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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