The Fortis Stratoliner S41 involves a collection of watches from the company, something that indicates a marked departure from the things they've done in the past. At the same time, the new collection has a way of tying things together, blending past and present to indicate that the company hasn't forgotten where they've been, yet very much announcing that they've decided to take things in a slightly different direction. If you're curious about knowing more about this particular collection of watches, all you have to do is keep reading in order to take a closer look.
A New Horizon
The company certainly isn't brand new, but it is under relatively new management. That fact alone has been openly demonstrated through this particular collection of watches that has only recently been released. It's interesting to note that the entire collection relates to flight in one capacity or another. More specifically, there is a nod to the Virgin Galactic spaceship flights on these watches as well as space travel in general. Under the old management, the idea of flight was also an underlying theme. However, it almost constantly revolved around government-sponsored programs as opposed to anything in the private sector. Under this new management, all of that has changed in a big way. These days, the company is giving a direct nod to flight operations that push the boundaries of what is considered possible and they're focusing a lot more on individual fights as opposed to anything that's government-sanctioned. How does all of this tie into the watches, aside from the fact that a nod to a particular flight program is included in the design? It all comes down to the fact that the watchmaker associates the desire to push boundaries in order to see where the limits of something are and then find a way to push beyond them. That's precisely what makes this particular collection of watches so special. It's also what makes them relatively unique, meaning that collectors are clamoring to get their hands on them while they still can.
Quality and Ingenuity
The Stratoliner S41 is being marketed as the very first watch made specifically for space travelers. You might think it's easy to scoff at such marketing, but stop and think about how much the idea of space travel has become ingrained into the collective consciousness of the human race. Granted, there was a time when space travel was only achieved by large governments that had a practically indispensable amount of resources in order to make it happen. These days, that dynamic is changing. More and more individual companies are making this a reality. The watch maker decided to get in on the action while they could still get in on the ground floor. As such, this particular watch collection Is partnered with the Swedish Space Organization and prominently features the trajectory of a rocket ship in its design. However, that is not where the unique aspects of this particular watch collection end. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the design. Without solid craftsmanship and a design that is functional in all types of situations, it would be virtually impossible for the company to sell this or any other watch. That's precisely why they have placed so much effort on creating something that is not only beautiful to look at, but also extremely functional, whether you're traveling through space or going to your next meeting.
A single glance at the watch indicates that it's something special. Its overall construction involves stainless steel, especially where the case and strap are concerned. It's a simple yet timeless design that's also extremely functional in a variety of different situations. Depending on which of the three watches in the collection you purchase, you can get one with a white, gray or black face. In all cases, the watches come with a date function at the three o’clock position that indicates the day and the date. Where this watch differs from everything else is that it actually incorporates subsets that are designed specifically for spaceflight, indicating the different intervals that are critical to a successful journey. For example, the different phases of spaceflight such as take off, ascent and zero gravity can all be marked using the different subsets available on these watches. They also offer automatic movement and if it isn't already painfully obvious, they are all designed to remain fully functional while being worn on an actual spaceflight.
Designed to Perform
The thing that really sets these watches apart from everything else is that it's not just about the design on the face. Granted, that design looks very good but the watchmaker wanted something that was more important than appearance alone. They wanted something that could actually be connected to space travel in a tangible way, in much the same way that a dive watch is actually worn by individuals who dive to great depths. As far as they're concerned, this is really no different. It's simply going in the other direction. However, in order to accomplish that goal, they had to be sure that the design that they incorporated into this particular collection would not be adversely impacted by such things as the zero gravity that is commonly experienced on space flights. That meant that a great deal of research and development had to take place. In fact, the company has been working on this project for some time, although it didn't really kick into high gear until the new management took over and decided to place a direct focus on it.
If you're interested in purchasing one of these watches, it would probably be a good idea to do so as soon as possible, as no one knows how long each individual item in the collection will last. Considering the amount of work that has gone into designing and constructing these watches, you might be concerned about the overall price involved. They're not cheap, but they're also not outside the realm of possibility when compared to other high quality watches that are designed for the luxury market. In fact, one of them can be had for just over $5,000. That likely means that individuals who have been waiting for these watches for quite some time won’t waste any time getting one (or more) for themselves.
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Written by Lily Wordsmith
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