Sie sind auf Seite 1von 35

PIONEERING SPIRIT OF FORTIS

E D I T I O N 01 / 14

SPACE

11 B-42 Official Cosmonauts

12 Titan Black

14 Spacematic

AVIATION

24 F-43 Silver

28 B-43 Black

32 B-42 Chrono Alarm Steel

33

34 Flieger Classic 40mm

37 Flieger Cockpit

38 Ladies Flieger

39 Ladies Square

B-42 Black PVD

MARITIME

44 B-42 Steel Black/Silver

45 B-42 Black/Yellow

47 B-42 Diver/White

EDITION

50 Frisson

53 Big Steel/Big Black

54 Worldtimer

56 Jumping Hour

57 Mysterious Planets

58 Vintage

60 PC-7 Team

61 Phantom F-4F

AWARDS

HISTORY
1956

Swiss Chronometer Award Manager Alarm

1988

iF product design award Logo Swiss Edition Blaupunkt

iF product design award Fever Collection

1994

GCTC Space Diploma, issued by the Yu. A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

1995

World height record in a MiG-25 PU, A. Garnaev Official Cosmonauts & Flieger Chronograph

2001

Medal of Honor Star of the Blue Planet

2002

World height record in a helicopter, Fred North B-42 Pilot Professional Chronograph

2004

AWARD-Winner of the first European Aviation Watch Award

1912

Foundation of Fortis Uhren AG in Grenchen, Switzerland.

1926

Series production of the worlds first self-winding wristwatch, the legendary HARWOOD.

1987

Fortis sets a worldwide trend with its FLIEGER Automatic Chronograph.

1994

FORTIS Official Cosmonauts Chronograph becomes official watch of Russian Space Program.

1995

World altitude record of 30480 meter in a MIG-25 PU.

1998

Fortis produces the worlds first Automatic Chronograph with integrated, mechanical Alarm.

2002

World altitude record of 12954 meter in a helicopter.

2004

AWARD-Winner of the first European Aviation Watch Award.

2008

Successful world premiere of the GTS signal reception.

2011

Official crew watch of the Mars 500 mission.

2012

100th anniversary- presentation of the worlds first FLIEGER Chronograph Alarm GMT Chronometer.

2014

Since 20 years in space and has therefore spent longer in zero gravity than any other watch brand,

with over 100,000 orbits.

2007 Golden Balance Wheel 2nd, Uhrenmagazin & Focus FLIEGER Chronograph Alarm Platin
2008

Best Brands 3rd, Flugrevue Aviation watches

Longlife Design Award FLIEGER Chronograph

2009 Good Design Award SPACELEADER Chronograph


Best Brands 2nd, Aerokurier Aviation watches

2010

Chrono Award 2nd, AUSTRIA trend & Format B-42 FLIEGER Black Chronograph Alarm

iF product design award SPACELEADER Chronograph

red dot design award, honourable mention SPACELEADER Chronograph

2011 German Design Award, Nominee SPACELEADER Chronograph


2012

red dot design award, honourable mention B-47 BIG Black

German Design Award, Nominee SPACELEADER Chronograph

2013 CHRONO AWARD, Austria Premium Class F-43 FLIEGER Alarm GMT Certified Chronometer

SPACE
The fascination of space.
Our Official-Cosmonauts watches have been part of the
standard equipment of Russian cosmonauts since 1994.
Having flown over 100,000 orbits, Fortis has
most likely spent more time in space than any other
watch brand. As a sign of our expertise and constant
advancement, the Cosmonauts models bear the
national emblem of the Russian Federal Space Agency
on their solid casebacks.

B-42 OFFICIAL COSMONAUTS CHRONOGRAPH


Each Cosmonauts watch undergoes individual tests for
water and pressure resistance under extreme conditions. The cases are made of 316L stainless steel or
titanium and therefore fulfil all requirements for space
travel, i.e. minimum weight and maximum functionality.
The sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both
sides is part of the basic configuration, which provides
perfect legibility at all times.

FORTIS B-42
OFFICIAL COSMONAUTS
CHRONOGRAPH
638.10.11

B-42 OFFICIAL COSMONAUTS

42 mm case diameter
Steel case, titanium case or
titanium case PVD black
Water-resistant 20 bar
Sapphire crystal, with antireflective
coating on both sides
Pusher protection
Unidirectional turning bezel
Engraved with the logos of Russian
space authorities.
Automatic Swiss movement
OFFICIAL COSMONAUTS
CHRONOGRAPH in the ISS

B-42 OFFICIAL COSMONAUTS

B-42 OFFICIAL COSMONAUTS TITAN

B-42 OFFICIAL COSMONAUTS

DAY/DATE

DAY/DATE

CHRONOGRAPH

647.10.11. K

647.27.11. M

638.10.11. LC.01

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Titanium case, normal sapphire crystal, titani-

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

green afterglow

um crown with rubber coating, Superluminova

green afterglow

luminous colour in white, green afterglow

11

TITAN BLACK

42 mm case diameter
Steel case, titanium case or
titanium case PVD black
Water-resistant 20 bar
Sapphire crystal, with antireflective
coating on both sides
Pusher protection
Unidirectional turning bezel
Engraved with the logos of Russian
space authorities.
Automatic Swiss movement

12

B-42 BLACK MARS 500

B-42 BLACK MARS 500

DAY/DATE

CHRONOGRAPH

B-42 BLACK/BLACK DAY/DATE

B-42 BLACK

B-42 BLACK

DAY/DATE

CHRONGRAPH

647.28.71. L.01

638.28.71. LC.01

647.28.81. K
647.28.13. Si.19

638.28.13. L.13
Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,

Limited Edition 500 pcs.,

Titanium case PVD black, numerals and

Titanium case PVD black,

Titanium case PVD black,

Titanium case PVD black, Superluminova

Titanium case PVD black,

indices with Superluminova luminous colour

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

luminous colour in orange, orange afterglow

Superluminova luminous colour in orange,

in black, skeleton hands with Superluminova

blue afterglow

blue afterglow

orange afterglow

luminous colour in white, blue afterglow

13

SPACEMATIC

40 mm case diameter
Steel case
Water-resistant 10 bar
Sapphire crystal
(optional sapphire crystal with
antireflective coating on both sides)
Automatic Swiss movement

14

SPACEMATIC

SPACEMATIC

SPACEMATIC CLASSIC WHITE

SPACEMATIC CLASSIC BLACK

DAY/DATE

DAY/DATE

DAY/DATE

DAY/DATE

623.10.41. L.01

623.10.42. N.39

623.10.37. Si.10

623.10.38. Si.02

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.

Dial covered with Superluminova luminous

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Dial covered with Superluminova luminous

colour in white, blue afterglow

blue afterglow

green afterglow

colour in white, blue afterglow

15

SPACEMATIC

40 mm case diameter
Steel case
Water-resistant 10 bar
Sapphire crystal
(optional sapphire crystal with
antireflective coating on both sides)
Automatic Swiss movement

16

SPACEMATIC BLACK-RED

SPACEMATIC WHITE-RED

SPACEMATIC PILOT PROFESSIONAL

SPACEMATIC BLACK PILOT PROFESSIONAL

DAY/DATE

DAY/DATE

DAY/DATE

DAY/DATE

623.10.51. Si.01

623.10.52. M

623.10.71. N.11

623.18.71. N.01

Open rotating day and date discs exposed,

Open rotating day and date discs exposed,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Steel case PVD black,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

green afterglow

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

blue afterglow

blue afterglow

green afterglow

17

AVIATION
Our highly precise watches, developed in collaboration
with aerospace specialist, feature perfect legibility,
robust elegance and perfect functionality.
Withstanding extreme pressure and limit-pushing acceleration, our Flieger and Pilot models are the standard
watches chosen and used by professionals.
The continuous improvement and upgrading of our
models is reflected in the unique profile and character
of the watches.

F-43 FLIEGER CHRONOGRAPH ALARM GMT SILVER


Sporty yet elegant, this globally unique, certified timekeeper is a masterpiece of Swiss watchmaking heritage. The combination of an automatic chronograph
and a mechanical alarm mechanism sets ambitious
technical challenges.
Existing of more than 500 micromechanical parts, including the new Fortis Alarm GMT calibre F-2012 and
a complex dial, this watch is our opus magnum and the
culmination of over 100 years of expertise.
FORTIS F-43 FLIEGER
CHRONOGRAPH
ALARM GMT
703.20.92

F-43 SILVER

43 mm case diameter
Highly polished steel case with
glass caseback
Water-resistant 20 bar
(Alarm version water-resistant 5 bar)
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Automatic Swiss movement

24

F-43 FLIEGER

F-43 FLIEGER

F-43 FLIEGER

F-43 FLIEGER

BIG DAY/DATE

CHRONOGRAPH

CHRONOGRAPH ALARM

CHRONOGRAPH ALARM GMT

700.20.92. Si.05

701.20.92. M

702.20.92. LC.01

703.20.92. LC.05

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,

Limited Edition 300 pcs.,

Limited Edition 100 pcs.,

Big day and date indication, Superluminova

Superluminova luminous colour in green,

Certified chronometer, Mechanical Alarm

Certified chronometer, GMT indication, two

luminous colour in green, green afterglow

green afterglow

function, ON/OFF indication

power reserve indications, AM/PM indication

25

F-43 FLIEGER CHRONOGRAPH ALARM GMT BLACK


Sporty yet elegant, this globally unique, certified timekeeper is a masterpiece of Swiss watchmaking heritage. The combination of an automatic chronograph
and a mechanical alarm mechanism sets ambitious
technical challenges.
Existing of more than 500 micromechanical parts, including the new Fortis Alarm GMT calibre F-2012 and
a complex dial, this watch is our opus magnum and the
culmination of over 100 years of expertise.
FORTIS F-43 FLIEGER
CHRONOGRAPH
ALARM GMT, DIAL BLACK
703.10.11

F-43 BLACK

43 mm case diameter
Steel case with glass caseback
Water-resistant 20 bar
(Alarm version water-resistant 5 bar)
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Automatic Swiss movement

28

F-43 FLIEGER

F-43 FLIEGER

F-43 FLIEGER

F-43 FLIEGER

DAY/DATE

CHRONOGRAPH

CHRONOGRAPH ALARM

CHRONOGRAPH ALARM GMT

700.10.81. L.01

701.10.81. K

702.10.81. LC.01

703.10.11. LC.01

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,

Limited Edition 300 pcs.,

Limited Edition 100 pcs.,

Big day and date indication, Superluminova

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Certified chronometer, Mechanical Alarm

Certified chronometer, GMT indication,

luminous colour in white, green afterglow

green afterglow

function, ON/OFF indication

daytime white, nighttime black, two power


reserve indications, AM/PM indication

29

B-42 CHRONO ALARM STEEL

42 mm case diameter
Steel case with glass caseback
Water-resistant 20 bar
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Automatic Swiss movement

32

B-42 BLACK PVD

B-42 FLIEGER

B-42 PILOT PROFESSIONAL

B-42 FLIEGER BLACK

B-42 FLIEGER BLACK

B-42 FLIEGER BLACK

CHRONOGRAPH ALARM

CHRONOGRAPH ALARM

DAY/DATE

CHRONOGRAPH

CHRONOGRAPH ALARM

657.10.11. L.16

636.22.11. M

655.18.81. L.01

656.18.81. K

657.18.11. LC.01

Limited Edition 300 pcs.

Mechanical Alarm function, ON/OFF indi-

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,

Limited Edition 500 pcs.,

Certified chronometer, Mechanical Alarm

cation, flange with alarm-scale

Steel case PVD black, Superluminova lumi-

Steel case PVD black, Superluminova lumi-

Certified chronometer, steel case PVD black,

nous colour in white, green afterglow

nous colour in white, green afterglow

Mechanical Alarm function, ON/OFF indication

function, ON/OFF indication

33

FLIEGER CLASSIC 40 mm

40 mm case diameter
Steel case (optional glass caseback)
Water-resistant 20 bar (Chrono
ver-sion water-resistant 10 bar)
Sapphire crystal
(optional sapphire crystal with antireflective coating on both sides)
Pusher protection
Automatic Swiss movement

34

FLIEGER

FLIEGER

FLIEGER

FLIEGER

PILOT PROFESSIONAL

DATE

CHRONOGRAPH

CHRONOGRAPH

CHRONOGRAPH

CHRONOGRAPH

595.11.41. L

597.11.11. L

597.20.71. M

597.20.92. LC.01

597.22.11. LC.01

Dial in typical Aviation design,

Dial in typical Aviation design,

Limited Edition 500 pcs.,

Limited Edition 500 pcs.

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in green,

Superluminova luminous colour in green,

Superluminova luminous colour in green,

Superluminova luminous colour in green,

green afterglow

green afterglow

green afterglow

green afterglow

green afterglow

35

FLIEGER COCKPIT

FLIEGER COCKPIT

FLIEGER COCKPIT

FLIEGER COCKPIT

DATE

DATE

DATE

595.11.14. M

595.11.13. L.01

595.11.16. N.11

Dial in typical cockpit-instrumental design,

Dial in typical cockpit-instrumental design,

Dial in typical cockpit-instrumental design,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

green afterglow

green afterglow

green afterglow

37

LADIES SQUARE

LADIES FLIEGER

34 mm case diameter
Highly polished Steel case
Water-resistant 20 bar,
Mineral crystal
Automatic Swiss movement

38

FLIEGER LADY WHITE

FLIEGER LADY BLACK

DATE

DATE

621.10.12. M

621.10.91. L.02

Superluminova luminous colour in green,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

green afterglow

green afterglow

26 x 26 mm case dimension
Highly polished steel case
Water-resistant 5 bar
Sapphire crystal
Automatic Swiss movement

SQUARE SL

SQUARE SL

DATE

DATE

629.20.71. Si.01

629.20.72. M

Indices and hands in rhodanised silver

Indices and hands in rhodanised silver

39

MARITIME
The Marinemaster models provide the best that a sports
watch has to offer guaranteed water resistance up
to 20 bar, a superior crown system, virtually unrivalled
time display clarity, and superluminova luminous
indicators. The Fortis Marinemaster Automatic was on
board during the Atlantic Rowing Race 2009 one of
the toughest Atlantic crossings.

B-42 MARINEMASTER CHRONOGRAPH


At first glance, it is easy to see that the Marinemaster
is a sports watch. The three-part case catches the eye
with its distinctive sports bezel, while the double-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal ensures that the dial
can be easily read in any lighting conditions. With its
striking design, unidirectional rotating diving bezel and
generously proportioned pusher, this watch can also be
operated underwater with accurate results.
FORTIS B-42
MARINEMASTER
CHRONO
671.17.41

B-42 STEEL BLACK/SILVER

42 mm case diameter
Steel case with submarine embossed
on caseback
Water-resistant 20 bar
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Pusher protection
Unidirectional turning bezel
Automatic Swiss movement

44

B-42 BLACK/YELLOW

B-42 MARINEMASTER

B-42 MARINEMASTER

B-42 MARINEMASTER YELLOW

B-42 MARINEMASTER YELLOW

DAY/DATE

CHRONOGRAPH

DAY/DATE

CHRONOGRAPH

670.17.41. K

671.17.41. Si.20

670.24.14. M

671.24.14. M

Diving time scale in black/silver,

Diving time scale in black/silver,

Diving time scale in black/yellow,

Diving time scale in black/yellow,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

blue afterglow

blue afterglow.

blue afterglow

blue afterglow

45

B42 DIVER/WHITE

42 mm case diameter
Steel Titanium case
Water-resistant 20 bar
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Pusher protection
Unidirectional turning bezel
Automatic Swiss movement

46

B-42 DIVER TITANIUM

B-42 MARINEMASTER WHITE

DAY/DATE

DAY/DATE

647.29.41. M

647.11.42. SI.02

Titanium case with Diving time scale in black/

Diving time scale in silver colour,

silver, normal sapphire crystal, Super-luminova

Dial covered with Superluminova luminous

luminous colour in white, blue afterglow

colour in white, blue afterglow

47

EDITIONS
Limited editions and sophisticated designs.
The various design awards won by Fortis editions speak
for themselves. Renowned artists and designers have
been involved in creating our watches. The clear,
unique design of our watches combines a breathtaking
appearance with unfailing functionality.

reddot design award

honourable mention 2012

FRISSON

I wanted the FRISSON watch to have


an intriguing quality, something different. Frosting the glass face gives a
surprising element.
The wearer is encouraged to physically touch and interact with the glass
as wiping their wet finger over or
breathing upon the frosted glass will
bring total clarity! Rolf Sachs

40 mm case diameter
Transparent mineral crystal with
frosted look, silicone strap
The dial and hands are visible
for a moment when the glass is
moistened.
Automatic Swiss movement

50

FRISSON
by Rolf Sachs
595.11.82. Si.29
Limited Edition 999 pcs.,
Rolf Sachs logo on the dial

51

BIG STEEL / BIG BLACK

47 mm case diameter
Water-resistant 20 bar
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Unidirectional turning bezel with
black rubber inlay
Dial in dark polycarbonate
Big day and date indication
Automatic Swiss movement

BIG STEEL

BIG BLACK

675.10.81. M

675.18.81. K

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,

Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,

Steel case, dial indices with Superluminova

Stainless steel case PVD black, dial indices

luminous colour in black, skeleton hands

with Superluminova luminous colour in black,

with Superluminova luminous colour in white,

skeleton hands with Superluminova luminous

blue afterglow

colour in white, blue afterglow

53

WORLDTIMER

47 mm case diameter
Steel case high polished
Water-resistant 20 bar
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Time zone adjustable
Big date function with additional
Fortis module
Automatic Swiss movement

54

B-47 WORLDTIMER GMT


674.21.11. K
Limited Edition 2012 pcs.,
Bidirectional turning bezel with 24 city names,
24-hour scaled rotating disc which shows
the northern hemisphere, also adjustable as a
second timezone/GMT.

56

JUMPING HOUR

MYSTERIOUS PLANETS

43 mm case diameter
Steel case
Water-resistant 20 bar
Hour indication through jumping
hour disc with round dial opening
centre minute hand
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Automatic Swiss movement

47 mm case diameter
Steel case high polished
Water-resistant 20 bar
5 windows (representing the 5
planets closest to the sun)
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Unique hour indication with jumping
hour disc, time visible through
5 windows in the jumping disc.
Automatic Swiss movement

F-43 JUMPING HOUR

F-43 JUMPING HOUR BLACK

710.10.37. M

710.20.33. L.01

Limited Edition 500 pcs.,

Limited Edition 500 pcs.,

Brushed steel case, turning dial in grey poly-

Polished steel case, turning dial in black with

carbonate with rhodanized hand

rhodanized hand

MYSTERIOUS PLANETS

MYSTERIOUS PLANETS

677.20.31. K

677.20.35. Si.05

Limited Edition 500 pcs.,

Limited Edition 500 pcs.,

Dial in black lacquer colour with rhodanised

Dial in blue lacquer colour with rhodanised

hand dial

hand dial

57

VINTAGE

40 mm case diameter
Brushed and polished steel case
Water-resistant 5 bar
Domed PMMA glass
Sub counters at 6 oclock and
9 oclock positions, permanent small
second at 3 oclock position
Automatic Swiss movement

58

MARINEMASTER VINTAGE

MARINEMASTER VINTAGE

CHRONOGRAPH

CHRONOGRAPH

800.20.80. L.01

800.20.85. L.01

Limited Edition 500 pcs.,

Limited Edition 500 pcs.,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

green afterglow

green afterglow

PC-7 TEAM

42 mm case diameter
Steel case
Water-resistant 20 bar
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Pusher protection
Automatic Swiss movement

60

PHANTOM F-4F

PC-7 TEAM

PC-7 TEAM

DAY/DATE

CHRONOGRAPH

647.10.91. M

638.10.91. L.01

Limited Edition 250 pcs.,

Limited Edition 250 pcs.,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

Superluminova luminous colour in white,

green afterglow

green afterglow

42 mm case diameter
Steel case with glass caseback
Water-resistant 20 bar
Sapphire crystal with antireflective
coating on both sides
Pusher protection
Automatic Swiss movement

PHANTOM F-4F
CHRONOGRAPH
635.10.91. LC.01
Limited Edition 175 pcs., only 175 units
available worldwide, Superluminova luminous colour in white, green afterglow

61

GLOSSARY
AMPLITUDE
Expression for the maximum angle by which a
balance swings from its position of rest, measured as an angle in degrees. The accuracy of
a watch requires constant amplitudes. Oscillations are considered reasonable within the range
of 250 300.
ACCURACY
The rate of a watch can be affected by factors
such as the timepieces positions (e.g. vertical),
changes in temperature, magnetic fields, condensation, irregular winding, and the condition of
the movements lubrication. Despite influence by
the above mentioned occurrences, the mechanical watch remains very precise. A deviation of 20
seconds in a 24-hour period is considered normal and demonstrates an accuracy of 99.9768%.
AUTOMATIC WINDING
The automatic watch is primarily wound by the
movement of the wrist. The automatic watch
can also be wound using the crown. The mainspring cannot be over-wound.
AUTOMATIC WINDING MECHANISM
The movement of the wrist causes an oscillating weight to swing, winding the mainstream.
The worlds first automatic wristwatch in serial
production, the legendary HARWOOD, was
introduced by FORTIS in 1926.
BAR
Technically and in physics, bar stands for a unit
of pressure, corresponding to the SI system (SI =
abbr. for French: Systme international dunits).
The word bar derives from the Greek word bros, meaning heavy. One physical atmosphere
(normal pressure) corresponds to approx. one bar
(1 atm = 1.013250 bar). A water column of one
metre causes a pressure of about 0.1 bar (one
metre water column (mWC) approx. 0.1 bar).
A watch marked water-resistant to 100 m has
successfully passed the pressure test for 10 bar.

BEZEL
Revolving part of the watch case, which is adjustable in gaits of half a minute at FORTIS. A
bezel can revolve uni- or bidirectionally. Sports
watch bezels feature an ascending minute
scale and revolve counter-clockwise. A pilots
watch bezel rotates in both directions for the
rapid adjustment and perception of elapsed
time on the descending minute scale. A 24hour indication allows the setting of an additional time zone.
OFFICIAL CHRONOMETER TEST
(Contrle Officiel Suisse des Chronomtres)
The sought-after ratification certificates (bulletin
de marche) are only awarded when the watch
movement has undergone a strict, two-week
ratification test in various positions and temperatures. The award Official Chronometer confers on timepieces the accolade of belonging
to the finest art of watchmaking.
COMPLICATION
Watch movement with one or more additional
mechanisms such as repeaters, chimes, chronograph and alarm.
ESCAPEMENT
Mechanism fitted between the gear train and the
oscillating system.
ESCAPE WHEEL
Last wheel of gear train, turns the fastest.

GASKETS
The water-resistance of watches is guaranteed
by gaskets of varying materials. Over the
course of time, these succumb to natural wear
and tear. The rays of the sun, sweat, soap, and
bath additives make gaskets brittle or harden
them. It is recommended that a watchs waterresistance should be tested at least once a year.
GMT GREENWICH MEAN TIME
UTC COORDINATED UNIVERSAL TIME
The zero meridian, located in Greenwich, England, is used as the prime basis of standard world
time. Time shifts by one hour every 15 degrees
of longitude, increasing going east and decreasing going west, resulting in 24 time zones.
GOING BARREL
Closed box containing the mainspring.
HAND WINDING
A mechanical watch that the wearer needs to
wind by hand every day. The main spring is
wound by turning the crown. Daily winding guarantees even, precise functioning.
HIGH-GRADE STEEL
Rust-proof steel with extremely low susceptibility
to corrosion.
JEWELS
Synthetic jewels (rubies) are used as bearings
for the train wheels in order to reduce friction.
JEWEL / ENDSTONE
A synthetic ruby with the function of reducing
pivot friction. End stones are used for the balance staff and occasionally for the pallet and
escape wheel staffs.

LEATHER STRAP
A natural product with a limited lifespan. It can
be damaged by humidity, perspiration, chemicals and rubbing. When replacement of the
strap becomes necessary, the spring bar should
also be replaced.
MERIDIAN
The earth is divided into degrees of longitude
called meridians. Beginning at the zero meridian (GMT), there are 180 meridians to the east
and 180 meridians to the west.
METAL BRACELET
Regular cleaning with a brush under warm, running water prolongs the life of a bracelet. At
the same time, the screws on the sides of the
links should be checked and tightened if necessary. This also applies to the spring bar.
MINERAL CRYSTAL, HARDENED
A hardened crystal that is twice as scratch-resistant as an ordinary mineral crystal.
PALLET
The moving part of a movements escapement.
POWER RESERVE
The amount of energy a watch has from when
it is fully wound until it stops. An automatically
winding watch should have between 38 and
48 hours of power reserve.
PRESSURE RESISTANCE
Is the maximum amount of pressure per unit applied on a watch. It is usually expressed as
the physical force bar or the water depth in
metres. One metre of diving depth corresponds
to about 0.1 bar.
PUSHERS
These are mounted on the side of the watch case
and are used for operating various functions.

PHYSICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION (PVD)


A process of coating, completed in a vacuum
by means of a physical transfer of material from
a target to a substrate. A vaporised metal is deposited as a coating.
REGULATE
The performing of adjustments to ensure precision
timing.
ROTOR
A flat, heavy piece of metal that rotates in the
watch, winding the mainspring.
SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL
High quality synthetic sapphire crystal that is extremely resistant to scratches. It is much harder
and more scratch-resistant than mineral crystal.
SILICONE
Refers to a group of inorganic polymers which,
to some extent, are hybrids as they consist
of an inorganic backbone with organic side
groups. Their chemical properties are unique
and unmatched by other synthetics.
SHOCK PROTECTION
Device for protecting the balance-staff pivots from
damage
SPRING BAR
A bar with flexible end parts that is necessary to
attach a strap or bracelet to the case.
STOP SECOND
This is used to set the time precisely to the second.
Pulling out the crown stops the second hand automatically.

TACHYMETER
Used to measure speed by calculating the time
needed to travel a certain distance. For example, if one kilometre (1,000 metres) was covered
in 20 seconds, the tachometric scale shows a
speed of 180 km/h.
TITANIUM
A metal that is also an excellent material for
wristwatches due to its low weight and virtually non-existent allergic reaction risk. Titanium
quickly adjusts to the skin temperature of its wearer, making it especially comfortable to wear.
WATERRESISTANCE
Crown and pushers should not be operated under water in order to prevent water entering the
watch. Water-resistant with pushed-in/screw-in
crown only. Watches without screw-down crowns
and pushers should be checked regularly for
damage. An annual waterresistance test is recommended.

USING A WATCH AS A COMPASS


It is possible to determine orientation using a
wristwatch, assuming the sun is shining. The
direction will be correct if the watch is set for
true local time, without adjustment for daylight
savings time. The further you are away from the
equator, the more accurate this method will be.
Hold the watch horizontally and point the hour
hand in the direction of the sun. The bisecting
line dividing the angle between twelve oclock
and the hour hand points south, therefore north
is in the opposite direction (valid for the northern
hemisphere). For the southern hemisphere, the
process is the same; however, as the sun is to
the north when it reaches maximum altitude, the
watch can be used to define south accordingly.

2014 FORTIS Uhren AG, Schweiz


All models legally protected.
Changes of models reserved.
The valid operating instructions form the basis
for the proper use of the watches.

w w w. f o r t i s - s w i s s . c o m