What Page and Cooper Wear: Joshua Hill
For our second iteration of ‘What Page & Cooper Wear” it’s my turn! I always tell my customers that whilst I am very lucky to have such an enviable job, it is simultaneously very dangerous. Being surrounded by beautiful timepieces, my shopping list grows longer by the day…
Amongst all of the temptation though, I felt particularly drawn to the captivating new Fortis Classic Cosmonauts Chronograph. From the moment I saw pictures of the ﬁrst prototype, I wanted one.
OK, confession time. I admit that I couldn’t control myself when the ﬁrst batch arrived.
Six weeks, and a rather empty wallet later, here I am. But I have no regrets!
I chose the ‘P.M.’ model, which features a charcoal dial, and the new Ceramic Tachymeter bezel.
For me, the watch is immediately evocative of Fortis’ strong lineage and association with space travel - but knowing Fortis’ watchmakers very well, I am only acutely aware of the extraordinary extent to which the Cosmonaut Chronograph model has been redesigned and overhauled for 2016.
For those of you new to Fortis, models from their Cosmonautis Collection have quietly remained part of the standard issue equipment for Russian Cosmonaut travel since 1994. This model is in itself consistent with founder Walter Vogt’s pioneering vision for a superlative and reliable Swiss watch, which is engineered to tolerate extreme conditions with ease.
This means that it is a watch that I have not been afraid to ‘wear in’. We don’t baby watches here at the ofﬁce, and in fact I’m rather clumsy. Thankfully the Ceramic bezel is super strong and very scratch resistant indeed, particularly when faced with conditions as extreme as “door handles” or “British weather”.
Don’t be afraid to customise too - as you can see I wear mine on the versatile Page & Cooper sandstone rubber NATO, and I hope you’ll agree it looks terriﬁc.
Fortis carefully regulate and decorate the Valjoux 7750 heart of this watch, which is as you would expect supremely accurate. The chronograph is particularly joyous to use as well - the vintage screw-down pushers ensure that it is not accidentally actuated, but they operate with a crisp snap once disengaged.
As I hope the pictures convey, Fortis have also spent a lot of time making this watch beautiful. There is an alchemy of polishing and brushing on the redesigned case, and the dial is textured with sun-ray chronograph sub-dials. Raised applied polished markers and hands catch the light in the day, and sheen with super-luminova in low light conditions.
And, if you are concerned about the proportions, please don’t be! This is a 42mm watch in diameter, but the tapered lugs and slim proﬁle make it so very comfortable. And to be honest if it can look good on my wrist then it’s going to look smashing on yours.
To summarise, Fortis have made an aesthetically beautiful modern chronograph with poise and elegance. It is imperious when you want it to be, but quietly metronomic when that is what you require of it.
The Fortis Classic Cosmonauts Chronograph is a great watch. But I think it’s even more than that. It gives you that special feeling, and maybe that’s why I haven’t been able to take it off of my wrist.
Below you can watch my video review of the watch for a few more of my initial thoughts on this stunning timepice.
If you have any further questions, please contact us here, and as usual we’ll be more than happy to help.