, they prefer one that is already cleared for takeoff.

Fortis WatchesThere have been Fortis watches on aviator’s wrists almost as long as there have been planes in the air. After 100 years of watchmaking innovation, pilots have learned they can depend on Fortis when the mission is critical. The amazing Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph is a testament to why Fortis continues to be a favored timepiece of astronauts and aviators to this day.

Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch CollectionThis 42 mm masterpiece provides the clarity, ease-of-use, and dependability that professional pilots require. The distinctive chronograph configuration features three exceptionally readable sub-dials, including a 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock, a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and a free running small seconds dial at 9 o’clock. There is even a convenient tachymeter scale on the chapter ring flange, leaving the stainless steel bezel clean and uncluttered.

The Fortis tradition of painting the entire length of its aviation watch hands with highly luminous Super-LumiNova material makes these timepieces exceptionally easy to read at night. The chronometer hands are bright orange, providing a clear differentiation between the white time-keeping hands. Even the convenient day-date window includes clear directional arrows to show which direction the crown should be turned when making quick changes. It is little details like these that make the B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph such a valuable timing tool for professional pilots. Pilots appreciate clarity and know that seconds count in critical situations.

The Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph is powered by one of the best chronograph movements ever made: the renowned Valjoux 7750. When this movement was introduced in 1974, it was quickly adopted by the world’s best watchmakers because of its reliability, ease of assembly and ease of maintenance. To view this precision mechanical workhorse, the B-42 Pilot Professional includes an exhibition caseback where the custom Fortis winding rotor and mechanical movement are clearly visible.

This superb aviator’s chronograph has been fitted with a padded black genuine leather strap with contrasting white stitching. The strap has been custom fitted to the case and is fastened with a traditional prong-style buckle. A knurled stainless steel crown emblazoned with the Fortis logo and two well-placed chronograph pushers complete the classic design.

Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch CollectionIf you’re a professional pilot, or would just like to look like one, you need a Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph on your wrist. In the air or on the ground, you’ll be wearing a professional timing tool that has already received the approval of aviators around the world. To acquire your own Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph, contact an authorized Fortis watch dealer immediately.

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Fortis Climbs to New Heights With Fred North

Fred North With His Fortis Watch and Helicopter


by John Sealander  

When Fred North Set the World Altitude Record for Helicopters,
He Took Along a Watch That Wasn’t Afraid of Heights

Fortis WatchesYou may not know Fred North, but you’ve definitely seen his work. He is the helicopter pilot responsible for the fantastic aerial shots in blockbuster movies like The Bourne Legacy, Man of Steel, Total Recall, and The Expendables. This award winning movie pilot has always been up for a challenge and he was determined to beat the altitude record for helicopters set by Jean Boulet over thirty years earlier.

To reach his goal, North selected a French helicopter known for its endurance and high altitude capabilities: the B2 Squirrel. This powerful, durable helicopter had already gained fame for landing on top of Mount Everest and currently sees frequent use as a search and rescue vehicle in inaccessible, mountainous areas. The B2 Squirrel seemed like the ideal machine for this record challenge, but it still needed modifications. To save weight, Fred kept instrumentation and interior equipment to a bare minimum. However, he always made sure to take along a good watch: his trusty Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph.

Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch
Fortis B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph Watch
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Fortis watches are no strangers to high altitudes. Renowned for their precision, durability, and easy-to-read dials, these dependable aviation timepieces have become a favorite of pilots and astronauts worldwide. Aerial acrobatic teams, military pilots, and even the crew of the International Space Station depend on Fortis, and so did Fred North when he made his astounding record flight.

Fred North's EquipmentHelicopters are not known for their high altitude capabilities. To reach his record setting altitude of 42,500 feet, Fred had to plan his assent and decent very carefully. At high altitudes, Fred’s B2 Squirrel operated with only 25% of the power that was normally available at lower altitudes. The helicopter’s rotors just didn’t have much air to bite into, and the powerful turbine engine had a tendency to flame out. Even breathing became a problem for Fred, who had to wear oxygen equipment and a special thorax compression jacket.

Although there were a few tense moments when the pressure regulator valve on Fred North’s flight suit wasn’t working properly, this accomplished pilot was able to accomplish what many thought was impossible and surpass the record set by Jean Boulet over thirty years earlier. Although Fred is extremely proud of his record setting flight, he says that taking a helicopter to 42,500 feet is a once in a lifetime experience. “I will never do it again,” he says.

You can continue to see the remarkable work of Fred North at a movie theater near you. Wherever he flies, there’s certain to be a Fortis aviation watch on his wrist.

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Fortis and Petr Kopfstein – The Tale of a Famous Tail

Petr Kopfstein Fortis Ambassador


by John Sealander  

Fortis and Petr Kopfstein:  A Tale of Aeronautical Excellence

Fortis WatchesPetr Kopfstein is one of the world’s best aerobatic pilots. This native of the Czech Republic has already won multiple medals for his flying skills at aviation’s most prestigious acrobatic flying shows. With over 1000 hours in the air and over 30 type ratings for different aircraft, he quickly caught the eye of Fortis, who made him their brand ambassador in 2011.

Petr has an eye for quality. He currently flies the Extra 330SC, considered by many to be the finest aerobatic certified aircraft in the world. When he’s in the air, and even when he’s not, he wears a Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts Automatic Chronograph, the same watch that is emblazoned on the tail of his plane. Just like his Extra 330SC, the Fortis B-42 is as precision instrument that Petr knows he can always depend on.

It should come as no surprise that Petr Kopfstein prefers the Fortis B-42. This celebrated watch is still issued to every cosmonaut and astronaut who goes through the training program at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia. The B-42 has not only proven itself in space, it is also a favorite of professional pilots and aviators worldwide.

Although Petr Kopfstein is a familiar name in Europe, he is not widely known in other parts of the world. That’s about to change, now that his famous Extra 330SC aircraft has been reproduced as a radio controlled flying model. The precision model is an accurate reproduction of Petr Kopfstein’s acrobatic aircraft, right down to the Fortis B-42 painted on the tail.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see Petr’s amazing flying skills in person at an airshow or acrobatic competition, you might just spot his famous plane wherever RC hobbyists gather. Flying radio controlled model aircraft is becoming a popular and challenging hobby in many countries around the world, and the exciting new A-602 Extra330sc model is quickly becoming one of these hobbyists favorite ways to fly.

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3H Italia Quartz Watch Collection


by John Sealander  

You Don’t Have to be an Italian Fighter Pilot to Look Like One

3H Italia Watches3H Italia watches have a reputation for rugged good looks and quality craftsmanship. This young Italian company’s unique ability to make a dramatic and colorful statement has made it a favorite with a wide range of celebrities from popular singers like Boy George to supermodels like Monika Erb.

3H Oceandiver and Quartz CollectionsYou don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy the pleasure of having a 3H Italia watch on your wrist however. You don’t even have to be wealthy. With the introduction of the spectacular new 3H Italia Quartz Collection, just about anyone can enjoy one of these oversize beauties. This authentically styled pilot’s watch features a bold, easy-to-read dial that an Italian fighter pilot would appreciate. Available in ten exciting colors, this three-hand configuration is easy to read under even the most adverse conditions.

3H Italia Quartz 3H03 3H Italia Quartz 3H02 3H Italia Quartz 3H04
3H Italia Quartz 3H03 3H Italia Quartz 3H02 3H Italia Quartz 3H04
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This is the first quartz watch that 3H Italia has ever produced and the company went to great lengths to ensure that they maintained the same high quality standards their mechanical watches are famous for. The result is a finely crafted pilot’s style timepiece that costs much less than you’d expect. The addition of color to the authentically styled pilot’s dial will make this a popular watch with aviation enthusiasts and fashionistas alike.

3H Italia Quartz 3H05 3H Italia Quartz 3H08 3H Italia Quartz 3H06
3H Italia Quartz 3H05 3H Italia Quartz 3H08 3H Italia Quartz 3H06
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This dramatically oversized watch is hard to ignore on any wrist. The three-hand display features bright superluminova hands and includes a convenient date window at three o’clock. A sixty-minute scale circumscribed around the chapter ring augments the boldly marked indices for easy readability under all conditions. A durable mineral glass crystal protects the colorful dial and the stainless steel case is water resistant to a depth of 165 feet. Each timepiece comes equipped with a luxurious genuine leather strap.

3H Oceandiver and Quartz CollectionsIf you’d like to join the growing list of people who’ve already discovered the allure of wearing a 3H Italia watch, all you have to do is contact your nearest authorized 3H Italia dealer and ask to see the new Quartz Collection. You may not be an Italian fighter pilot with one of these beauties on your wrist, but you’ll certainly look like one.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group, watchmaker and wholesale watch distributor, is the exclusive U.S. agent for exquisitely designed and crafted European luxury and fashion watch brands, distributing and servicing some of the best affordable luxury and Swiss watches and trendy fashion watches. Gevril Group also operates a full-service watch repair, staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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ShopHQ Luxury Timepiece Event Monday August 13


by John Sealander  

Make Plans to Spend Some Time Enjoying a Luxurious
Evening with ShopHQ on Monday, August 13th

How many times have you wished there was a beautiful luxury timepiece on your wrist? Well, there’s no need to wait any longer to fulfill your wish. Starting at 10pm Eastern Time (7pm Pacific) on Monday, August 13, both on TV and streaming online, the popular ShopHQ shopping channel will be featuring some of the world’s most popular luxury timepieces at prices that will be almost impossible to resist.

ShopHQ’s resident watch expert Daniel Green and Steven Jay of Gevril Group will co-host this special luxury event. This will be your chance to obtain fabulous luxury timepieces by famous manufacturers like Gio Monaco, Louis Erard, Fortis, Meccaniche Veloci, Versace, Gevril, Ferragamo, and others at prices you will find hard to believe.

ShopHQ Host Daniel Green Gevril Group’s Steven Jay
Daniel Green Steven Jay

Fine timepieces like these almost never go on sale, so this special luxury event is a unique opportunity to find the watch of your dreams at a price you can afford. Almost every time that a product of this quality is featured on the popular ShopHQ program, it sells out very quickly. Quantities of these top-of-the-line timepieces are strictly limited, so you’ll want to be among the first callers to take advantage of the amazing deals that Gevril Group’s own Steven Jay will be presenting during this exclusive one-time luxury event.

Would you like a luxurious Gevril Avenue of Americas automatic? How about a fashion forward Versace or Ferragamo timepiece? If you fancy an authentic pilot’s watch on your wrist, you’ll definitely want to consider a Fortis Flieger or even the fabulous Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph. All these fabulous luxury timepieces and many more will be available at special event prices only during the August 13th ShopHQ show, so make plans now to tune-in and take advantage of some amazing deals.

Gevril Avenue of Americas Fortis Official
Cosmonauts Chronograph
Fortis Flieger
Gevril Avenue of Americas - 5006A Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph - 630.10.92 L.01 Fortis Flieger - 700.10.81 L.01
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Remember that the show begins on August 13 at 10pm Eastern Time (7pm Pacific). This is an event that any watch aficionado won’t want to miss! Put this special event on your calendar now and make plans to tune-in. As viewers of previous ShopHQ events already know, when Daniel Green and Steven Jay start talking about watches, you’re going to want to join the conversation.

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Gevril GroupGevril Group, directed by company founder and long-time creative force in the watch business Samuel Friedmann, is the exclusive US representative for select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sports timepieces at a wide range of price points. Additionally, Gevril Group operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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Fortis Extends Private Label Watch Business to North America

by Bill Shuster

Fortis WatchesFortis, one of the world’s leading fine watch brands, is expanding its successful private label business to companies, retailers, schools, teams, clubs, and other groups in the US and Canadian markets and is attracting them with very competitive pricing.

The respected Swiss brand, which marks its centennial in 2012, made the world’s first automatic watch and is known for technically-precise pilots watches and chronographs. Fortis watches are the official timepieces on the International Space Station, both for Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts; the authorized watches of the Hungarian Air Force; used by professional pilots, and airman in US flying squadrons. Those squadrons, until recently, were the primary American customers of Fortis’ long-established private label business, which represents 25% of its total production, making watches for clients worldwide.

Porsche Private Label Watches Ducati Private Label Watches
Porsche Private Label Watches Ducati Private Label Watches

 

Now, Fortis is opening up its Private Label Program to any US or Canadian business or group wanting fine Swiss timepieces for members, staff, or clients at costs far below their respective retail prices.

“Not only does a client get a top-level watch with a 100-year rock-solid reputation,” said Miriam Tress, Fortis Brand Manager at Gevril Group, “but buying in bulk gets a great price. We reduce prices substantially for our private label customers. Of course, the final cost will depend upon quantity required, colors used and any add-ons, such as engraving the watch back (e.g., “2012 top sales division,” “National Pennant winners, 2012″).

Fortis offers private label clients a wide selection of mechanical timepieces, as well as watches from its lower-retail Fortis Colors quartz line, and only 25 watches are needed for a minimum order. Delivery can take from two weeks to six months, depending on the number of watches ordered and the extent of customization requested.

Select Private Label Watch Models

Fortis Mens 595.22.41.L.01
Pilot Professional
Black Dial Watch
Fortis Mens 645.10.11.L.01
B-42 Pilot Professional
Black Dial Watch
Fortis Mens 645.10.12.L.08
B-42 Flieger Automatic
White Dial Watch
Fortis Mens 595.22.41.L.01 Pilot Professional Black Dial Watch Fortis Mens 645.10.11.L.01 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Watch Fortis Mens 645.10.12.L.08 B-42 Flieger Automatic White Dial Watch

Fortis Mens 597.22.11.L Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Fortis Mens 635.10.11.L.08
B-42 Pilot Professional
Black Dial Chronograph
Fortis Mens 635.10.12.L.01
B-42 Flieger Automatic
White Dial Chronograph
Fortis Mens 597.22.11.L Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Watch Fortis Mens 635.10.11.L.08 B-42 Pilot Professional Black Dial Chronograph Watch Fortis Mens 635.10.12.L.01 B-42 Flieger Automatic White Dial Chronograph Watch

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

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