F-43 Jumping Hour – effectiveness as a watch questionable

Fortis is to launch the F-43 Jumping Hour. An interesting concept. Can’t be used as a real watch though as you can only see the time at the appointed hour when the aperture reveals itself – I’ll pass.

The Fortis F-43 Jumping Hour features a disc with a view window on its dial. As the disc turns once per hour, the aperture reveals the relevant hour digit on the underlying dial below. Two model variations are available: the F-43 Jumping Hour Black, which has a black disc with a concentric circle design; and the F-43 Jumping Hour Transparent, with a skeletonised dial and a transparent disc. On both versions a central hand indicates the minutes. The watch has a case diameter of 43 mm, and has a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. It is powered by F-2024 Swiss automatic movement, and comes with a stainless steel bracelet or black leather strap. It is water resistant to 200 metres.


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