Hands On: Favre-Leuba Raider Sea King
The Raider family of watches blends the latest advances in precision mechanics with a style reflective of perfection, performance and exemplary strength. Inspired by the brands’ legendary watches that broke new barriers in time-keeping performance, the Favre-Leuba’s design DNA is evident with the signature tetradecagon bezel, rectangular indices featured in the vintage Deep Blue watch, and the striking hands seen on Favre-Leuba’s Bathy timepiece.
The new line however is not limited to the design of the past but is skillfully reimagined creating a charismatic, contemporary look for today’s explorers.
This amalgamation of the past, transitions into the bold look of the future with its sharp lines and formidable size, creating a retro-futuristic design philosophy unique to Favre-Leuba.
The Raider Sea King incorporates the retro-futuristic design philosophy, transforming it to perfectly compliment both day and evening wear attire. The Sea King, along with its partner watch, the Sea Bird, features a fluted bezel, in addition to the signature tetradecagonal bezel. The multi-layered case resulting from these bezels, along with their interplay of polished and satin-brushed surfaces enables a creative contrast producing an emboldened style. The dynamic arc extending across the sides of the case from lug to lug is reflective of the connection from the historic accomplishments of the brand, to the present journey of consistent innovation.
True as a companion, the individuality of the time-keeper is a vital component in the design elements of the Sea King. Three different dial colors can be chosen from reflecting the spirit of the wearer: an understated gentle slate grey hue – discreet yet stylish midnight black or - a deep royal oceanic blue. The new watch displays the same design DNA with the large, rectangular, applied indexes and distinctive, easily readable, and luminous hands making a statement of the powerful functionality that lays under the cover. The flat sapphire crystal used on the Sea King is finished with a dual side anti-reflective coating ensuring clear visibility of time under all conditions.
Favre-Leuba’s legendary focus to the most minute detail covers every aspect of functionality and design, from ground-breaking engineering capabilities under the cover, to outer design values culminating in a unique mechanism ensuring Raider ‘s Sea King’s screw-in case back is perfectly aligned. The 100m water resistant watch is held snuggly onto the wrist due to its comfortable lug drop, which is further enhanced by the matching dial. A sporty, stainless steel bracelet features an end piece to attach to the stylish case. A soft antelope leather strap option is also available.
Favre-Leuba Raider Sea King
Movement: Automatic based on Eta caliber
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date display
Case: Stainless steel, sapphire crystal with antireflection coating on both sides, screwed and aligned case back, diameter: 41 mm, water-resistant up to 10 bar/100 m
Dial: Midnight Black, Oceanic Blue, Slate Grey
Bracelet: Option of Antelope Leather Strap or Stainless-Steel Metal Bracelet with Butterfly clasp
The price for the Favre-Leuba Raider Sea King starts from $1,900.