Four and a half years ago, I climbed my first mountain in the literal sense; six months later, I quit my day job to commit my life to #ConqueringFrontiers as a professional adventurer and storyteller. Ultimately, I aspired to climb the unclimbed in the Greater Ranges and teamed up with Swiss watch brand Favre-Leuba, my companion alpine watch on this adventure.
Favre-Leuba AG, the second oldest Swiss watch brand that is renowned for its tool watches such as the Bivouac and Bathy, and WISeKey International Holding Ltd (“WISeKey“) (SIX: WIHN; OTCQX: WIKYY), a cybersecurity IoT platform company, have partnered to implement the WISeAuthentic Blockchain edition to authenticate and protect Favre-Leuba’s watches and their owners.
Purchasing an exclusive Swiss watch is always a matter of great joy and pride, but this purchase comes with the concern that the timepiece maybe stolen or that the watch itself may not be an original. While most high-end watch brands find it extremely difficult to stop such acts, Favre-Leuba has taken steps to protect its watches. Reliable methods include the use of cutting-edge software or blockchain technology, which together with on-the-ground measures can ensure the authenticity of the watch. Moreover, if the watch is stolen, it can be traced thus making it difficult to be traded on the secondary market. This control is possible to practice because the identity of each watch is stored on an immutable ledger in the implemented system.
In 1962, Favre-Leuba introduced the world to a watch that redefined limits. It was the one of legendary watches of the 20th century – the Bivouac, the world’s first mechanical watch with an aneroid barometer. Fifty-five years later, celebrating the 280th anniversary of Favre-Leuba, a new Bivouac – the Raider Bivouac 9000 – was launched. Once again, a Bivouac redefines limits and sets a new standard in timepiece engineering with the creation of probably the best watch in the growing luxury sports and outdoor watch market.
Since its launch last year, the Bivouac has already broken records, reached new heights and won one of the most prestigious awards in the watch industry. It’s the features, capabilities and incredible feats of engineering that make the Bivouac 9000 a remarkable outdoor/adventure watch / tool that also tells the time like no other instrument.
In this three-part series – Satyarup Siddhanta –an asthmatic child, takes up the challenge to become a record-breaking mountaineer. The whys, the hows and the why-nots that have led him on adventures conquering the highest peaks on earth to exploring the ends of the world are captured here. If you’ve ever dreamt of exploring the unexplorabed, climbing to the highest heights or travelling to the ends of the earth – then this series is a must-read, whether you’re a mountaineer, explorer or home-bound dreamer and adventurer.
You Can Plan for Everything…
…but Mt. Everest is still Mt. Everest. If there is one takeaway from my eleventh season on the tallest mountain in the world, that is it. A season that seemed to be going perfectly, where the weather, the team’s strength, and my company Alpenglow Expedition’s logistics, came together for a perfect, almost easy summit. That’s when the unexpected, really the impossible, actually happened, and everything was out the window except survival. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
My team’s goal this year was to climb two 8000 meter peaks in less than a month. We began on Cho Oyu, the world’s 6th tallest peak, 8188m/26,864ft. I’ve summited and skied Cho Oyu twice before, but this season felt different. There were only thirty-ish total climbers on the mountain this season, and when we arrived in Base Camp (already acclimatized thanks to our Rapid Ascent system) no one had done any climbing on the mountain yet. But we only had one week before we needed to move across to Everest, so we dove in.