Fortis Spaceleader Chronograph Watch Collection

Fortis and Volkswagon


by John Sealander  

When Fortis Watches and Volkswagen Design join forces to create a timepiece, you can expect something spectacular.

Fortis WatchesVolkswagen, which now owns legendary names like Porsche and Bugatti, has been responsible for some of the most influential and iconic automobiles of the last century. When the award winning Volkswagen Design Group decided to collaborate with Fortis Watches to create an all-new high-tech chronograph, the watch world took notice.

The Fortis Spaceleader Chronograph by Volkswagen Design didn’t disappoint. The innovative timepiece started winning design awards before it even went on sale. In quick succession, the Spaceleader was the recipient of the coveted iF Product Design Award, the prestigious Red Dot Design Award, and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum’s Good Design Award. The basis for these high-profile awards was quite simply the watch itself.

iF Product Design Award Red Dot Design Award

By incorporating the latest automotive design concepts in this innovative new chronograph watch, Volkswagen designers managed to create something truly unique. The tactile rubber strap is completely integrated with the highly polished stainless steel case, completely covering the top portion of the slim polished bezel.

This one-of-a-kind asymmetrical design is unlike anything you have seen before. Instead of small pusher buttons, the chronograph functions are actuated using broad, flange shaped appendages on either side of a knurled winding crown. This arrangement makes it exceptionally easy to time events, even while driving. Instead of painted, luminescent hands like most watches, the entire dial glows an electric blue when dark.

The oversized 43 mm case showcases a deeply recessed ultra-modern dial with three easy-to-read sub dials, along with a convenient day-date window at 3 o’clock. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal protects the stylish display and the entire watch is water resistant to 330 feet. Powering this virtuoso design is a precision, Swiss-made ETA 7750 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve.

100 years after it was founded in Grenchen, Switzerland, Fortis continues to set the pace for other watch companies to follow. There are Fortis watches in space and Fortis watches under the sea. Now Fortis watches are winning major design awards as well. If you’d like to see how the award winning Spaceleader looks like on your wrist, contact an authorized Fortis dealer today. This outstanding limited edition won’t be available for long.

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Josh Hurley Finishes Strong Second in September 30 World Challenge Debut


Josh Hurley Finishes Second in September 30 World Challenge DebutAfter dominating the practice session at the World Challenge, Josh Hurley and the entire Fortis WatchesSim-SportAPR Motorsport crew began preparing for a run at the pole position in qualifying. Despite the best efforts of Josh and the team, they missed out on the pole but would start second.

The cars began to take their positions for the World Challenge standing start. The revs went up and when the lights went out the field scrambled. Josh was quickly able to get around some traffic and begin chasing the leading Volvo. The chase would quickly be interrupted by a full course caution as Josh’s APR Motorsport teammate was turned into the wall, necessitating a lengthy cleanup.

With the Volkswagens having less power than the Volvos, Josh knew his best chance would be to grab the lead on the restart. On a perfectly timed restart, Josh was able to put the Fortis WatchesSim-SportAPR Motorsport into the lead. It was then time to push hard! Josh was able to pull out a bit of a gap to the second place Volvo. However, as the race went on the Volvo was able to keep pace, using it’s horsepower to close while saving it’s tires.

Ride with Josh Hurley to Second Place

Josh put up a tough defense holding the Volvo off for quite a few laps. In the end the Volvo just had to much power and passed Josh on the back straight. Josh kept the chase though, and in the final laps began quickly closing on the Volvo. Unfortunately two other cars had a huge accident causing the race to end under full-course caution, preventing Josh from trying one final charge. However, Josh Hurley and the APR Motorsport team brought home a strong second place finish in their World Challenge debut.



“It was really tough out there. The Volvo’s had a bit more torque than us but the Fortis WatchesSim-SportAPR Motorsport car was really good today, and for our first time here, this result is really strong. The race was really fun though, I got to race against some really good friends of mine and it was a heck of a show,” Josh said. “I do wish the race had ended under green. I think the Volvo began having problems, as we pushed him really hard early in the race, but we’ll get them next time we see them.”

Josh Hurley Used Sim-Sport to Prepare for Atlanta

Josh Hurley Cutting his Learning Curve with his Sim-Sport Simulator to Re-Learn the Infamous and Fast Road Atlanta TrackWhile Josh routinely hits the same race tracks year to year as part of his Grand Am commitments, the World Challenge race had Josh retuning to a track that he had only been on once, and three years ago at that. Faced with the prospect of having to already learn a new series with other new things such as tires Josh decided to cut his learning curve by using his Sim-Sport simulator to re-learn the infamous and fast Road Atlanta track before hand.

“It’s amazing how good simulation technology is these days. Aaron at Sim-Sport makes some incredible products that take simulation to the next level. It really lets me hit the first lap, as if I’ve been practicing for days,” said Josh. “Plus he takes real feedback from races into his product. So if you want raise your game to the next level, or just want to experience what it’s like to be a racing driver without huge expense and travel, make sure you check out Sim-Sport!”

Fortis Watches Official Timepiece of Josh Hurley

Fortis Luxury Swiss WatchesFortis Watches is the official timepiece of Josh Hurley of the APR Motorsport Team for the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Season. Josh’s watch is the limited edition automatic black-dial Fortis Spaceleader.

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Josh Hurley to Pilot Fortis Watches MkVI Gti World Challenge Debut at Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta


Josh HurleyWhen APR Motorsport decided to enter the September 30, 2011 World Challenge race with both MkVI GTi’s, Josh Hurley jumped at the opportunity to drive one. “I’ve helped develop these cars but haven’t gotten to race one of the new one’s yet, so I’m excited to get out there,” said Josh.

“Plus this type of racing and this track really suit me. It’s going to be fun to return to sprint racing for an event. No co-driving, no pit stops, just 45 minutes of flat out racing. Last time I did that it was at Road Atlanta when I brought home a championship, so I I’m feeling pretty good about next weekend,” Josh continued.

While Josh and his Fortis WatchesPerfect PedalAPR Motorsport Volkswagen GTi will be making their World Challenge debut, both have had a proven history in Grand Am racing.

Last Time at Road Atlanta

The last time Josh ran a sprint race at Road Atlanta, was back in 2008. It was the final round of the Volkswagen TDI Cup, and Josh needed a second place finish in order to clinch the championship. After a hard fought battle, including a last lap duel, Josh was able to bring the car home in second and clinched the Volkswagen TDI Cup!


Fortis Watches Official Timepiece of Josh Hurley

Fortis WatchesFortis Watches is the official timepiece of Josh Hurley of the APR Motorsport Team for the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Season. Josh’s watch is the limited edition automatic black-dial Fortis Spaceleader.

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Bad Break for Josh Hurley and the Fortis Watch Team at Mid Ohio

The Fortis Audi S4 Flies

Josh Hurley and Fortis Watches Audi S4 at Mid-Ohio 2011As the crew unloaded the brand new Audi S4 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, you could feel the anticipation build. Josh Hurley took to the track in the new car and was instantly pleased.

Despite a few small issues the new car was flying. In the early practice days, Josh and the the Fortis WatchesPerfect PedalAPR Motorsport Audi S4 were among the leaders. In fact the lap time they set was the third fastest of the weekend.

Realizing hat the Audi had the pace, Josh Hurley and the rest of the team spent the rest of the practice sessions running on old tires to set the car up for the long run and letting Gary Gibson get some much needed time in the car.

For qualifying Gary Gibson put the car into the middle of the field, only one second off the pace, which had boded well for Josh Hurley. The whole team excitedly waited for the race to start.


Cold Start Flap Breaks

At the drop of the green flag Gary Gibson took off, passing multiple cars before the first corner. Unfortunately the good run would only last a few feet, as a cold start flap, required by the rules to be run as stock, broke, shutting off all air from the 3.0 liter motor’s supercharger. With no more boost, Gary brought the car in. The crew quickly went to work and fixed the issue; but sadly the car had lost multiple laps. The team then elected to park the car in order to better prepare it for next week’s World Challenge race.

Fortis Watches Official Timepiece of Josh Hurley

Fortis WatchesFortis Watches is the official timepiece of Josh Hurley of the APR Motorsport Team for the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Season. Josh’s watch is the limited edition automatic black-dial Fortis Spaceleader.

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Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US, Canada and Caribbean agent for Fortis Watches and the official Fortis watch repair service center. Contact us by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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