It’s hard to deny the appeal of a mechanical GMT or dual time watch. A classic complication, the GMT adds obvious functionality. Though most typically associated with travel, allowing for a quick telling of local and home time, they are also useful in communication with colleagues or family abroad, can easily be converted into a 24-hour hand if needed and can even be used as a solar compass with some practice. Unfortunately, they are fairly uncommon due to a lack of available movements, so when a new GMT comes out, it’s definitely worth a closer look.
Farer of London is a relative newcomer to the industry, but they’ve already made an impression, first with their quartz watches and then with their automatics (check out our reviews of the Barnato and Hopewell). Inspired by exploration and the golden days of mid-century watch making, Farer’s blend of classical elements with playful color and a high attention to detail set them apart from the crowd. With their three new GMTs, the Oxley, the Ponting and the Lander, Farer has pushed their aesthetic even further, focusing on dial texture and printing, achieving nothing short of a new high bar for the brand.
The three GMTs share the same case and movement. Starting with the exterior, Farer has continued to use the 39.5 x 45.75mm case that we found on their previous models, this time with mixed finishing and an increased water resistance of 10 ATM. It’s a striking case with flowing rounded sides, a box sapphire crystal, and Farer’s signature bronze crown. On the GMTs you’ll find polished sides and a polished bezel contrasted with brushed lugs. The added water resistance is a nice touch, speaking to the exploration theme that is at the heart of the brand and simply adding to their versatility.