Favre-Leuba cuts its Raider Harpoon dive watch down to size


Favre-Leuba, which claims to be Switzerland’s second-oldest watch brand, is best-known for ultra-tough watches used by divers and mountaineers.

But with sports watches so hot in office right now, the brand has created its Raider Harpoon in a more city-friendly 42mm size.

That isn’t to say that the 2019 Raider Harpoon will let anybody down deep beneath the waves. It is still, fundamentally a dive watch.

“When we decided to launch the Raider Harpoon in a smaller 42mm size, we had to think how to create the new timepiece without changing the design and the proportions of the original. Most importantly, we didn’t want to compromise on the readability. To avoid having a much thicker watch, we reduced the water-resistance parameter from 500m to 300m. The proportions stayed the same and we still have a very impressive diving functionality,” says Favre-Leuba’s technology engineer Urs Gottscheu.

It comes in either a stainless steel or gunmetal PVD coated steel case with anodized aluminum unidirectional bezel and a blue or black dial.

The CHF 3400 watch can be worn on a steel bracelet with diving extension or a rubber strap. They are sold only online in the United States.




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