Joe Mantegna Catches Criminals with Fortis

Joe Mantegna as David Rossi on Criminal Minds


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesCriminal Minds has been a hit since debuting on CBS in September 2005, and it’s no small part due to the acting talents of Joe Mantegna. Although Mantegna joined the cast in the show’s third year, after the departure of Mandy Patinkin who played Senior Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Jason Gideon, he took over the big responsibility of being the headliner responsible for carrying a large part of the show.

Mantegna plays David Rossi, another Senior Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) voluntarily returning to the team after taking early retirement from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) for personal projects. A highly experienced profiler, he was one of the original members of the unit. During his hiatus he wrote books and did the lecture circuit discussing criminal analysis.

Criminal Minds is what’s classified as a police procedural program. What makes it different is the focus. While most, if not all, procedurals focus on solving the crime, Criminal Minds puts their attention to profiling the dangerous criminal referred to as the unsub or “unknown subject”—and these people have really twisted minds.

On the show, part of Mantegna’s wardrobe is the Fortis 648.10.12 K, from the B-42 Diver watch collection. Fortis is known for their rugged watches, and this model has the added benefit of being water resistant, so Rossi can rely on it to hold up in the field, which is crucial in his job.

Joe Mantegna With His Fortis B-42 Diver Fortis 648.10.12 K B-42 Diver
Joe Mantegna With His Fortis B-42 Diver Watch Fortis 648.10.12 K B-42 Diver
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Off the Criminal Minds set, Mantegna is a busy guy with a multi-faceted career. He works in television, film and stage, having appeared in David Mamet’s play Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he won a Tony. He’s acted in films including The Godfather Part III, Bugsy and Searching for Bobby Fischer, and he voiced characters in The Simpsons and Cars 2. But his talent doesn’t stop there, he’s also a musician who played in a band that eventually went on to form the group Chicago. By that time, Mantegna had left the band to pursue his acting career.

Fans, however, get their biggest dose of Mantegna weekly on Criminal Minds where, when he’s not profiling the bad guys, you can see he’s definitely having a ball with the crew and his co-stars on the set.

In the following video, Joe Mantegna is wearing his Fortis 635.10.11 L.01 B-42 Pilot Professional watch. “I chose this Fortis watch, because this is what a successful FBI profiler would wear,” Joe says.

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Joe and Shemar Celebrate at TCA Press Tour Party

Joe Mantegna and Shemar Moore by the TCA Press Tour Party


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesIf you’re a network, producer, critic or actor in television, then the place to be is at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour in July. Here the networks announce their new shows and schedules in the never-ending race to be the ratings king. During this time the press has the opportunity to interview the players, including the creators, writers and stars of the show all in one place. And with announcements come the parties.

On July 17, CBS/CW and Showtime were the hosts, where Criminal Minds stars Joe Mantegna and Shemar Moore came out to have some fun. The show is about a group of profilers who keep tabs on dangerous criminals in order to anticipate and stop them before they strike again.


Veteran actor Mantegna plays David Rossi, an FBI BAU Supervisory Special Agent who came out of early retirement to rejoin the BAU. Mantegna is a multi-talent who acts, writes, produces, plays music and even does voice work, most notably for The Simpsons as Fat Tony.

As usual Mantegna was a good sport with the press, answering questions and posing for pictures. He looked dapper wearing a suit with an open collar. Around his wrist was spotted a Fortis B-42 Diver watch to complement his outfit.

Mantegna mugged it up with co-star Shemar Moore in some fun pictures posing as if they were holding guns (top of page). As FBI BAU Supervisory Special Agent Derek Morgan on “Criminal Minds”, Moore is a black belt in judo and runs FBI self-defense classes in addition to his profiling work. Before landing the role on Criminal Minds Moore worked as a model and was a regular on The Young and the Restless .

Joe Mantegna with Co-Star Shemar Moore
Joe Mantegna with Co-Star Shemar Moore
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Like his buddy Mantegna, Moore is press friendly and had a good time at the party, posing for pictures and granting interviews. His style of dress differed from Mantegna’s. He was more street cool in a black short-sleeved shirt with a leather vest over it and a black hat. Like Mantegna, he also sported a watch, a GV2 Fiamme.

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Harrison Ford Chooses the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Watch for Ender’s Game

Harrison Ford Wearing His Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph in Ender's Game
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by John Sealander  

When Harrison Ford needed a space proven timepiece for his role as Colonel Gaff in the science fiction thriller Ender’s Game, he picked a watch that has actually been there.

Fortis WatchesEnder’s Game, scheduled to be released in theaters throughout the United States on November 1, is the story of a young boy who has the future of the entire human race on his shoulders. When Earth is invaded by a race of aliens called the Formics, it is decided that the best hope for survival lies with child prodigies like Andrew “Ender” Wiggin who have been trained from an early age in an elite battle school orbiting the earth to command the earth’s international fleet in a desperate battle for survival.

It’s Harrison Ford’s job, in his role as Colonel Gaff, to train the young Andrew Wiggen to master a series of increasingly difficult war games and fulfill his destiny as a military leader who will be the supreme commander in a war that will determine the future of Earth and the human race.

Since much of the action in this exciting thriller takes place in a space station orbiting high above the earth, it was no surprise that Harrison Ford chose to wear a genuine space proven timepiece for his role as the tough, self-reliant teacher who trains the young Ender in the art of war. The watch you see on Ford’s wrist is the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Watch.

Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Watch
Fortis Mens 630.10.11 M Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Automatic
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This legendary Fortis watch has been subjected to some of the most rigorous endurance tests ever conducted and has been officially certified by Fortis for manned space flight. Dr. Ulf Merbold, a German physicist and astronaut, first wore the Official Cosmonauts Chronograph in deep space during the joint German/Russian Euromir space mission, and the watch continues to be a familiar sight on the ISS space station today.

Fortis space-proven timepieces have already made over 98,000 orbits of the earth, and are well on their way to 100,000 orbits with Fortis watches on the wrists of the current International Space Station crew. In a future world where people like Colonel Gaff are orbiting the earth in a sophisticated battle station designed to train young warriors like Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, it is likely that these space travelers will be wearing Fortis watches as well.

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