New 2016 BaselWorld Release
Mention the name Dornier to anyone who knows anything about aviation, and you'll see a look of instant admiration and respect.
Originally established in Germany in 1914 as Dornier Flugzeugwerke, the company was responsible for many of the most classic airplanes used for both civil and military purposes.
The list of Dornier aircraft is long and includes a turboprop-powered amphibious aircraft - the Dornier Seastar.
Over the years, the company has had a number of spinoffs and acquisitions, one of which was responsible for the production of the Faint Object Camera used in the Hubble Space Telescope.
And now a new project to add to the company's list of accomplishments - the new Fortis GMT Chronograph pilot's watch.
We spoke with the CEO of Fortis, Max Spitzy, about the development of this new watch, which has been in the design phase for years.
He emphasized two things that differentiate this watch from other watches with a famous logo. First, Dornier was actually involved in all aspects of the design of this watch, in fact VERY involved.
And secondly, Dornier insisted that this watch represent their expertise in the fields of aviation, space and technology. Max smiles when he says that this project required many prototypes and drafts until both the design and specifications met with the approval of Dornier, resulting in quite a few late nights.
We first saw the prototype for this watch at BaselWorld 2016 and were immediately struck by its design.
Dornier and Fortis worked hard to create a watch that represents the heritage of both brands both visually and functionally.
This new watch features an alternating color scheme with nods to both the unique blue hue of Dornier and the classic colors of Fortis.
The Dornier GMT features a clean display with applied indices and numerals giving the dial a three-dimensional effect.
This watch is housed in the new Fortis Cosmonauts 42 mm case which features screw down pushers, a crown guard and a specially manufactured ceramic bezel for the GMT indices.
The clear readability of the sharp numerals and indices on the black face illuminate green at night and are sunk flush with the outside ring of the face making this watch as easy to read as it is enjoyable to wear.
Features of this watch include:
- Chronograph function
- Dual time zone complication
- Date display "hidden" in the 12 hour subdial at 6
- Ceramic black bezel with 24 hour GMT indices
- Special PVD coated rotor
- Green Superluminova
- Double anti-reflective coating
This watch is fitted with a black leather performance strap featuring Dornier themed blue stitching.
As an added bonus, the special packaging for this watch includes two additional Fortis leather performance straps in Dornier blue.
This watch is water resistant to 100 meters.