Volkswagen Design Releases the FORTIS Spaceleader Chronograph

Volkswagen has released a new high-tech chronograph, developed in collaboration with the Swiss watchmaker FORTIS. Called the FORTIS Spaceleader Chronograph by Volkswagen Design, the automatic watch is the result of a blend between the two companies’ visions.

The product uses micro mechanic precision engineering, is embedded in black natural rubber and comes with a butterfly folding clasp. Its polished steel casing uses a mirror finish, while its sapphire glass wears an anti-reflective coating

The creative team at Volkswagen was commissioned to prepare a concept for the new Spaceleader by the tradition-rich FORTIS brand. By transferring future automotive-related design forms to the design concept of the chronograph, the very notion of a "wristwatch" was expanded into a new dimension,” the press release stated, explaining how the new product was born.

The chronograph has already received three prestigious awards before its official presentation. The first is the “iF product design award 2010”, a distinction which recognizes design brilliance since 1953. This was followed by the “red dot design award - honorable mention 2010” and the “GOOD DESIGN Award” of the Athenaeum Museum Chicago. The last one is the most important distinction of the three. It was established in 1950 and has been recognizing various design assets, split in multiple categories, ever since. The company says that the awards will please “those free spirits who think out of the box and individualists

The FORTIS Spaceleader Chronograph by Volkswagen Design will be produced in a limited edition of 2,012 units, in order to offer a certain level of exclusivity to each owner.
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