The Devil's in the Detail
The design process of the GMT was relatively quick, mainly because we knew exactly what we wanted to create: a case design that built upon our learnings to deliver an eye-catching, comfortable, discreet and compact watch; a box-profile Sapphire crystal to bring as much light into the dial as possible; bold colours and uncomplicated dial design; textures and finishes that exude quality and craftsmanship; and an overall balanced and considered design.
We believe we’ve achieved it, for the GMT sings on the wrist. The case size is bold yet wears neatly, thanks to the short lug-to-lug dimension and the bezel shrinking the dial diameter. Light plays on the chamfered edge of the bezel with brushed textures diffusing the light just so, to make the case sparkle. The box Sapphire floods the dial with light, emphasising the sandpaper textured dial, as well as the various levels, angles and complexities within. Applied indices - polished, chamfered and filled with luminous compound - catch the revolving light and stand proud above the dial surface. Depth, dynamics and a feeling of completeness follow.
The Miyota 9075 is what’s referred to as a 'true' GMT. This means the main hour hand can jump in hour increments, forward or back, to change the “local” time to whatever you fancy. The 24-hour GMT hand remains in place, slowly revolving around the dial showing your ‘home’ time.
The alternative GMT movement features a jumping 24-hour hand, with the main hour hand remaining in place; it’s easier to jump the hand that isn’t as obvious for referencing other time zones. This is termed an ‘office’ GMT. We like the authenticity and connection to the history of the 'true' GMT watch, and although 'true' GMT movements are typically more complex to manufacture, Miyota have done a fantastic job in designing a truly incredible calibre.
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The Perfect Companion
The GMT has remained something of a constant in the watch world since its original release in 1954; it was initially designed as a means for Pan Am pilots to keep track of two time zones: where they were travelling both to and from.
The concept has developed over the years - for example with the introduction of a GMT hand independent of the hour hand - as have commercial travel and globalisation, which means there are more reasons than ever to own a GMT watch. Whether you’re keeping track of a time zone in which your sibling lives or travelling across time zones for work, the GMT will be your perfect companion.
Maturity in Design
It’s a proud moment seeing the GMT design come to life, through many months of iterative improvements. What you see on your wrist today is the culmination of 8 years’ experience, and is a testament to dedication, perseverance and maturity in design.
We’ve fitted a bi-directional, 48-click bezel, complete with etched and paint-filled numerals, luminous applied pip and dual textures for contrast. The crown is a perfectly proportioned 6.5mm diameter with exaggerated grip, and the whole caboodle comes in at an incredibly neat 42mm diameter, 10.95mm thickness and 47mm lug-to-lug. The GMT is a bit of a spec monster.
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