Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 Debuts in Dubai
Switzerland’s second oldest watch brand once again brings forth a world’s first – The Raider Bivouac 9000
Favre-Leuba unveiled the ultimate instrument for all altitudes at the R Lounge in H Hotel – Dubai. Setting new standards in watch design and engineering with the Raider Bivouac 9000, it is bringing back the heritage of Favre-Leuba with a watch that truly pushes boundaries.
Switzerland’s second-oldest watch brand celebrates 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.
The Bivouac 9000 is the first mechanical wristwatch capable of measuring altitudes of up to an incredible 9000 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 3000 metres 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 permanent feature on the wrists of mountain climbers, pilots, explorers, and every pioneer who dared to undertake great endeavors.
The 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 Bivouac 9000 still measures altitude with the aid of an aneroid barometer, but now does so up to an incredible height of 9000 meters above sea level.
Commenting on the launch, Thomas 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 9000m. This incredible timepiece is a watch that goes above and beyond the ordinary and has been inspired by its 1962 predecessor. 280 years is certainly worth a celebration and what better way than refining this ultimate instrument for all altitudes. It is an absolute honor to commence the unveiling of this stellar watch in Dubai and we really hope that this pioneering instrument from Favre-Leuba will be loved by the UAE audience.”
When designing the 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 – there is nothing unnecessary to distract the view from the important displays.
Patrick Kury, Chief Technology Officer, Favre-Leuba said, “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 3000 to 9000 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.”
Unlike the 1962 Bivouac, the new version is also watertight – 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 Bivouac 9000 also attracts attention thanks to its impressive size – the robust case measures 48 millimeters in diameter. It is constructed from lightweight, hard-wearing, and hypo-allergenic titanium, which makes the watch comfortable to wear despite its size. The bidirectional rotating bezel, which is intuitive to use and features Favre-Leuba’s trademark tetradecagon design, carries an altimeter scale divided into 50-meter steps. The arc extending across the sides of the case
from lug to lug, like a bridge spanning over time, serves to further emphasize the dynamic aesthetics of this exceptional timepiece and is symbolic of the connection with its ancestor. The vintage-look leather strap also makes it a stylish accessory in any setting.
The red central hand indicates the altitude on the bidirectional rotating bezel, which carries a scale divided into 50-meter steps, up to 3000 meters. One full clockwise rotation of the red central hand thus indicates a climb in altitude of 3000 meters. During a climb, the small red hand of the subdial 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 9000 meters 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 trigger a linear movement, which is then converted into a rotational movement to indicate the altitude. The 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.
In UAE, this stellar timepiece, priced at AED 28,500 will be available at all Rivoli Group outlets from October 2017 onwards.
Here’s a look into Favre Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 mechanical movement…