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Swiss watchmaker Fortis for its nearly century-long history famous for many significant achievements in watchmaking.
Since it was founded by Walter Vogt (Walter Vogt) in 1912 in Grenchen Swiss firm Fortis maintains the tradition of creating the most complicated chronographs for aviation and astronautics. Fortis watches for pilots become part of many aviation pilots equipment companies, and the quality of these models is marked by a number of international awards. Thus, the model Flieger Chronograph was awarded the first ever European award for aviation watches - an international jury was struck by their functional minimalism. In Latin fortis means "strong." And the same brand for its reliable, proven chronometric instruments continues to confirm the validity of the selected name.
The first important event in the history of the watch company Fortis was the presentation in 1926, the world's first self-winding wristwatch.
By the day of celebration of the 25th anniversary of the factory Fortis in 1937, the company released its first chronograph.
In 1943, the firm Fortis occupies a prominent place among the Swiss watch companies due to high technical characteristics of its watches. Along with the production of high precision mechanical chronographs Fortis proceeds to build the magnificent water resistant watches.
In 1954 starts the production and sale of a broad worldwide mechanical watch with an alarm clock.
Two years later, Fortis watch company was awarded the prize "for the best chronometer", established by the Swiss Institute hour timekeeping for his first waterproof chronometer with alarm.
Celebrating in 1987 the 75th anniversary of the founding of the company, Fortis releases a collection Flieger.
In 1988 at the World Fair in Hanover Industrial company Fortis awarded for the design of its watches.
In 1992, Fortis goes into space with its watches Fortis Space-Art Edition on board the spacecraft with a Russian rocket "Proton". This watch is issued in a limited edition Fortis Automatic Chronograph Stratoliner.
After lengthy reliability tests, in 1994, Russian Cosmonaut Training Center Yuri Gagarin in Star City chooses watches Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph as the official equipment of the Russian cosmonauts. For the first time this clock has taken into space command "EUROMIR 1". During the expedition, Soyuz-TM19 to prepare the docking between the U.S. space "shuttle" "Atlantis" and "Mir" station automatic chronographs Fortis once again demonstrated its reliability during several spacewalks.
In 1995 Chronograph Fortis was on the wrist of the pilot during the flight record of serial two-seater MiG-25 CP. World altitude record: 100,000 FEET (30 480m), is listed in the Guinness Book of Records, has established a crew consisting of the pilot and the observer Garnaeva Alexander Alexander Parengo.
In 1997, the wristwatch Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph selected official watch of the Russian-German space mission "MIR-97."
In 1998, Fortis sponsors the company Ducati - the legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer, one of which team rider Carl Fogarty won the world championship in the class "superbike". This event was timed special edition watches "Ducati World Champion Edition".
In 2000 he produced Fortis Spacematic - watch the new generation. With the creation of this collection firm strongly into the new millennium. "Expedition Millennium" at the South Pole. At the turn of 1999 and 2000, the Austrian Ernst Tsinnobler became the first eropeytsem who committed extreme skydiving at the South Pole. At the time of his jump into the "icy silence" from a height of 5000 meters in free-fall velocity of up to 250 kilometers per hour on his wrist was the official chronograph cosmonaut - Official Cosmonauts Chronograph.
Global signaling system (Global Transmission Service, GTS): on board the International Space Station (ISS), becoming the first experiment in reconciliation watches worldwide from space in 2001. Constantly dealing with the problems of aviation and astronautics, Fortis jointly with the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Research Center (DLR) and the Corporation "Daimler-Chrysler" is involved in the development of a new system of transmitting radio signals. In 2002, the start of the test GTS. Receiving the first signal from the ISS. Installing the electronic unit GTS on board the ISS. In the same year the legendary watchmaker celebrates its 90th anniversary. On the occasion of its anniversary, the company Fortis organized a grand celebration in the capital of Taiwan. At the anniversary party was invited to a group of young actors who have appeared in space suits. On their wrists glittered new watch brand Fortris B-42 Cosmonaut, Diver Chronograph and Lady.s Spacematic SL.
In 2003, a presentation of the new watches Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph with impressive design the B-42. In the same year, Fortis watches became the official watch of the legendary aerobatic team "Russian Knights".
In 2005, Fortis approved as the official chronograph on board the International Space Station ISS (International Space Station Soyuz). Exactly 10 years after the first flight, Fortis continues to be the exclusive supplier of the Russian Space Agency on the international space station aboard the Soyuz. The company Fortis, looking back on 10 years of cooperation with the Russian space organization of the 50th anniversary of the spaceport Baikonur launched a new B-42 Official Cosmonauts Chronograph. These watches were presented at the international exhibition BaselWorld in early 2005 as the official titanium chronograph for astronauts.
In 2007, a limited edition Fortis Flieger Chronograph Alarm Platinum takes second place in the competition in the category Gold watch to 25,000 Euro.
By purchasing watches, people want to not only have the ability to always know the exact time it takes to watch match his style of life, emphasized certain character traits. In short, were the "talking" part of his image. After all welcome, as is known, by their looks. And especially - business partners. It is therefore important that adorned the wrist watch, causing a sense of pride!
In most hours Fortis established mechanisms of the famous first-class factory Lemania, while many brands in this price range, the serial production of ETA. In addition, the company has always been highly valued in the watch world, produces its own complex and non-standard mechanisms, in particular, women's chronographs. Cases are produced from modern durable materials - titanium and stainless steel, which, combined with the highest manufacturing technology provide hours of Fortis exceptional durability. And the anti-reflective coating sapphire glass allows you to see the dial even in the sunny weather.