The 2015 Fortis Terrestis Hedonist delivers a winning combination of elegant styling, and robust movement offered at a fairly affordable price. This is basically the watch of choice for a person who always thought about adding a Fortis to his collection, but wasn’t quite ready to get himself an “aviator” because of their massive cases, cluttered dials and, often, just way too many colors for them to be worn with business attire. Now, you finally have no excuses to backpedal on this purchase, have you?
The new Fortis Blue Horizon features an appealing color scheme with its bronze-toned dial (that the brand actually prefers to call “Metallic Brown”) nicely matched by a cognac-brown leather strap. Although the blue accents on the timekeeper’s face look a bit ahem controversial, I must admit that this is one of the dressiest “pilot’s chronographs” that the Swiss brand has ever produced. Just don’t forget to get yourself a complementary set of good brown shoes.
While the new Fortis VP-40 “Laging Handa” Patrol Squadron Forty doesn’t even try to look different from dozens of other Fortis aviation-inspired chronographs, it still offers a nice combination of a solid-built body with pleasantly massive push-pieces and setting crown, and a dial that, although looking a bit cluttered, is nevertheless easy enough to read (only if you don’t try to use the standard tachymeter scale on the bezel flange).
The Fortis B42 Marinemaster range of diving tools has recently been expanded with a Yellow Collection. Comprising an ETA Valjoux 7750-powered automatic chronograph and a more traditional-looking Fortis B-42 Marinemaster Yellow Day/Date (Ref. 670.24.14) three-hander, the collection differs from the rest of Marinemaster family only with its more jovial (and also more legible) color scheme that adds acid-bright lime accents to the bezels and dials.
The limited edition Fortis B42 Phantoms Phorever Flieger Chronograph (ref. 635.10.91 F-4F L01) pays homage to the legendary McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II: a twin-engine combat aircraft that not only ensured US air superiority in Vietnam, but also fought in many other conflicts throughout the world, including numerous Arab-Israeli wars, the Iran-Iraq War and, of course, the Falklands War.
The Swiss-based brand Fortis has just released its new Fortis Marinemaster Vintage Chronograph automatic wrist watch. Set to be shown in flesh during the upcoming Baselworld 2012 trade fair, the timekeeper pays homage to its eponymous predecessor from the 1970s. Comparing pictures of both models I must admit that they look almost identical to each other with only minor differences here and there. However, sporting a significantly less remarkable water resistance rating, the watch leaves somewhat dubious impression.
As the -enormous length of the- name of the new model explicitly states, the new limited edition Fortis F-43 Flieger Chronograph Alarm GMT (Ref. 703.20.92 LC05) is literally overstuffed with features, those including not only the usual chronograph and second time zone, but also a nice mechanical alarm module!
Besides the new Spacematic 2012 series, at Baselworld 2011 Fortis has also presented a less mundane-looking B-47 Big Black limited edition (ref. 675.18.81 K) model delivered in that trendy “Black-is-You-Know-the-New-Black” color theme.
Produced in a limited edition of 2012 pieces in white and 2012 in black, the new Fortis Spacematic 2012 will be officially presented on March 24th, 2011 at Baselworld 2011 trade show.
Fortis has revealed a blingy version of its popular B-42 automatic “aviator”. The 2011 Fortis B-42 Stratoliner Chronograph Limited Edition (Ref. 665.13.19 L.01) is available in a medium-sized black PVD-coated stainless steel case and features lots of 18-karat solid(!) rose gold elements not only on its dial and case but even on the fixed bezel with the inevitable tachymeter scale.