Favre-Leuba Reach new depths with Raider collection
Here is a review of some of the key watches from the Raider Line.
Favre-Leuba watches were created to be resilient, sporty and functional instruments for wearers all around the world. Favre-Leuba has a history of over 280 years which is characterized by numerous innovations and technological excellence. The Sea Raider was one of the models that was iconic then, with day and calendar indication ticked the automatic caliber FL1164, while the Memo Raider delighted patrons with an automatic alarm.
The Raider line is inspired by the brand’s own legendary watches. The watches combine functionality, precision, and reliability making them suited for those who are limitless and unswervingly pursue their goals whether at the highest altitudes or in the deepest depths, in the freezing cold or sweltering heat.
We present here some of the key watches from the Raider Line.
This watch is for the diver who enjoys the mysterious underwater world with unfathomable depths. The watch focusses on making the important minutes easier and precise to read, and ensures that the diver does not make a mistake with the passing minute. Only one hand is rotating in front of the dial with bold indexes which indicates the passing minutes. Combined with this hand, the 20-minute scale on the unidirectional rotating bezel is the reminder of the remaining dive time. The diver needs to observe the only hand of the watch, that also points to the hour on the co-rotating ring. The interplay of hand and ring makes it easy to read the time. The Raider Harpoon comes with a helium valve that provides the necessary pressure balance inside the watch essential for the dive after spending several days underwater. The crown for the helium valve, manual winding of the automatic movement and setting the time, are positioned at 2 and 4 o’clock respectively. Powered by an automatic movement this watch is available with stainless steel or stainless steel with GUNMETAL PVD coating case. The watch comes with a screw-in crown; sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on both sides; and is water-resistant up to 500 m. One can choose from blue or black dials.
Raider Harpoon © Favre-Leuba
Raider Bathy 120 MemoDepth
In 1968, the vision of the perfect diver watch became reality with Bathy which was the first wristwatch with a membrane and a central hand making it possible to measure depth accurately. On the 50th anniversary of the original Bathy, the Raider Bathy 120 MemoDepth was introduced. The watch has a retrofuturistic design.
The watch features apertures in the case back that actually invite water inside. These openings are part of the depth gauge, which is hermetically separated from the movement. The concept is the compression of a specially designed membrane that is integrated into the case back. Water enters a separate chamber in the case back through the apertures, causing the membrane to compress as the pressure increases. The watch is water-resistant up to 200m. The built-in mechanical limiter ensures that neither the pressure membrane nor the depth gauge are damaged if the wearer dives deeper than the optimal range. Every professional diver watch is fitted with either an internal ring or external unidirectional bezel. The watch comes with a titanium case and rubber strap, with a black dial with blue dive sector marking, red indication for decompression stops, applied indexes, luminous indexes and hour and minute hands, blue hand for displaying depth.
Raider Bathy 120 MemoDepth © Favre-Leuba
Raider Bivouac 9000
In 1962, Favre-Leuba launched the world’s first mechanical wristwatch capable of measuring air pressure and altitudes of up to 3,000 meters above sea level. The timepiece that was extremely easy to use and read became a favourite of mountain climbers, pilots and explorers. The Raider Bivouac 9000 watch measures altitude with the aid of an aneroid barometer to the height 9,000 meters above sea level. The watch has a unique contemporary style and the case is made of lightweight hypoallergenic titanium. With a diameter of 48 mm, the watch case provides the perfect backdrop for the dial. Against the black background, the applied indexes and the striking hour and minute hands, which are white in daylight and glow in the dark, give the requisite readability. The deep red central hand, which with the scale on the bidirectional rotating bezel, indicates a climb in altitude of up to 3,000 m per rotation. Meanwhile, the small red hand on the subdial at 3 o’clock indicates altitude gain in steps of 1,000 m, up to a maximum of 9,000 m.
Raider Bivouac 9000 © WorldTempus / Anita Khatri
Favre-Leuba is the second-oldest Swiss watch brand and traces its origins to the workshop of Abraham Favre in Le Locle, which was first officially mentioned in 1737.Find out more >
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