Motorcar enthusiasts now have a timepiece to complement their passion. The new Gorilla Fastback GT Mirage pays tribute to the automotive legend. The wristwatch was launched in 2016 as a unique and functional timepiece in a limited edition of the vehicle that is no longer available. We now take a closer look at this interesting new offering designed specifically for those with a passion for the Fastback GT Mirage.
The beauty of the intention
There is nothing pretentious about this straightforward iteration that portrays the intensity of our love for classic sports cars in a functional accessory that captures the essence of high-performance in motorsports represented in a timepiece that has the aesthetic of a gauge that would be set inside the dashboard of the Fastback GT Mirage. The timepiece features materials that one would expect to find in a high-end and costlier example. It bears the duties of sensibility while paying the utmost respect to its inspiration in a fun and novel accessory that is not only practical but comfortable on the wrist in a limited edition.
The best place to begin our examination is with the fascinating and unique case that measures 44mm in width that extends to 48.5mm when you include the crown guard. It’s made of woven forged carbon materials which are reminiscent of the materials used in the creation of the Fastback GT Mirage. The anodized pinstripe in orange is surrounded by a powder blue bezel. A sapphire crystal glass protects the dial and offers anti-reflective treatment to enhance the legibility of the dial in bright sunlight. The case back is made of titanium materials. It features a sapphire crystal window that allows admirers of the Fastback GT Mirage to view the inner workings of the movement. The case is water resistant up to 100 meters.
The bezel and dial
The bezel is made of ceramic, anodized aluminum and titanium materials. It’s recessed below the chunky square case that features screwed stays attaching it to the case. Immediately beneath the fixed bezel, you find the minute and second marks neatly encircling the outer part of the dial with thicker indications at five-minute increments. The dial has the design one would expect to see in a dashboard gauge. Add to this a skeletonized hour disk on the dial with twenty-four brushed rhodium tinted metallic tinted numbers vertically brushed on a multilayered dial.
The movement is an inexpensive Miyota 90S5 and is self-winding running at 4 Hz with a power reserved of approximately 42 hours. The functions are hours, minutes and seconds. Garcia kept the cost low with this proven and dependable power source that doesn’t break the bank in order to keep the cost to a cool $1,150 in USD.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Gorilla Fastback GT Mirage is that it is made of unusual materials for a wrist-watch. While one would expect to find titanium and less commonly ceramic, the woven forged carbon adds a new twist and sense of realism to the timepiece.
The look of the watch is bold and daring and it is obvious at a glance that much thought has gone into each detail of the watch. It is the perfect melding of motorsports and horology and the two themes work together in perfect harmony, just as you would expect the Vehicle to perform at high levels, no less is expected from the wrist-watch. Garcia’s Gorilla watch manufacturing company is onto something special with this limited edition. For those of you who are not aware, Garcia was under the employ of Audemars Piguet for a period of time and brings with him sensibilities for fine watchmaking. His desire maintains a low cost will give the watch an appeal to a wider audience of motorsports enthusiasts. Although not everyone’s cup of tea, the Fastback GT Mirage will definitely land in the wheelhouse of a specific group. Luminescent spots are placed on the dial as well as the hands to guarantee high visibility in low light and dark conditions.
The Fastback GT Mirage is a brilliant expression of a master’s interpretation of the well-loved automobile from the past. It’s a unique iteration that offers a novel approach to timekeeping for those with a passion for motorsports.