Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady Flieger Watch


by John Sealander  

The Fortis Amelia Earhart Would Have Wanted

Fortis WatchesAviator style timepieces have been popular with adventurous men ever since pilots started wearing them. These big, bold watches are both practical and stylish with their large, readable displays and durable construction. Fortis, who makes some of the worlds most popular and well-respected aviation timepieces, wondered why more women weren’t wearing pilot’s watches and quickly discovered the answer. They were simply too large for most women’s wrists.

Buy Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady FliegerTo rectify the situation, Fortis introduced the new Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady Flieger. This superlative aviator timepiece is everything you’ve always loved about Fortis pilot’s watches in a slightly smaller size that is perfectly proportioned for a woman’s wrist. The impressive Lady Flieger 621.10.12 M features the same, easy-to-read dial with simple bar indices and clear legible numbers that made larger Fortis aviator watches so popular with pilots and astronauts.

This beautifully crafted 35 mm timepiece features a three-hand configuration with Superluminova sword hands and a convenient date window at three o’clock. The substantial stainless steel case is water resistant to an impressive 660 feet has been fitted with an integral solid stainless steel bracelet secured with a convenient fold-over clasp. Dove grey numbers provide the perfect contrast for a lustrous silver dial that is protected by an anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

This superlative lady aviator is powered by an automatic, twenty-one jewel, Swiss made 2892 A2 mechanical movement, augmented with a fine timing device. This highly accurate and reliable movement is found in some of the world’s most prestigious watches and brands.

Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady Flieger Watch

Buy Fortis 621.10.12 M Lady FliegerKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 35 mm, 11 mm thickness
  • Silver dial, Superluminova luminous color with date window
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless-steel bezel
  • Grey stainless steel band, width 19 mm, fold over clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

If you’ve always liked the idea of wearing a pilot’s watch, but found they were just too big for your wrist, the wait is over. The exciting, and beautifully crafted Fortis Lady Flieger 621.10.12 M is everything you’ve been looking for and it’s already cleared for takeoff on your wrist. To acquire one of these beauties, contact an authorized Fortis dealer immediately and ask to see the Lady Flieger 621.10.12 M.

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Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Big Day Date Watch


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Fortis WatchesGermany’s aircraft developers commissioned the popular and beautifully constructed Flieger watch, German for flight, during World War II for German bomber pilots. Also known as Beobachtungs-Uhren or navigators watches, they had to meet stringent standards for visibility, durability and accuracy. Despite the less than auspicious reasons for the creation of the Flieger watch, it resulted in a functional timepiece of enduring design.

Buy Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Big Day Date WatchThe Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Big Day Date, produced in a limited edition of 2,012 pieces, is a modern interpretation of the original Flieger watch, incorporating all of its best elements while accommodating it for civilians. According to German specs, two dial configurations were acceptable. The Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger is inspired by the Type A, which has a much cleaner layout. Large illuminated white Arabic numerals sit on a black sunray embellished dial surrounded by a white baton minute track that also references the time in 24-hour increments. The Fortis emblem and crown are situated below the 12 o’clock position.

Characteristic of all pilot watches (and really a must), the Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger uses an illuminated triangular marker surrounded by two illuminated dots to represent 12 o’clock. The reason for this original design choice was so pilots could orient the watch at night. While some Flieger watches update the hands, the Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger keeps the illuminated sword shaped configuration with the hour hand thicker to differentiate it from the minutes hand. Fortis added a convenient modern touch to the dial with the big day at 9 o’clock and date at 3 o’clock. Mirroring the triangle at 12 o’clock, another resides along side the date, which works for both functionality and aesthetic purposes.

The Flieger watches used by the German bomber pilots were huge, clocking in at 55 mm. This was because they housed hand wound pocket watch movements. This size worked because a larger movement gave more space on the dial, which translated into more visibility, but also because the watches had to strap over a bulky flight suit and not get lost in the material.

Since a 55 mm watch is not realistic or practical for daily wear, Fortis placed the F-43 Flieger 700.10.81 L.01 in a 43 mm stainless steel case that hits the sweet spot for contemporary watches. A black calfskin strap with contrast stitching attaches to the case and secures with a deployant push button clasp.

One of the most crucial elements of a pilots watch was accuracy. Known for their robust and precise movements, Fortis placed a Swiss automatic movement with a shock absorber in the Fortis F-43 Flieger 700.10.81 L.01, which is on display through the exhibition caseback. As moisture is one of the most dangerous enemies of a movement, the watch is water resistant to 660 feet.

Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Limited Edition Big Day Date Watch

Buy Fortis 700.10.81 L.01 F-43 Flieger Big Day Date WatchKey features:

  • Swiss made timepiece
  • Limited edition of 2,012 pieces
  • Swiss automatic self-wind movement
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 43 mm, 13 mm thickness
  • Black sunray dial, bilingual (English/German) day and date window
  • Exhibition caseback
  • Shock absorber function
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless-steel bezel
  • Black calfskin band, width 20 mm, push button deployment clasp
  • Water resistant to 660 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

At the end of their tenure, German bombers had to give back their Fliegers to the Luftwaffe. Luckily you don’t have to do that with the Fortis F-43 Flieger 700.10.81 L.01. It’s yours to keep. Purchased your Fortis F-43 Flieger from an authorized Fortis dealer.

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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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Louis Erard 31218 AA 21 – 1931 Moon Phase Watch and Matching Cufflinks


by Meehna Goldsmith  

Louis Erard WatchesThe name Louis Erard might not be immediately recognizable to those not entrenched in the watch world. The brand flies a bit below the radar, but this is a good thing because now you can be let in on a secret not too many people know about. Louis Erard makes great Swiss watches and they have been doing it under their own name since 1931. While the majority of watch houses put resources into quartz movements, Louis Erard made the decision to make house only mechanical movements, putting the mechanics center stage.

Louis Erard 31218 AA 21 – 1931 Moon Phase
Louis Erard 31218 AA 21 1931 Moon Phase
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The Louis Erard 1931 Men’s Moon Phase watch and cufflinks combination pays homage to our glowing orb in the night sky. In a nice-sized 42 mm stainless steel case, the 1931 Men’s Moon Phase watch features a silver-toned dial with a glorious yellow moon against a starry background at 6 o’clock. While the eye pulls towards the shapely crescents of the moonphase, its design doesn’t overwhelm the composition. Time ticks away on blued hands circling Arabic numerals and dagger hour indexes plus a blued seconds hand with a moon-crescent at its tip.

Louis Erard MK BM AA 02 – 1931 Moon Phase Cufflinks
Louis Erard MK BM AA 02 1931 Moon Phase Cufflinks
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The Louis Erard 1931 Men’s Moon Phase is more than just its name implies. In addition, the timepiece also incorporates a calendar with a day and month window sitting side by side underneath 12 o’clock and a blued pointer index circling the dial to indicate the date. The black leather strap with folding clasp that complements the silvery dial secures the watch to the wrist. This watch is not only classy and well-designed, it’s also very functional.

True to the Louis Erard philosophy, the 1931 Men’s Moon Phase runs on an automatic ETA 2824 calibre with Dubois Dépraz 9000 complication. The mechanics can be seen on view through the sapphire crystal caseback.

Louis Erard 31218 AA 21 – 1931 Men’s Moon Phase Watch

Key Features:

  • Special edition Swiss made timepiece with matching cufflinks available
  • Swiss ETA 2824 automatic calibre movement, Dubois Dépraz 9000 complication
  • Stainless steel case, diameter 42 mm, transparent caseback
  • Silver toned dial, day and date window at 12 o’clock, moon phases at 6 o’clock
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Black leather strap, steel folding clasp
  • Delivered in special box with seal, wax and vintage stationary
  • Water resistant to 165 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

Putting icing on the cake, the Louis Erard 1931 Men’s Moon Phase watch comes with matching steel cufflinks composed of central moonphases under mineral glass. This special edition duo comes in a beautiful presentation box. Purchase your Louis Erard timepiece from an authorized Louis Erard dealer.

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