October 12, 2017

Titan's subsidiary Favre-Leuba's Raider Bivouac 9000 marks its debut in India

Mumbai, India: Favre-Leuba unveiled its iconic timepiece – the Raider Bivouac 9000 – at the Trident Hotel, BKC, in Mumbai, today, setting new standards in watch design and engineering, by bringing back the Favre-Leuba legacy in a new avatar, and Conquering the Highest Peaks with a functional time piece that truly pushes boundaries. 

Switzerland’s second-oldest watch brand celebrated its 280th anniversary with the groundbreaking watch that demonstrates the ingenuity of the brand and by redefining what has until now been thought to be technically impossible; the Raider Bivouac 9000 is indeed the ultimate instrument for all altitudes.

Thomas Morf, chief executive officer, Favre-Leuba; Patrick Kury, chief technology officer, Favre-Leuba along with the team of Favre-Leuba and Yashovardhan Saboo from Ethos were present at the luncheon to unveil the splendid time piece in India. Mr Morf engaged the audience with a unique tribute to the Raider Bivouac 9000 by simulating the watch climb up to 9000m using tools and specially made equipment for such an endeavour. This exhibit proved the truly unique feat this purpose-built watch can perform, which is what has earned it the well-deserved caption – the ultimate instrument for all altitudes.  Mr Kury gave a deeper insight into the technicalities of the watch and what kind of research and development went behind creating this unique masterpiece.

The Raider Bivouac 9000 is the first mechanical wristwatch capable of measuring altitudes of up to an incredible 9,000 meters above sea level. In 1962, when Favre-Leuba launched the world’s first mechanical wristwatch capable of measuring air pressure and altitudes of up to 3,000 meters above sea level, the outstanding reliability and precision of this watch, as well as the fact that it was extremely easy to use and read, quickly made it a feature on the wrists of mountain climbers, pilots, explorers, and almost every pioneer who strives to achieve great things.

The Raider Bivouac 9000 is a homage to its legendary 1962 namesake, but has been improved and refined to make it capable of coping with the demands that are now placed on a highly functional instrument that is designed to be a reliable companion at extremely high altitudes. The Raider Bivouac 9000 still measures altitude with the aid of an aneroid barometer, but now does so up to an incredible height of 9,000 meters above sea level.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Morf, chief executive officer, Favre-Leuba, said, “We are extremely proud to carry forward the Favre-Leuba legacy with the Bivouac 9000, the world’s first wristwatch with an aneroid barometer that measures altitude up to 9,000 metres. This incredible timepiece goes above and beyond the ordinary and has been inspired from its 1962 predecessor. 280 years of Favre Leuba is certainly worth a celebration and what better way than creating this ultimate instrument for all altitudes. I am delighted to bring this stellar timepiece to India, which I hope will be loved by our customers here.”

Mr Kury, Chief Technology Officer, Favre-Leuba, further added, “The Bivouac 9000 features a number of significant technical improvements and refinements. The most significant of these is the increase in the altitude it is capable of measuring from 3,000 to 9,000 meters. This required the use of innovative materials for the barometer and precise calculations for the height and diameter of the capsule as well as a new conversion mechanism for the altimeter.”

When designing the Raider Bivouac 9000, Favre-Leuba took inspiration from its own legendary timepieces to create a watch with a modern interpretation of the brand’s characteristic design elements. Ensuring that the dial is perfectly legible in any conditions was the key. The style of the dial is minimalistic, with nothing unnecessary to distract the view from the important displays.

Unlike the 1962 Bivouac, the new version is also water tight; this is because the air inlet in the case, which is required for the barometer, is protected by a fine but tough membrane made from a micro-perforated hydrophobic material. This membrane allows air but not water or dust particles to pass through.

The Raider Bivouac 9000 also attracts attention, thanks to its impressive size, especially the robust case measuring 48 millimeters in diameter. It is constructed from light-weight, hard-wearing and hypo-allergenic titanium, which makes the watch comfortable to wear despite its size. The bidirectional rotating bezel, features Favre-Leuba’s trademark tetra decagon design, carries an altimeter scale divided into 50-metre steps. The arc extending across the sides of the case from lug to lug like a bridge spanning over time serving to further emphasise the dynamic aesthetics of this exceptional timepiece and is symbolic of the connection with its ancestor. The vintage-look leather strap also adds to its style statement.

The red central hand indicates the altitude on the bidirectional rotating bezel, which carries a scale divided into 50-metre steps, up to 3,000 metres. One full clockwise rotation of the red central hand thus indicates a climb in altitude of 3,000 metres. During a climb, the small red hand of the sub-dial located at 3 o’clock continues to turn too, until, after three full rotations of the central hand, it arrives at its final destination of 9,000 metres above sea level. The bezel is held securely in place by a two-way ratchet mechanism that prevents it from being unintentionally moved to a different position.

The heart of the barometer is an airtight capsule made from a special alloy. The capsule expands when the air pressure drops as the wearer climbs and contracts when the air pressure rises during the descent. The expansion and contraction of the capsule triggers a linear movement, which is then converted into a rotational movement to indicate the altitude. The Raider Bivouac 9000 is also capable of displaying any changes in air pressure at the same altitude. The hectopascal (hPA) scale on the sub dial located at 3 o’clock displays the current air pressure on a scale ranging from 1013 to 300hPa.

Mr Saboo, chief executive officer, Ethos Watch Boutiques, said “We are delighted to have a heritage watch brand of the stature of Favre-Leuba, exclusively at our boutiques in India and offer this iconic time piece to our customers. The Bivouac 9000 epitomises what the brand stands for – endurance and authenticity – and its new capabilities takes watch making to new heights. We look forward to strengthen our healthy relation with the brand and support its growth in the region.”

In India, this stellar timepiece will be priced at Rs5,31,000, and will be exclusively available at Ethos Watch Boutiques from December 2017 onwards.