Favre-Leuba specialises in watches that will survive in the deepest depths of the ocean and the highest mountain peaks of the world, and is stretching that reputation with its latest addition to the Raider Bivouac 9000 family, a mechanical wristwatch collection capable of measuring altitudes of up to 9,000m above sea level. Mount Everest is 8,848 metres high.
Since its launch, the Raider Bivouac 9000 has made a name for itself as a reliable companion even under extreme conditions. “Even under the harshest conditions, the Bivouac 9000 performed flawlessly all the way to the summit,” noted the famous American mountaineer Adrian Ballinger after his ascent to Mount Everest in May 2018, where he, his team, and his wristwatch were exposed to temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius.
The 2019 model has a new look in black that contrasts with a safety reflector strap. Its 48mm case is made of titanium, which makes it light and strong. Its dial is designed for readability of its multiple functions in extreme conditions with a black background and white, glow in the dark, markers.
The sub dials for the altimeter and the air-pressure display at 3 o’clock, for the small-seconds dial at 9 o’clock, and for the power reserve indications at 12 o’clock are sharp black with clean white hands.
The 2019 model will sell for £6,900.