Farer Finds the Balance Between Simplicity and Size with the Limited Edition Palmer GMT

The latest addition to Farer’s lineup of GMT watches is a balancing act between simplicity and the brand’s signature use of vibrant colors and bold accents. Farer is no stranger to dynamic dial colors, peculiar color combinations and large numeral displays that have separated Farer amongst the pack with their own distinguishable design language. It’s not just for looks either as their dial aesthetics account for prime legibility, both in daylight and low light situations thanks to the heavy dose of lume usage they’re notorious for, as well. It’s always an intriguing release when Farer releases a white dial because it allows the brand to explore minimal ways to apply color without sacrificing the Farer panache. With this new limited edition release, the Farer Palmer GMT hits the sweet spot in both simplicity and case size making it their most appealing GMT yet.

The Palmer GMT doesn’t just use a standard tone of white for the dial; we are talking about Farer after all. Farer is calling the Palmer dial color “pearlescent opaline” which gives the dial’s surface a slightly creamier tinge. Each hour marker is raised from the dial thanks to the block of SuperLuminova that makes up its construction and is hit with a thick application of black paint on its top surface. This in combination with the black outlining of the handset maximizes legibility against the white, excuse me, pearlescent opaline dial. The use of numerals are much more subdued than were used to which underlines the minimal approach to the Palmer. The inner 24-hour ring is color-matched by its short teal GMT hand and balanced out by the use of orange on the seconds hand and with the smaller numerals around the dial’s edge.


The dial details are rounded out by a recessed date window at three o’clock. Paired with the raised hour markers and a boxed sapphire crystal, these features add an element of depth. Several signature design cues remain consistent with the Palmer GMT including syringe hands, an elongated seconds hand that reaches the outer track and the signed bronzed screw down crown with Farer’s trademark “A” emblem.

The Palmer case hits a happy medium between the current Farer GMT offerings in 36mm and 41mm. The Palmer’s 39.5mm case width is most certainly appealing, but the more intriguing measurement is its slimmer case profile measuring at just 10.8mm in thickness. Just like the use of color on the dial, the case is balanced out by its alternating case finishes with its polished fixed bezel, brushed face and once again, polished case sides.

Just like the other Farer GMT models within their catalog, the Palmer GMT is powered by the Sellita SW330-2. In addition to the 56 hours of power reserve, you’ll find a movement built with 25 jewels, a frequency of 28,800 vph and a “caller” GMT complication. Farer has also opted to use the ‘Top Grade’ movement which comes with an additional accuracy testing at five different positions.

More often than not, you’ll see brands try something new by releasing a model with some flamboyant color arrangement, but for Farer they’ve done it tastefully time and time again. Something “new” for Farer is a model that feels more minimal and restrained, which for me at least, is a welcomed sight. The limited edition Farer Palmer GMT retails for $1,450 and is limited to just 150 pieces. Farer

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