Fortis 655.18.12 Men’s Nocturnal Watch

Fortis Nocturnal - 655.18.12


by John Sealander  

It’s about time a watchmaker saw the light about night visibility.

Fortis WatchesOne of the reasons that Fortis timepieces have always been favored by pilots, sailors, adventurers, and even astronauts is that for over 100 years, Fortis has been dedicated to meeting the needs of working professionals. When you depend on a watch as a professional timing tool instead of just wearing it as a fashion accessory, one of the things you need the most is perfect legibility under any conditions.

The impressive Fortis Nocturnal solves the age-old problem of night visibility in an entirely new way. Instead of painting the hands and indices with a luminous material, Fortis has found a way to light up the entire dial. To provide maximum visibility at night, the entire dial of the 42 mm Fortis Nocturnal has been coated with a white Superluminova material that has a highly visible green afterglow at night. This innovative alternative to faintly glowing hands and numbers, provides you with a brightly lit dial that is as easy to read at midnight as it is at noon.

Fortis 655.18.12 Nocturnal
Fortis 655.18.12 Nocturnal
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The combination of unprecedented night visibility with a large, clearly marked dial makes the Fortis Nocturnal an ideal timepiece for pilots, aviators, and other professionals. Everything about this watch, from the large skeletonized sword hands, to the 24-hour scale on the chapter ring, to the oversized day and date windows with convenient directional setting arrows, was designed to make this superb timing tool as easy-to-use and read as possible.

The Fortis Nocturnal is powered by a precision Swiss made ETA 2836-2 automatic movement that has been encased in a rugged black PVD coated stainless steel case that is water resistant to 669 feet. The scratch resistant sapphire crystal is coated on both sides with a special anti-reflective material to eliminate reflections and glare. There is an exhibition back so you can see the intricate movement at work, and even a bilingual day indicator that allows you to read the day in English or German.

Fortis 655.18.12 Nocturnal

Key features:

  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Black PVD coated tainless steel case, diameter 42 mm, 12.5 mm thickness
  • White dial coated with white Superluminova with green afterglow, numbers and indices colored in black, bilingual English and German day and date display, exhibition caseback
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless-steel bezel
  • Black rubber band, width 19.5 mm, deployment clasp with double push button safety
  • Leather band and PVD metal bracelet options available
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty


To configure this amazing timepiece to meet your own personal needs, the Fortis Nocturnal can be fitted with your choice of a premium topstitched leather strap, a leather performance strap, a beautiful black PVD coated stainless steel bracelet, or a comfortable black caoutchouc band. Like all Fortis timepieces, the Nocturnal is presented in a beautiful leather box and carries a two-year manufacturer warranty.

If you’re tired of being in the dark whenever the light grows dim, you need a Fortis Nocturnal on your wrist. The Nocturnal is a great aviator style timepiece at any time of day, but after dark, it really begins to shine. When you’re ready to see the light, just contact an authorized Fortis dealer and ask to see the Nocturnal.

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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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Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow Men’s Chronograph


by Adrian Herscovici  

New Stripes for an Enduring Classic

Fortis WatchesOne thing that gets some collectors excited is a new variation of a favorite watch. Fresh colors have the ability to revitalize a design and breathe contemporary air into a classic look. The latest version of the Fortis B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph mixes black and yellow – a popular color combination found in nature, in fashion and in design the world over, not to mention in watch collections from brands both large and small.

Buy Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow ChronographLike other watches in the Marinemaster collection, the B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph is built for life. It starts with a stalwart movement: the ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic, a benchmark among chronographs and veritable pillar of Swiss precision and reliability.

The rugged three-part case is constructed of brushed stainless steel and measures 42 mm in diameter. The unidirectional turning bezel is both a visual and functional highlight: the combination of black and yellow is eye-catching, while the deep scalloped edges provide good grip for turning, especially underwater, where the watch is water resistant to a depth of 660 feet. There is more to the bezel: unlike most dive bezels, this one makes a full turn in 120 increments, meaning it is adjustable in half-minute steps. The pip positioned on the bezel at 12 o’clock is luminous and has a blue afterglow.

Functional aspects of this Marinemaster do not end there. The crown is substantial enough to grip and is personalized with the Fortis logo; the chrono pushers are firmly inset and well protected. Adding to the watch’s water resistance is a screw-down caseback, which is embossed with a historic Fortis motif. On the front, anti-reflective sapphire crystal provides a clear and scratch-resistant pane.

To a novice, the dial of the Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph watch might seem crowded, but it is actually clear and easy to read thanks to the sharp contrast between the white, yellow and black elements. The layout of the sub-dials is based on the Valjoux 7750 movement with a 30-minute totalizer at 12 o’clock, a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and running seconds at 9 o’clock. These stand out next to the yellow hour numerals. Toward the outside of the dial is the minute-and-second track as well as a tachymeter scale, which is positioned on the angled flange. The hands, hour markers and indices are all coated with Super-Luminova, which glows blue in the dark. The central chronograph seconds hand also has a luminous circle half way up the hand.

A tidy set-up on the dial at 3 o’clock includes the Fortis logo as well as the day and date. Both stand out well on white backgrounds. Changing the day or date is a breeze on this watch because the two arrowheads on either side of the day and date windows – one facing down and one facing up – indicate which direction the wearer should turn the crown to make quick adjustments. They might seem superfluous, but the arrowheads are convenient reminders and, in design terms, echo the shape of the traditional arrowhead index at 12 o’clock – which appears in deference to Fortis’s aviation style watches.

Since the B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph is a seagoing watch at heart, Fortis mounts the watch on a black rubber strap that fastens by way of a brushed steel folding clasp featuring the Fortis logo. But there are options to mix it up; namely, a black leather strap or steel bracelet.

Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow Men’s Chronograph

Buy Fortis 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Yellow ChronographKey features:

  • ETA Valjoux 7750 Swiss automatic movement, 25 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour
  • Chronograph, day and date functions
  • Brushed 3-part stainless steel case, diameter 42 mm
  • Black dial, yellow Arabic numerals, luminous hands and hour markers, tachymeter
  • Broad fluted stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel in black / yellow
  • Individually numbered screw-down case back, embossed with historic Fortis motif
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Rubber strap, brushed stainless steel folding clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

The Fortis Mens 671.24.14 K B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph watch in yellow and black is a vibrant rendering of an enduring classic. Contact an authorized Fortis dealer to add one to a collection that already includes a Marinemaster, or own one for the first time in this highly desirable color palette.

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Fortis Mens 710.10.37 M – F-43 Jumping Hour Watch


by Adrian Herscovici  

A Most Venerable Watch Complication Renewed

Fortis WatchesAnalog watches tell time by way of hands that move in a circular motion. A “jump hour” complication replaces the traditional hour hand with a window through which the numerical hour is displayed. When the hour advances, the window (or the disc below it) makes an instant jump to the current hour.

Jump hour watches are not only appealing from a horological point of view; they are also functional, because reading the time using this configuration is unambiguous. In the hands of skilled watchmakers, the jump hour complication also presents opportunities to conceive of new and interesting arrangements such as the Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets timepiece, introduced last year.

This year, at Baselworld 2013, Fortis introduced its latest jump hour model – the F-43 Jumping Hour – a watch that highlights the complication with artful simplicity. Like the B-47 before it, the F-43 Jumping Hours houses the Fortis F-2024 automatic movement, comprised of a highly modified ETA base with the jump hour mechanism added entirely by Fortis. A small portion of these components are visible through the dial; a wider view of the movement is visible through the glass caseback. The F-2024 employs 21 jewels and an Incabloc shock absorber. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

Fortis Mens 710.10.37 M – F-43 Jumping Hour Watch
Fortis Mens 710.10.37 M - F-43 Jumping Hour Watch
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But the dial is where the spectacle of the jump hour complication plays out. A matte-textured, smoky-gray disc covers a better part of the dial. Through its translucent surface, Arabic hour numerals appear on the dial plate below. The current hour is displayed through the circular aperture on the disc. When the hour changes the gray disc rotates clockwise, while the centrally mounted minute hand continues its customary rotation around the dial. Design details include chrome hour markers as well as a thin chrome frame around the aperture.

The watch’s two-part case is 43 mm in diameter and made of brushed stainless steel. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating applied to both sides protects the dial side of the watch; the caseback screws down adding to the watch’s water resistance to a depth of 656 feet. The large crown is characteristic of many Fortis Space and Aviation models and features the Fortis logo. Each watch in this 500 piece limited edition is individually numbered on the caseback.

The neutral tones of the F-43 Jumping Hour are well suited to either a bracelet or strap, but the matching brushed-steel bracelet shown here is the most robust choice with its thick triple-link construction and folding clasp.

Fortis Mens 710.10.37 M – F-43 Jumping Hour Watch

List Price: $5,025

Key features:

  • Fortis caliber F-2024 Swiss automatic movement, 21 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour
  • Unique “jumping hour” complication
  • Two-part brushed stainless steel case, diameter 43 mm
  • Glass dial, rotating matte-textured smoky-gray disc, chrome indices and window frame
  • Exhibition screw-down glass case back reveals the watch movement
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on both sides
  • Robust brushed stainless steel bracelet, triple-link construction, traditional folding clasp
  • Limited edition of 500 pieces, individually numbered
  • Water resistant to 656 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

To wear the Fortis F-43 Jumping Hour is to find renewed enthusiasm for a novel watch complication. It’s a highly functional departure from the everyday way of reading time, and it will spark curiosity as much as it delights. Act now, before all 500 pieces are gone.

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