…and the watch was auctioned to raise money for the Khumbu Climbing Centre that supports the indigenous Sherpa and mountain guiding community in Nepal
Favre-Leuba’s ultra-rugged Raider Bivouac 9000 timepieces was sitting on the wrist of the world-class mountaineer Adrian Ballinger in May 2018, when he accomplished his Mt Everest climbing mission. Known for successfully completing eight summits of Mt Everest, Ballinger established astonishing speed records and became the first person to climb three 8,000-metre peaks in only three weeks.
Throughout Ballinger’s preparation and ascent, Favre-Leuba Bivouac 9000 altimeter watch was harnessed to his wrist. It’s internal mechanical air pressure and altitude system provided accurate barometric readings to Ballinger. And in 2018 it became the first mechanical altimeter wristwatch to accurately calculate altitude and time on the 8848-meter peak of Mt Everest.
Therefore, to celebrate this achievement, Favre-Leuba auctioned Ballinger’s Everest summit timepiece in Geneva on May 12, 2019. All funds raised from the auction will be donated to the Alex Lowe Foundation, which has set up the Khumbu Climbing Centre to support the indigenous community of Nepali Sherpas to make climbing and trekking in the mountains safer.
The Khumbu Climbing Centre trains climbers and high-altitude workers through education for technical climbing skills, wilderness first aid and state of the art rescue techniques. “The auction of the Favre-Leuba Bivouac 9000, that I wore at the summit of the Mt Everest is really significant for the Khumbu Climbing Centre. This is the most important school for training high-altitude workers, usually the Sherpas, who work on the 8000-meter peak in the Himalayas. Every year the school educates so many new Sherpas, who can work on the big mountains more safely, thanks to that education. This also adds more opportunities to earn higher wages. And so this watch auction will help to run that school and give more opportunities to the workers,” said Ardrian Ballinger, in an exclusive chat with TCRP team.
Recently, TCRP team took alpinist and Favre-Leuba ambassador Nicolas Hojac to the alpine peaks at the Bernese Alps to 3000 m to test the functioning of the new Bivouac 9000 Black at these heights. It offered an even clearer readability than its impressive predecessor. The functions comprise hours, minutes, small seconds, central hand to display altitudes of 3,000 m per full rotation, subdial for displaying altitudes of up to 9,000 m and air pressure in hPa, power-reserve indicator and date display. A must-have for all the climbing aspirants.