Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets


Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets

Wow, who knew Fortis was such a playful brand! Following their Fortis Frisson, here comes another wacky timepiece released in honor of Fortis’ one hundredth birthday. Although, it is understandable that Fortis grabs every opportunity to flex its creative muscles and funny bones, their watches being one of the most sober and let’s face it, quite boring watches too look at. Mind you, I’m not being snide or trying in any way to dismiss Fortis as a watchmakers, au contraire, I’m merely saying that given their role as the official suppliers of Russian Space Agency Roscosmos and all around manufacturers of serious space and aviator tool watches, those are the desirable traits you should aim for. And imagine how strong must be the desire to unwind once in a while.

Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets

Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets, black dial and black leather strap

Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets is definitely thematically more suited to our preconception of the brand than its centennial brother Fortis Frisson, but I must admit, as much as I liked it, I was instantly reminded of the one. Not very flattering comparison I guess, seeing how B-47 Mysterious Planets is almost 25 times more expensive. Of course, this is no cheap quartz module we are talking about here, but the (anonymous) automatic movement that powers a very interesting variation of a jumping hour theme. Envisioned as a tribute to both Fortis space roots and an ode to the mysteries of our beloved Solar system, Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets features a quite unique dial that sports five planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter – in their respective orbits around the Sun. Now, thanks to the rotating dial and engineering prowess of Fortis‘ designers, those 5 planet-dial openings alternate its positions during the day, allowing each hour to pop up on a different place of the dial, thus not only making the reading of the time more fun, but also constantly changing the watch’s face. It would be very cool to see a video of this process in progress, but for now I hope the static image will suffice.

Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets

Fortis B-47 Mysterious Planets, with blue dial and steel bracelet

My another beef with this otherwise more than intriguing watch is the available choice of straps. While I am usually a big supporter of “more is better theory”, in this particular case I would make an exception. I mean, just look at it! That blue silicone strap looks like it was hijacked from some cheap Chinese replica, and I mean cheap. Other than that… darn nice watch.

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