Introducing the Favre-Leuba Bivouac 9000, Featuring a Mechanical Altimeter

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Once a prominent name in Swiss watchmaking, Favre-Leuba was rebooted last year. After a hiatus of several years, the brand put on its first exhibition at Baselworld in March 2017. Amongst the new launches was the Bivouac 9000, a technically interesting yet affordable watch for mountaineers that features a built-in altimeter.

The Bivouac 9000 is one of the first watches from the relaunched brand, which is still in the early days of its resurrected. Though Favre-Leuba produced more than half a million watches annually in its heyday before the Quartz Crisis, it was dormant for several years, after repeated changes in ownership. Things only started moving again when new management was installed in 2015 by Titan, the watchmaking subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Tata Group that bought the Swiss brand in 2011.

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