Gorilla is a relatively new watchmaking company. I has only been in existence since 2016. With just 4 years as an official brand it is off to a remarkably good start. Gorilla has recently introduced a new model that is creating a stir in horological circles. The Gorilla Fastback Drift Mirage Wandering Hours is its latest offering. To more fully acquaint you with this unique and perhaps revolutionary timepiece, here are 10 things that you didn’t know about it, to bring you up to speed on the new sensation.
1. The watch is Swiss inspired
Octavio Garcia is the founder of Gorilla. Prior to launching his own watchmaking company, he served as the creative director for Audemars Piguet. He worked for several years in Switzerland and studied product design in the country. In addition to this, the American who is a native of Chicago worked with Omega in 1999. He partnered with an industrial designer named Lukas Gopp and Garcia himself has experience with Ralph Lauren Watches, and IWC. His goal is to produce high-quality, reliable and affordable luxury watches.
2. The complication dates back centuries
The wandering hours complication that is featured in the Gorilla Fastback Drift Wandering Hours dates back to the year 1656. The Campanus brothers of Italy created the complication for Pope Alexander XII in a clock that was made for the pontiff. This was the first known use of wandering hours, followed by a clock made in 1680, now housed at Urwerk in Geneva, Switzerland. It has also been utilized by Audemars Piguet in the early 1990s and most recently, by Gorilla with their first use in the 2018 Fastback GT Mirage.
3. The movement is imported
The movement has been produced for the Gorilla company exclusively by Manufacture Vaucher, known for expensive movement and complication components. It is an ETA 2824 modified with the G-5238 wandering hours module with wandering hours functions. The style in manual and automatic winding with 25 jewels beating at a rate of 28,800 vph. The diameter of the movement is 25.6 mm. The power reserve is 38 hours.
4. It’s a large sized watch
The case is made of Ceramic material in powder blue, anodized aluminum and forged carbon materials. The case back is made of titanium with engraving. The width of the case is 44 mm but when you factor in the crown guards, it’s pushed to 48.5 mm. It measures 57 mm lug to lug distance with a depth of 13.9 mm.
5. The dial is interesting
One of the most eye-catching aspects of this timepiece is the unique stylization of the dial. th base plate is hand-milled with satellites and rehaut on the dial in aluminum material and a hand chamfered carrier for the satellites. The appearance is a real conversation starter and it’s not your traditional presentation, but this is what makes the Gorilla Fastback Drift so special.
6. It’s legible in the dark
The satellites and minutes sections have been treated with luminescent material to give the watch high legibility in all types of lighting environments. Gorilla has applied Black Super-Lumi Nova on these two sections to enhance readability and present the time in a warm glow when it’s dark outside.
7. The Gorilla Fastback Drift Mirage Wandering Hours is easy to read in bright light
Although it’s important to be able to read the time in darker conditions, it’s also important to be able to read it during the day time. Often the glare from bright lights can make it difficult to read the dial of a watch, and flashes can also be hard on the eyes when the sun is terribly bright. Gorilla took care of this issue by treating the front and back of the watch with a protective covering of sapphire crystals. Each are treated with double antireflective coating. This cuts down and often eliminates the flash back and glare of an untreated crystal.
8. The Gorilla Fastback Drift Mirage Wandering Hours is racing inspired
Just as the previous GT edition of this watch gave a nod to The Ford GT 40 that won at Le Mans, the 2020 edition carries on the tradition. This is a new model within the Fastback collection. It continues the blue and orange colored theme to say well done to the Ford. It does feature a new “chassis” that is distinctly a telling of time in the language and presentation that race car drivers can truly appreciate.
9. A few other notable features
It’s important to note that the Gorilla Fastback Drift Mirage Wandering Hours is only rated at a water-resistant depth of 100 meters. This is 330 feet. It means that it can be worn snorkeling, swimming, in the shower and other shallow water activities. It’s not recommended for deep dives. The strap is Viton in two colors with a titanium buckle.
10. This is a limited edition
The Gorilla Fastback Drift Mirage Wandering Hours is a brand new release with a personality that is all its own. If you’ve already begun collection Gorilla watches, this is one that you will likely want to add to the collection. It’s an exclusive watch with a strict limitation on the total number of examples to be produced. Just 250 pieces of this model will ever be made for release throughout the world. It is offered on a first-come first-served basis.
The Gorilla Fastback Drift Mirage Wandering Hours has already been released. Although we’ve not yet heard how many examples have already been taken, this is a model that was a highly collectible timepiece from the moment of its launch with so few numbers in existence. The watch is available for a cost of $3,750, which is considered to be quite affordable for a luxury watch of its caliber. With proper care and maintenance this is a watch that is likely to increase in its value with the passage of time. Although the brand is new, the designers and engineers are no rookies when it comes to fine precision and innovative watchmaking.