Fortis is deeply involved in the world of aviation and, since 1994, is playing an important part in the Euromir mission. Thanks to the quality and reliability of its products, even in the harshest conditions, the Fortis Official Cosmonauts Chronograph has been selected by the Yurin A. Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Centre to be the official watch of their Cosmonauts and as thus will be the official timekeeper for the Alpha 2001 space station project (developed by Russia, the USA, Canada and 10 European countries) to be launched in 1997. Certified as a chronometer, this chronograph is equipped with an automatic movement permitting the use of a second timezone function (GMT) or an additional 24-hour hand. Each model is numbered and delivered with C.O.S.C. and quality-control certificates.