Hands-On – The Comeback of Favre-Leuba & the Retro-Inspired Raider Harpoon Dive Watch

Hands-On – The Comeback of Favre-Leuba & the Retro-Inspired Raider Harpoon Dive Watch

The Raider Harpoon is a contemporary recovery of Favre-Leuba’s rich plunge watch custom. Torpid for various years, we were enjoyably astonished a couple of months prior to find that this celebrated brand was dynamic by and by, kicking things off with a sublime, retro-themed jump watch assortment. Its intense, particular plan is upgraded by striking tones, a remarkable time show and a double crown: meet the Favre-Leuba Raider Harpoon.

The return of the phoenix?

The underlying foundations of Favre-Leuba go as far back as the mid 18th century, with an authentic and distinguished past. In the course of recent years be that as it may, the brand has been fairly calm. Subsequent to changing hands a few times, it was gained by Titan Company Limited in 2011, and is currently overseen by Thomas Morf (beforehand with Bucherer and Hanhart). A visit to its base camp in Solothurn, and the chance to experience the brand’s most recent manifestations, had us with the feeling that something intriguing is going on at Favre-Leuba. Its freshest plunge watch assortment is to be sure super-cool – and specifically the ‘Harpoon’ model that we are reviewing here.

The new Favre-Leuba Raider Harpoon

The first thing to get your attention with the Harpoon is, obviously, its peculiar 1960s-propelled plan with striking colors and round dial, housed in a retro-modern barrel shape case. It will not be as everybody would prefer. Actually, I should admit a soft spot for this sort of plan. Each to their own! Its offbeat showcase is in any case captivating, if from the start somewhat confounding. There is just a solitary hand, which at the same time shows the minutes and hours, the last of which are shown on a pivoting plate outlining the dial. A little, focal pointer permits you to see that your watch is running (which is key for a plunge watch, to meet with ISO 6425). It’s hard to clarify, so watch the accompanying video, which makes things clear.

Powering this time sign is a programmed development (in view of the solid Sellita SW200) with a restrictive module. A few plan signals for the dial and hands are enlivened from customary Favre-Leuba styles (check the Bathy and Deep Blue above). It comes in dark or blue and highlights pretty noteworthy ‘Lume’.

46 mm in distance across and 16.5 mm thick, the Favre-Leuba Raider Harpoon’s steel case is monstrous yet wears quite well. It includes a bi-shading, unidirectional bezel to monitor jumping time. It is made of anodized aluminum and casings a twofold AR-covered sapphire precious stone. The double crown looks incredible, one of these being really the helium get away from valve. The crown is situated at 4 o’clock for simpler activities while the helium help valve was situated by balance and engraved with the gas image He.

The case back is in a bad way to guarantee a 500-meter water obstruction rating. A pleasant touch, it is additionally adjusted: the logo and various markings are consistently upstanding similarly situated as opposed to situated arbitrarily which is regularly the situation for screwed case backs.

The Raider Harpoon is worn on an incorporated elastic lash with pin clasp, or with a metal wristband with wellbeing collapsing catch with jumping augmentation framework. Calfskin lashes are additionally available. Prices are: CHF 4,450 for steel on elastic strap, CHF 4,750 for Gun metal PVD-steel on elastic tie, CHF 4,950 for steel on wristband. For more data, visit www.favre-leuba.com .


Technical particulars – Favre-Leuba Raider Harpoon

  • Case: 46 mm measurement x 16.5 mm thick – steel case – unidirectional turning bezel – screw-in crown – sapphire precious stone with antireflective covering – Helium help valve – screwed and adjusted case back – Water impervious to 50 ATM/500m.
  • Movement: mechanical development with programmed winding (Sellita SW200 base with Favre-Leuba module) – 38h force save – 28’800 vibrations/h – 26 gems – Functions: hours, minutes and seconds.
  • Strap:  elastic with pin clasp or steel arm band with security collapsing fasten and jumping augmentation system.
  • Price: CHF 4,450 for steel on elastic lash, CHF 4,750 for Gun metal PVD-steel on elastic tie, CHF 4,950 for steel on bracelet