Fortis has launched its centennial 'Space Art' contest, giving fans the opportunity to win an exclusive seat in a parabolic flight.
The competition, which is part of the brand's 100th anniversary celebrations, will allow the winner to experience weightlessness on earth. Scientists from the German Aerospace Center will be present during the flight, to perform several 'zero-G' experiments.
To enter the competition, entrants must express their "ideas and feelings related to space" with a piece of art work. They are encouraged to "think outside the box", with Fortis listing "objects, films, photos, paintings and UFOs" as acceptable entries to the contest. Work should be uploaded to the dedicated Zero-G Space Art Contest website, where the online community will vote for their favourites.
The first prize winner will also receive a Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts Chronograph, the official watch of the Russian Space Program. The watch is equipped with Swiss-made Valjoux 7750 automatic calibre, and it has a fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber. Other features include a day and date display, unidirectional turning bezel, tachymeter scale, and scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating. The stainless steel case measures 42 mm, and each watch is individually numbered.
An additional Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts Day Date Titanium will be won by a voter in the competition. The timepiece has a 42 mm titanium case, with a unidirectional bezel and scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating. Movement is the Swiss-made ETA 2836-2 automatic calibre, and it includes a fine timing device and Incabloc shock absorber. The watch comes with a rubber strap and is individually numbered.