Panda dial is what collectors and watchenthusiasts are craving mostly. Everywhere you speak to watchcollectors, you hear them talk about panda dials.
Watchlovers call white chronograph dial with black totalisors panda dials, simply because they look like the fur of a Panda bear: White fur with black spots.
Fortis listened to their fans and just presented a wonderful panda dial chronograph at Baselworld 2017.
The limited edition of 200 pieces Stratoliner Parabola is a really great watch. It was my favorite at Fortis this year, I can tell you that much.
The watch is coming in a contemporary 42mm partly brushed and partly polished steel case.
Fortis actually allows you to order straight from their homepage acknowledging the importance of social media and the internet. I am assuming that we will see more swiss watchmanufacturers creating webshops as we go along.
Obviously, the name Stratoliner refers to the stratosphere which is part of the atmosphere surrounding the Earth. It is located between 15 and 50 kilometers above sea level. In contrast to the surrounding troposphere (0 – 15 KM), the temperature increases from -60 ° C to 0 ° C due to ozone-absorbed UV radiation which converts electromagnetic radiation into heat.
Already in the 60s pilots of reconnaissance flights such as the US with the “Lockheed U-2” needed a reliable technique for flights over 20,000 meters. The “U” stands for “utility” and was used as a camouflage, so that Russia did not suspect spy activities. Since these aircraft virtually were not “seen” by radar, Fortis assigned the model Stratoliner to space watches.
This chronograph is very clean, clear and legible with indices having a vintage colored touch. In addition, the hands have the style of 60s watches. And, for many watchfreaks a red hand makes the day, in this case the chronograph seconds hand is painted red. The whole vintage touch is a reminiscence to the time of first issue in 1962.
A lovely chronograph with an automatic Valjoux 7750 tractor movement. Highly reliable with 48 hours powerreserve. The clasp shows the fortis logo.
Last but not least, how could I spare a wristshot?