Based on the original watch that went up the mountain in 1953, the HP1 is the first model since the reincarnation of H.P. Hercules. Below you can find out more about the details of this timepiece.
Old German Advertisement
Here you can see an old ad from Henzi & Pfaff advertising the watch that went up the mountain. If you look closely, you can see that the dial and hands are very strongly influenced by the original watch. Numeral indexes on the 3 – 6 – 9 and 12 hours, bright white dial, “sword” hands for the hour and minutes and finally a long central second hand. The second hand is colored in a dark blood red color, memorating the people who didn’t return from the Nanga Parbat.
The movement is specially made for Hercules in collaboration with Manufacture horlogère Vallée de Joux in the middle of the Swiss Jura mountains. This hand wound movement is extra special due to two barrels bringing extra power to the geartrain. This makes it possible to keep running for 120 hours (5 days) when fully wound. The alpinism part comes from the height lines of the Nanga Parbat (like on an old map) engraved in the bridges, filled with BGW9 SuperLuminova. This lights up bright blue in the night, memorating the permafrost on the top of the mountain.