Sunday, November 27, 2016

Favre-Leuba - Raider and Chief Collections

The legendary Swiss watch brand Favre-Leuba is now back. After taking over by Tata Group in 2011, Swiss watch brand Favre-Leuba, which traces its origins back to 1737, is making a comeback this year by launching new watch collections: the Raider and Chief.

Inspired by their legendary forefathers, the timepieces from the Raider and Chief lines boast technical as well as aesthetic brilliance. Like their role models, the new watches are characterized by innovation and functionality. They are dependable companions for those who are not held back by seemingly insurmountable limits but rather pave their own way.
Identifying and pursuing new targets and adventures, constantly challenging the status quo, changing perspectives  to  find  creative solutions,  redefining  obstacles as opportunities to surpass  instead of limits to bow down to  –  this mindset was and  continues to be the foundation  of  Favre-Leuba,  and which is best expressed through their watches that narrate the glorious history. With its striking aesthetics and ingenious functionality, The Bivouac, which, in 1962, was the first mechanical watch equipped with an aneroid barometer for altimetry and air pressure measurement, and The Bathy of 1968, which for the first time displayed not only dive time but also dive depth, are worthy torchbearers.  Time and time again, they have always been reliable companions to their wearers - in every situation where they were conquering frontiers be it at great heights or depths, in heat, high humidity, or freezing cold.

It would hence only be apt to take a leaf out of the old book and design the contemporary line of watches based on these successes. The thread that runs common with the past well into the present, across the two new lines of Raider and Chief, is the perseverance of excellence in both functionality and design.

Favre-Leuba Raider Line
Timepieces from the Raider line are ideal companions for anyone who revels in rising above the defined boundaries.  The  Deep Blue, waterproof to 300  m, accompanies divers  to  discover  the mysterious worlds  underwater, while  the  Sea Sky  combines the functionality of a chronograph with the  practical benefit  of  a  rotating  bezel,  which  allows  the  wearer  to  define  new  benchmarks.  With  this  year’s collection highlight, Favre-Leuba offers further proof of its values such as defiance, ingenuity and the pioneering spirit,  that have defined the brand for over the rich 279 years. With its innovative and unique way of displaying the time, the Harpoon demonstrates that, especially in this case, less is surely more.

Bundled with all that is essential to an explorer, Harpoon is indeed the ultimate diving watch. What it lets one see, is what is needed the most, the minutes of precision to complete a successful dive.

RAIDER HARPOON
Movement
Automatic, patented mechanism for hour display

Functions
Time display by minute hand and hour indicator, running seconds disk at the center for function control, helium valve

Case
Stainless steel or Stainless steel with Gun metal PVD coating
Unidirectional rotating bezel made of anodized aluminium
Screw-in crown
Sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on both sides
Screwed and aligned case back
Diameter: 46 mm, height: 16.5 mm
Water-resistant up to 50 bar/500 m

Dial
Black or Blue
Appliquéd index marks; luminous (blue emission) index marks and hour indicator, minute and second hands, markings under seconds disk

Strap
Rubber strap or Black/Brown calf skin strap, pin buckle

RAIDER DEEP BLUE
Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, running seconds disk at the center for function control, date display

Case
Stainless steel or stainless steel with Gun Metal PVD coating
Unidirectional rotating bezel made of anodized aluminum; screw-in crown; sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on both sides; screwed and aligned case back; diameter 44 mm, height 13.5 mm, water-resistant up to 30 bar/300 m

Dial
Blue or Black dial
Appliquéd index marks; luminous (blue emission) index marks, hour, minute and second hands, markings under seconds disk

Strap
Black/Brown calfskin strap, pin buckle or
Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp with safety bracket and diving extension system or
Rubber strap with pin buckle

RAIDER SEA SKY
Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counters, date display

Case
Stainless steel or stainless steel with Gun Metal PVD coating
Unidirectional rotating bezel made of anodized aluminum; screw-in crown; sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on both sides; screwed and aligned case back; diameter 44 mm, height 15.7 mm, water-resistant up to 20 bar/200 m

Dial
Black/white or Blue/white
Appliquéd index marks; luminous (blue emission) index marks, hour and minute hands

Strap
Black/Brown calfskin, pin buckle or
Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp with safety bracket or
Rubber strap with pin buckle

Favre-Leuba Chief Line
Timepieces from the Chief line boast a succinct style alliance with timeless aesthetics.  The line presently offers two models: the Sky Chief Date and the Sky Chief Chronograph.

SKY CHIEF DATE
Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date display

Case
Stainless steel or Stainless steel with rose gold bezel
Screw-in crown; curved sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on one side; screwed and aligned case back; diameter 43 mm, height 12.8 mm, water-resistant up to 10 bar/100 m

Dial
Black or Anthracite
Appliquéd index marks; luminous index marks, hour and minute hands

Strap
Black or Brown calfskin, pin buckle

SKY CHIEF CHRONOGRAPH
Movement
Automatic

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30-minute counter, date display

Case
Stainless steel or Stainless steel with rose gold bezel
Screw-in crown; curved sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on one side; screwed and aligned case back; diameter 43 mm, height 16.1 mm, water-resistant up to 10 bar/100 m

Dial
Black or anthracite
Appliquéd index marks; luminous index marks, hour and minute hands

Strap
Black or Brown calfskin, pin buckle

The  unmistakable  shapes  and  bold  elements  confirm  that  the  DNA  of  the  new  Raider  and  Chief collection belong to the Favre-Leuba brand and have been skillfully translated  into the design of today.

The Favre-Leuba design language – clear, expressive lines – characterizes all products. The case –a bow drawn from lug to lug, just like a bridge running over time, shares the enthralling contrast of the brushed and polished surfaces.  The bezel  –  this  seemingly simple  design component also boasts a special detail  when observed:  it’s not  just another  circular functional element but rather a finely wrought Tetradecagon,  which creates a strong and distinctive look of the new  Favre-Leuba  collection.
The case back – made with precision that conveys no detail is ever too small at Favre-Leuba, is screwed in place to ensure that it’s always perfectly aligned.

The striking hands and the conspicuous appliquéd index marks, pronounce a mark of boldness on an otherwise minimalistic dial. Not only are these the distinguishing feature of an unpretentious timepiece but also prove to be a functional element in the dark as the Super-LumiNova coating comes to light.

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