Favre-Leuba is the second longest established Swiss watch brand, with its founding dating all the way back to 1737. Hit, like many Swiss brands by the quartz crisis in the late 60s, Favre was sold by the family and passed through different hands such as Benedom SA and LVMH. In November 2011 the brand was acquired by Indian company Titan, part of the mighty TATA Group.
On show at Baselworld this year will be Favre-Leuba’s completely rethought display to show elapsed time when diving. The Raider Harpoon watch makes this vital information clearer and easier to read. Minutes are shown by an highly visible hand that points to large, luminescent markers on the dial. A unidirectional bezel indicates remaining dive time. Hours are displayed on a rotating disc with Roman numerals that is driven by an ingenious patented mechanism.
The speed at which this luminescent indicator rotates is calculated so that it returns to its starting point after exactly 12 hours. The diver simply focuses on the hand, which also points to the hour thanks to the rotating disc that moves with it.
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Movement: Mechanical automatic.
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds.
Case: Steel or gunmetal PVD-treated steel, 46 mm. Unidirectional rotating bezel in
anodized aluminum. Helium valve. Sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both
sides. Water-resistant to 500 meters (50 bar / 1650 ft).
Dial: Blue or black. Hour-markers with white Superluminova (blue glow). Patented
hour display on a luminescent disc rotating around the perimeter of the dial.
Seconds disc and movement operating indicator in the center.
Bracelet/Strap: Steel with extension system for diving and steel folding clasp, or rubber with buckle.