Last week I was invited to Fortis which has been an uninterrupted watchmanufacturer since 1912. The company resides in Grenchen which is home to a few other famous brands and movement manufacturers. Fortis is responsible together with Harwood for the development of the first automatic wristwatch. The company has a history with space exploration and flying like few others do. The history is quite interesting as they have created watches for Roscosmos in the past.
A group of Journalists including myself were invited to Dübendorf near Zurich to meet with PC7 Team and Fortis for the handover of the New PC7 Team Chronograph which we discussed last year in a first meeting. The dial is blue and there is a PC7 logo on the dial. A beautiful chronograph limited to 300 pieces of which 12 were handed over to the PC7 team pilots. You could look at their smiling faces how happy they were.
The day started at the airport in Dübendorf near Zurich in Switzerland.
The PC7 Team is basically the first and main military pilot training school in Switzerland. Every military pilot has to start at this schoon and learn flying there.
We started with an introduction and a longer talk through of the flying performance to come later that day. The weather was not beautiful, but good enough for a beautiful flying performance which I will show you later in videos.
The book is signed by the pilots and was given to us to remember this eventful meeting.
PC7 Team also is just having their 30th anniversary:
Then Fortis’ new CEO handed over the 12 limited edition Chronographs in their beautiful blue boxes.
The watch is stunningly beautiful, blue dial, steel and Cordura strap, I think this will be a hit.
The watch is also COSC certified.
There is also a three hand piece.
Both pieces are limited to 300 units. The first 12 chronographs were given to the pilots which leaves another 288 pieces.
The caseback is engraved with the logo of PC7 Team.
The watches are all numbered on the side:
Now, let’s go to the flying performance. We went out to the airfield where the Pilatus airplanes are stationed.
Watch the first video where the 9 planes are getting ready and start taxiing.
And in this second video, you can watch them flying. I am so happy that I am just watching…
So the day was a lot of fun. We went back for a very nice lunch at the base.
Then a final recap of the performance and the day was over for us.
(I hate the fingerprint…)
Technical specifications – Fortis PC-7 Team Aeromaster 2019
OR automatic movement (Valjoux ETA 2836) – 42h power reserve – 28,800 vibrations/h – 25 jewels – hours, minutes, seconds, day and date. COSC certification
CHF 2,450 – Day-Date