Fortis B-47 Big Black Limited Edition Swiss Watches

Besides the new Spacematic 2012 automatic timekeeper, at Baselworld 2011 the Swiss watchmaker will also present a less mundane-looking Fortis B-47 Big Black limited edition (ref. 675.18.81 K) watch.




As you can see on the image below, the watch is equipped with a semi-transparent dial that offers a good view at the pair of rotating disks.

One of them features a bilingual English/German day indication and the other has 31 numerals for the Big Date indicator.

Fortis B-47 Big Black Limited Edition automatic watch

The watch is powered by a standard ETA 2836-2 with an additional Fortis module that offers only the simplest calendar functions. That means that you will have to manually correct the date representation every month, which is shorter than 31 days, and is a bummer.

The movement is placed inside a large stainless steel case with matte black PVD coating. Thanks to its impressive diameter of 47 millimeters and a huge setting crown, the watch looks quite slender, although its case is clearly of average height.

As far as I understand, the hour and minutes hands are not skeletonized, but are made of transparent glass with some white Superluminova on their edges. The central second hand also has its tip painted with white lume.

The prominent hour indexes, as well as the triangles at 9 and 3 o’clock are painted with black Superluminova, which makes the watch look really cool at nights, but, regrettably, will hinder the ref. 675.18.81 K’s readability not only in early evening when there is still too much ambient light for the lume to kick in, but also in broad daylight since the watch would still lack enough contrast to be read without hassle. Well, at least it looks classy and menacing as a black watch could possibly get.

Not sure about the pricing, but the Swiss watchmaker plans to limit the B-47 Big Black’s production to only 250 numbered pieces, so it definitely won’t be cheap*.




See also: Muehle Glashuette Marinus GMT

* UPDATE ON PRICE: It’s been confirmed that the watch will retail at approximately €3000 (will depend on the part of the world you live in, of course, since local taxes and custom duties vary quite a bit from one country to another), which is, to my taste, a bit too high for a watch equipped with a simple ETA 2836-2 mechanism. Of course, the limited number of watches to be produced and their unique styling somewhat increase the model’s value, but I still feel that it is way overpriced. The timekeeper’s gargantuan size, too, significantly reduces the number of people that could probably buy it since it will look ridiculously big on any, but a really large wrist.

Photos: Fortis

Fortis B-47 Big Black automatic limited edition (ref. 675.18.81 K) watch specification

Price: €3000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2836-2, 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Branded rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel, black PVD
Bezel material: Stainless steel, black PVD
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 47.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Black, transparent
Numerals: N/A
Hands: Transparent
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Black rubber
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Transparent


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