In collaboration with t Swiss watchmaker Fortis, Volkswagen designers have developed a new high-tech chronograph: the Fortis Spaceleader Chronograph by Volkswagen Design.
This automatic chronograph unites visionary ideas of the Volkswagen automotive group with precision clockworks from the Swiss Fortis brand. The result is striking and has already been distinguished by the “iF product design award,” “red dot design award” and “Good Design Award” during 2010.
The creative team at Volkswagen was commissioned to prepare a concept for the new Spaceleader by Fortis. Transferring future automotive-related design forms to the chronograph expanded into a new dimension. The result is a micro-mechanic precision clockwork, embedded in black caoutchouc, with a butterfly folding clasp. It also has a mirror-finish polished steel watch casing, as well as sapphire glass with double-sided anti-reflective coating.
Three of the most renowned design awards had already been bestowed upon the timepiece. It got the coveted "iF product design award 2010," which has constituted the hallmark of fine design since 1953. Furthermore, it was honored by the "red dot design award – honorable mention 2010" and the "Good Design Award" of the Athenaeum Museum Chicago; the most senior among the three prizes mentioned – this prize was established in 1950 and has been bestowed in various categories for excellent design ever since. Thus, not only purist watch lovers crave the limited edition (only 2,012 units will be produced) but those who think outside the box will also be thrilled by it.