Formex Watch SA, the Lengnau-based inventor of the patented active case suspension system, puts a double focus on speed. The company created a watch in collaboration with the fastest human being in the "speed tracking" discipline, an accelerated variant of skydiving. For many years, with its 4speed logo element, Formex has expressed its affinity with speed.

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The Swiss Marc Hauser posted a record in horizontal free fall.
He accelerated his own body in the air to a forward speed of 304 km / h [188.9 mph]

The Bernese skydiver Marc Hauser (40) jumped from an altitude of 4,000 m [13,120 feet] above sea level from a plane. He flew forward in an oblique descent by adopting a stretched body position and without additional gear. He reached a top speed of 304 km / h [188.9 mph] above the ground with his body alone in mid-air. To date, he is the fastest man in forward flight without additional gear. This record sets a first milestone in the still fledgling sport of speed tracking.

Speed Tracking
Speed Tracking is a new skydiving discipline, somewhat reminiscent of Superman's flying skills. The aim is achieving the greatest possible forward speed in free fall relative to the ground. The skydiver's motto is "free flight instead of free fall". The normal vertical speed of a skydiver is about 180 km/h [112 mph]. In Speed Tracking, however, skydivers accelerate their horizontal flight.

Speed measurement is performed via GPS and subsequent ground data analysis. Before landing, forward flight is slowed down and the parachute deploys at a regular skydiving altitudes, i.e. about 800m [2,625 feet]. Marc Hauser is the initiator of this high-speed flight variation, which he himself has named "Speed Tracking".

March Hauser's record statement
"The feeling of flying with speed tracking comes very close to the original flying desire: flying with your own body, without additional help. Entire towns can be overflown at incredible speed; free fall becomes almost free flight for several kilometers and longer distances. At these high speeds, the idea of turning suffices to fly this at the end of the speed track; a stunningly impressive experience"!

Related link: Freefly Skydiving Speed World Record - Speed Tracking

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Formex Watch SA - New: Speed Tracking collection

Formex Watch SA, the Lengnau-based inventor of the patented active case suspension system, puts a double focus on speed. The company created a watch in collaboration with the fastest human being in the "speed tracking" discipline, an accelerated variant of skydiving. For many years, with its 4speed logo element, Formex has expressed its affinity with speed.

Formex Watch SA and speed tracking record holder Marc Hauser are a perfect match in every respect. Both are inspired by speed and known for repeatedly testing the limits. In speed tracking, the athlete jumps out of an aircraft and attempts to attain the highest possible forward ground speed without any means of propulsion or equipment like a wingsuit.

It is thus not surprising that the watchmaking company in Lengnau joined forces with Marc Hauser to create a timepiece that leaves nothing to be desired for the ambitious speed tracker. Marc Hauser is thrilled: "Speed tracking is a discipline that invariably involves precision, speed, and innovation. Watches embody the same attributes. Especially at Formex SA, because all three properties come together there: precision, speed in the logo, and the development of the innovative suspension system. What I share with Formex Watch SA is the enthusiasm for bold accomplishments and the determination to always give my best. It was a very interesting experience for me to contribute to the development of my own watch and to discover the technology integrated in a Formex timepiece."

The watches in the Speed Tracking collection embody all of the characteristics of a typical Formex. With a diameter of 46.5 mm, they rank among the larger calibers. The message of the prominent stainless steel case, polished or PVD-coated in black, is clear: ruggedness. The dials are well organized, superbly legible, and color-coordinated with the cases. Speed Tracking models are available with chronograph self-winding mechanical ETA movements or, at lower cost, with Ronda chronograph quartz movements.

Hans-Peter Grädel, CEO Formex Watch SA: "For me, it was a great pleasure and a formidable challenge to create a watch that lives up to the requirements of the new speed tracking discipline. We crafted it with durable, high-grade materials, and its quality will also appeal to our customers in everyday settings on the ground, so to speak. For us, it's another milestone in the young history of Formex Watch SA. Never before has our brand been so clearly associated with speed."

Speed Tracking watches are available from Formex retailers or can be ordered online at Marc Hauser's website www.speed-tracking.com.

from sfr. 799 (Quarz movement)
from sfr. 1999 (ETA movement)
Limited Edition sfr. 2299 (304 pieces)

Related link: Formex - Swiss Watches