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Farer Unveil New Textured Dial with Banzare GMT Limited Edition

Farer Banzare GMT

The name of British watch brand Farer is a reference to explorers who travel across the globe in search of adventures, wayfarers making their way across the face of the planet. As such, the complication most synonymous with the brand is the humble GMT, widely regarded as the ultimate travel companion due to its ability to display multiple time zones simultaneously. For spring, Farer have released a new limited edition GMT called the Banzare GMT featuring their first textured dial with lacquer finish.

Farer Banzare GMT

Jumping straight to the dial, it has a 3D ridged texture stamped into the metal, which is then coloured plum purple before a clear lacquer is applied. The lacquer gives it a glossy appearance that elevates it to a rich mulberry colour with a shiny metallic finish. The texture itself reminds me of the Glashütte Original Sixties Chronograph, and the colour is funky enough to match the German brand’s retro vibes. On top of that are the applied hour markers and sword hands (all coated with lume) as well as the GMT 24-hour scale in blue around the centre of the display. The 24-hour hand itself is orange.

Farer Banzare GMT
Farer Banzare GMT

Dark purple-red, blue and orange… where have I seen that colour combination before? Ah yes, Westham United. And Aston Villa. And Burnley F.C. If you’re a fan of sub-par English football teams (yes, I said it) then the Banzare GMT is a great way to show team spirit.

Farer Banzare GMT

On a more serious note, the Banzare is not actually inspired by those teams, it draws its inspiration from the British Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE). A scientific excursion to the Antarctic in 1929-1931, mapping the coastline.

Farer Banzare GMT

The case is taken from the existing Farer GMT collection, shared with models like the Meredith. It has exactly the same dimensions at 39.5mm in diameter and is made from stainless steel with brushed lugs and polished flanks. It also has a relatively large crown with knurled grip, almost giving the piece a pilot’s watch vibe, which feels appropriate for the travel theme of the piece.

Farer Banzare GMT

The movement housed inside is also a staple of Farer’s previous GMTs, the Sellita SW330-2 ‘Top Grade’. It has a 56-hour power reserve and an accuracy of +/-4 seconds per day, putting it among the highest spec Sellita movements. You can view it through the Banzare GMT’s sapphire exhibition caseback.

Farer Banzare GMT

It’s supplied on a matching mulberry leather strap with quick release system for £1,265, although you can also purchase an additional steel bracelet for £150 which would put it up to a total of £1,415. That’s slightly higher than other GMTs in Farer’s collections, which feels proportionate given the extra level of detailing on the dial. It’s also a limited edition of just 150 watches, amping up the exclusivity. Ultimately, I think it’s a solid addition to the Farer GMT range and opens a wealth of possibilities for textured dials like this in future.

Price and Specs:

Model: Farer Banzare GMT
Case: 39.5mm diameter x 10.8mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Metallic mulberry, sunburst stamped
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Sellita calibre SW330-2 'Top Grade', automatic, 25 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 56h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT
Strap: Leather or stainless steel bracelet
Price: £1,265 (leather strap) or £1,415 (with additional steel bracelet), limited to 150 pieces

More details at Farer.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.