Favre-Leuba will be auctioning Adrian Ballinger’s Everest summit timepiece
The long-established brand, Favre-Leuba, has announced it will be auctioning Adrian Ballinger’s Everest summit timepiece via Antiquorum, Geneva on the 12th of May 2019.
Unusually, Adrian Ballinger’s Everest summit timepiece has been exhaustively tested in real-world conditions, accurately displaying the altitude and time at 8848m.
Throughout the watch industry, timepieces are tested for water resistance under simulated conditions. Some watches are subjected to shock tests by dropping them from a known height or striking them with a swinging mallet. There are several brands which possess their own laboratory facilities or subcontract testing to a third party. Quite simply, behind the scenes there are extensive quality controls used to validate the claims made at the time of sale.
One reason for simulated tests is that it is not always practical to expose a watch to hostile conditions while affixed to someone’s wrist.
The Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 is endowed with an altimeter scale, air pressure display and power-reserve indicator. The watch is the perfect tool for those intrepid types, eager to summit legendary mountains. Not only have the capabilities of this timepiece been tested within the confines of a laboratory but, more pertinently, the watch has been worn by Adrian Ballinger, a world-class mountaineer, while scaling the treacherous heights of Everest.
‘In 2018, the Favre-Leuba Raider Bivouac 9000 became the first mechanical altimeter wristwatch to accurately calculate altitude and time on the 8848 metre peak of Mount Everest’. This watch, devoid of any potentially problematic electronics, is powered solely by a mechanical movement. This was a necessary pre-requisite, owing to the extreme environment where temperatures of -40°C are common. Moreover, the watch was worn by Bellinger as he entered the chillingly entitled ‘death zone’. This term refers to altitudes in excess of 8000 metres where there is insufficient oxygen for humans to breath.
The actual watch, worn by Adrian Ballinger, will be auctioned at the prestigious venue of Antiquorum, Geneva on the 12th of May 2019. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Khumbu Climbing Centre, a cause dedicated to teaching a wide range of mountain skills to the local Nepali community. This instruction encompasses such topics as mountain safety and rescue, wilderness first aid, technical climbing knowledge and English skills.
The watch (lot number: STWWa) will be available to preview in Hong Kong (29.4 and 30.4), Taiwan (2.5 and 3.5) and Geneva (9.5, 10.5 and 11.5). The online catalogue will be available from the 29th April on www.antiquorum.swiss
Seldom does a watch undergo such hostile, ‘real-world’ testing and rarely does a piece of watchmaking history become available for the delectation of horophiles and climbers alike. This is a golden opportunity not to be missed.