We are extending our intrepid journey during this year’s Baselworld 2019 fair by paying a well-deserved visit to the Edox booth. We were warmly received by Christian Hotz, International Marketing & Sales Director for Edox Swiss Watches to discover this year’s novelties.
Mr. Hotz kindly talked to us about this year’s important celebration for the Edox watch brand and also discuss their brand new release the new “SKYDIVER MILITARY”. With such a wealth of history and watchmaking expertise, 2019 is an important year for the Edox brand, as the company proudly celebrates its 135th anniversary.
History of the brand
Founded in 1884 by Christian Ruefli-Flury, Edox has a fascinating history; the watch brand has been able to capture for over a century the world’s imagination by consistently producing cutting edge and high-quality timepieces. From the world’s first combined display in a world timer to a world-record holder for an ultra-flat movement featuring a calendar display, not forgetting their Chronograph pusher that can be operated underwater and the world’s first chronograph featuring a gullwing design. A long list of watchmaking achievements for this one of a kind watchmaker from “Les Genevez, Switzerland”.
Today Edox has become a household name globally, capable of keeping an eye open on their rich heritage and looking proudly to the future. The Edox brand is well known for capturing collectors and aficionados imaginations alike and the following quote set’s the tone of these watchmaking masters. “Edox. A company shaped over time. A company shaping time.”
Back in Baselworld 2019 with this year’s novelties and following the 135th anniversary of the brand, the research & development team had decided to dig deep into their historical archives; they discovered sketches of a long-lost timepiece, “the SkyDiver.” An interesting message written on the accompanying scroll said “1973. Special production in strictly limited edition.” To make more sense and gain more insights into this mysterious watch they called in an old retired Edox watchmaker to shed more light on this secret project.
The New SkyDiver 2019
Rumours had been circulating that a wealthy Swiss Colonel commissioned the limited production of the SkyDiver timepiece, this mysterious senior officer needed a one of a kind wristwatch to be developed for his elite mountain paratroopers. He knew that he could count on the reputation and expertise of Edox to produce state of the art water-resistant watch that could still be reliable even in the toughest of conditions.
The brand new SkyDiver 2019 timepiece is powered by an automatic three-hand Swiss movement calibre 80. The 300m water-resistant SkyDiver features a divers’ bezel and a parachute motif-engraved case back. The two-millimetre thick sapphire crystal and Superluminova X1 on hands and indexes guarantee’s a scratch resistance and readability in the most stringent conditions. Reminiscing of its 1970s predecessor, the 2019 SkyDiver is a strictly limited edition to 555 pieces.
The new 2019 SkyDiver comes with a luxurious leather pouch, which includes an additional interchangeable vintage leather strap. Offering collectors of vintage military memorabilia a chance to stand out and maybe experience some of the secretive Swiss colonel’s vision.
Interview of “Christian Hotz” by “Pascal Grenacher”
This article was written by “Alberic Virchaux”