Introducing the Favre-Leuba Raider Bathy 120 MemoDepthBy Keith W. Strandberg
When CEO Thomas Morf brought the legendary watch brand Favre-Leuba back to life, we here at Revolution rejoiced. Favre-Leuba is an important brand from Switzerland’s watchmaking past, and Morf claimed at the launch event in BaseL two years ago that he wouldn’t be content to just reproduce the brand’s iconic watches, instead promising to push the boundaries of watchmaking, like the original company did.
This year at Baselworld, Favre Leuba introduced the Raider Bathy 120 MemoDepth, which keeps his pledge and marks another milestone for the new Favre Leuba.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Favre-Leuba’s original Bathy, the first wristwatch with a central hand that made it possible to measure depth accurately. Clearly inspired by that original Bathy, the new Raider Bathy 120 MemoDepth takes things to the next level with a forward-looking design including a nod to the past.
The new Bathy does exactly what all dive watches have always endeavored to stop – it lets water into the watch. Certainly, the movement is sealed from the depth gauge, but the gauge itself allows water into a chamber in the caseback, which causes a membrane to compress as the pressure increases. A mechanical contact sensor inside the watch “reads” this compression and the depth gauge hand displays it, up to 120 meters (more than double the original Bathy). The new Bathy also as a mechanical depth memory feature, which records and stores the maximum depth of your dive until you clear it with a screw-in pusher at four o’clock.
The Raider Bathy 120 MemoDepth is water resistant to 200 meters and includes a unidirectional rotating bezel, qualifying this timepiece as a serious diving watch.
Powered by the FL321 hand-wound movement, the Raider Bathy 120 MemoDepth has a power reserve of 65 hours, along with a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock.
The Raider Bathy 120 MemoDepth continues the Favre-Leuba promise of providing timepieces that propel watchmaking forward.