Meet Fortis B42 Black Mars 500 Watch

Aug 23, 2010
Some years ago, the Roscosmos Federal Space Agency laid out an ambitious plan to dispatch a crew to Mars between 2020 and 2030.

The mission is estimated to take about 520 days. In order to understand how an extremely confined environment will affect the health of future crew members, ESA and the Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems have decided to carry out the Mars 500 experiment.

Within the framework of this project, six volunteers will spend 520 days in a steel tube, which is 20 meters long and has just 3 meters in diameter.

On this occasion, the German-based house of Fortis, an official timekeeper for the project, has released its new B42 Black Mars 500 pilots watch.

This mind-blowing horological novelty employs a 42 mm round-shaped case, crafted from black PVD-treated high-grade titanium.

The same material is used for an impressive bezel that frames an extremely legible black dial.

Shielded by a glare-proofed sapphire crystal, the display of the new Fortis watch captures the time with oversized Arabic numerals and three steel hands, inlaid with luminous orange substance. The latter ensures a perfect level of darkness visibility.

The timepiece is constructed around a self-winding ETA 2836-2 caliber movement, encrusted with 25 jewels. The mechanism beats to the rhythm of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a 42- hour power reserve.

The remarkable caliber serves to display hours, minutes and seconds. It also brings to life an additional simple calendar function with current date and day of week indicators positioned at 3 oclock.

The B42 Black Mars 500 watch is accompanied by a black leather strap with orange stitching. Its water-resistance is assured down to 200 meters.

The new Fortis watch will be offered in a limited edition of 2012 pieces.

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