As it is immediately clear from its name, new Fortis B-47 World Timer GMT timepiece is a chunky traveler’s piece with all the required and desired functions for a product of its kind. It is the latest of the limited editions of special timekeepers that the Swiss watchmaker is launching to celebrate the century in the industry. The timepiece premieres the new F-022 self-winding mechanical caliber that enables its wearer to tell the time in three different time zones. Other traits that can be noticed at the first glance are the large size, a rotational bezel with city names which is, just like its turning central dial that represents the Earth, used to display the time in different locations.
It is fair to say that the most interesting aspect of the timekeeper by Fortis is its ability to tell the actual time in three time zones at the same time. The first time zone is naturally displayed in the simplest way, with the use of central hands. On the other hand, the next one is portrayed with the use of a blue rotating disc that represents our planet and depicts the continents in it. The map of the world in the central section of the dial includes a red line that depicts the time in the Greenwich time zone. As the blue disc rotates in a clock-wise direction (in the same way that our planet moves) this red lines circles across the 24-hour display and serves as the hand that shows the time at the zero meridian. The easily notable inscriptions with the names of 24 major world cities on the bezel of the Fortis timekeeper give away the way in which the watch shows the third time zone. It is immediately visible with the adjustment of the rotational bezel to the “home” time zone.
As it was mentioned, the technical capabilities of the watch are based on the fact that it is the first Fortis model with an automatic F-2022 mechanical movement. The Swiss made caliber with the width of 11 ½ lignes has 21 jewels incorporated in its mechanism and runs on the high frequency of 4 Hz. In order to improve the functionality, durability and precision of its watch, Fortis has equipped the movement with a fine timing device function (the regulator on the movement’s escapement that adjusts the frequency of the caliber which improves accuracy) and Incabloc shock absorber (which obviously reduces the stress to the mechanism and improves its resilience.
The new limited edition of Fortis watches is placed inside an oversized B-47 case, which actually means that the diameter is 47 mm. The housing is constructed from stainless steel which received a highly polished finishing for a more distinguished appearance. The large face of Fortis B-47 World Timer GMT timepiece is quality sapphire glass with glare proof-coatings on both sides. Sapphire crystal is also utilized on the transparent case back of the watch by the Swiss company. As it can be expected for a timekeeper that features water resistance to more than respectable 200 meters below the surface, its case-back is screw-down.
Black or Blue, two Variations of World Timer GMT Watch
Fortis B-47 World Timer GMT Watch, made in the part of the celebration of the company’s centennial presence in the world of watchmaking, is available in two slightly different variations. The first one of them with the reference number 674.20.15 has a silver outer dial. The color of the central segment of the face is matched with the silicon strap in the same nuance. On the other hand, the model 674.21.11 has three black components that dominate its appearance. Those are a black bezel (unlike the first one that has a silver one), a black outer dial, and a black padded leather strap. Just like the silicon strap of the first version, the strap of the other is fitted to the housing.
Except different colors, there are no further major differences among the variations. They both include the same dials with recognizable triangles that Fortis regularly utilizes to display the correct direction to rotate the crown in order to make quick adjustments. Besides, both versions have large date displays at the right side of the dial, enabled with the use of Fortis’s big date mechanism. The skeleton hour and minute hands are constructed with red luminous tips. The blue model had white luminous Indices, while the black version has white luminous Roman numerals. In both cases, the second hands are chromed. Another shared characteristic is the number of pieces in each of two limited editions. Both the blue and the black version are manufactured in the series of 2012 pieces, in order to celebrate the year in which this Swiss watchmaker celebrates a hundred years on the watchmaking scene.