If you thought that Fortis only made tool watches, the new Terrestis Collection will remind you of a time when Fortis made milestones.
Many of you know Fortis as the watchmaker who produces some of the world’s best aviator and space watches. What many forget is that Fortis gained their reputation as a manufacturer of superlative tool watches by astounding the world with a long series of horological milestones back in the 1930’s and 40’s.
In fact, as far back as 1926 Fortis amazed the world with the first practical self-winding automatic watch movement. They brought some of the first waterproof watches to the world with their popular Fortissimo models. These pioneers of the watchmaking art continued to innovate throughout the 1930’s and 40’s, bringing their technical expertise and classic style to a succession of groundbreaking timepieces.
Fortis pays homage to these iconic masterpieces with their new Terrestis Collection. Inspired by popular Fortis timepieces from the golden age of watchmaking, the Terrestis Collection combines classic style with state-of-the-art technology.
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Exceptional Fortis movements are housed in slim new cases. The classic dials are protected with period-correct domed sapphire crystals. Many models feature authentic 1940’s Feuille hands, and some have observation style case backs that are bolted on using eight stainless steel screws. Each member of this impressive collection is a genuine work of art.
The flagship of the Terrestis Collection is the impressive Tycoon Chronograph. This impressive watch pays homage to the groundbreaking Valjoux 72 manual-winding chronograph initially introduced by Fortis in 1942.
The Tycoon Chronograph combines authentic 1940’s styling with a modern 41 mm case and a state-of-the-art 47-Jewel Swiss made DD2020 automatic movement. Featuring period correct feuille hands, a blued sweep second hand, a bolt on observation caseback, and raised rose gold plated numbers and indices, this magnificent timepiece represents the Fortis heritage at its very best.
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Tycoon a.m. and p.m.
The Terrestis Tycoon a.m. and p.m. continue the understated, elegant style of the flagship Tycoon Chronograph in an inspired three-hand configuration. The Tycoon a.m. and p.m. models share the Chronograph’s large 41 mm case, screw down observation caseback, domed sapphire crystal and authentic feuille hands. You have a choice of silver-opaline or anthracite black dials, each with a convenient date window at 6 o’clock. A Swiss made 21-Jewel, ETA 2892-2 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve, powers the Tycoon a.m and p.m.
19Fortis a.m. and p.m.
The distinguished looking 19Fortis a.m. and p.m. bring a more formal look to the Terrestis Collection. With a slightly smaller 40 mm case and an intricate and sophisticated patterned dial, the 19Fortis a.m. and p.m. are an inspired tribute to the elegant Fortis timepieces of the 1930’s and 40’s.
The silver-opaline a.m. model and the anthracite p.m. model both feature a precise checked pattern in the center of the dial, surrounded by raised metallic Roman numbers and a precisely inscribed minute track. There is also a convenient date window at 6 o’clock. These exceptional timepieces are powered by a Swiss made 21-Jewel, ETA 2892-2 automatic movement and equipped with period correct rose gold plated pencil hands. For those who want the utmost in retro-inspired elegance, the 19Fortis a.m. and p.m. are also available with a solid 5N rose gold case.
Hedonist a.m. and p.m.
A free running small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock was one of the most characteristic features of fine timepieces from the 1930’s and 40’s. The superb Hedonist a.m. and p.m. models pay homage to this familiar style, adding a beautifully embossed dial and authentic feuille hands.
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The 40 mm Hedonist is powered by a Swiss made 21-Jewel, ETA 2892-2 automatic movement, and like many other Terrestis timepieces, features a mineral glass observation caseback, secured with six stainless steel screws. Both the a.m. model with its silver-opaline dial and the p.m. model with an anthracite dial, include a convenient date window at 6 o’clock
Orchestra a.m. and p.m.
The beautiful Orchestra a.m. and p.m. represent art-deco elegance at its very best. These period correct Fortis masterpieces feature dressy stylized lugs, a minimal dial with three raised bar indices, and a single raised Arabic number at 12 o’clock. The small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock has been debossed for a sophisticated 3-D effect and includes a convenient date window.
With its elegant rose gold plated pencil hands and luxurious padded topstitched leather band, the exquisitely styled Orchestra is the perfect timepiece for a night out on the town. Like the Terrestis Hedonist, the Orchestra is also available in a solid 5N rose gold edition.
π (or Pi), the mathematical constant representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is one of the most famous numbers in history. Since most wristwatches are circular, renowned artist and designer Rolf Sachs thought a watch face was the perfect place to explain and honor this famous and extremely important number. Produced in an extremely limited edition of only 150 pieces worldwide, the Terrestis 2π is a wearable work of art.
Featuring a white Superluminova dial inscribed with Sachs’ unique interpretation of Pi, this whimsical 42 mm three-hand configuration is a delight to wear. A 25-Jewel Swiss made F-2014 automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve powers this artistic tribute to mathematics. An anti-reflective scratch resistant sapphire crystal protects the colorful dial while a second sapphire crystal on the back allows you to observe the precision Swiss made movement at work.
The impressive 2π is water resistant to 669 feet and can be equipped with your choice of a leather performance strap, leather dress strap, comfortable caoutchouc band, or black PVD coated stainless steel bracelet.
One of these timepieces belongs on your wrist
Like all Fortis timepieces, Terrestis models are engineered to last a lifetime and carry a two-year manufacturer’s warranty. If you’re fond of the iconic and historically significant watch styles from the 1930’s and 40’s, you’re going to love the Fortis Terrestis Collection.
Each of these amazing timepieces is a testament to the craftsmanship and fine design that true watch connoisseurs have grown to depend on for over 100 years. To see how these exceptional timepieces looks like on your wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and ask to see the entire Terrestis Collection.