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Farer Launch Meredith GMT with Incredibly Cool Back-lit Lume Numerals

Farer Meredith GMT

Farer loves a GMT complication. By my count the new Meredith GMT is at least their third model this year to feature indication of another time zone, preceded by the Palmer GMT in July and the Lander GMT 36mm back in April. So, what new design angle are Farer approaching from this time? Let’s find out.

Farer Meredith GMT
Farer Meredith GMT

Off the bat, the Meredith GMT shares the same case design as both the Palmer and Lander with a stainless steel construction featuring a combination of brushed and polished surfaces and a classy round shape. The 39.5mm diameter and 10.8mm thickness are a direct match to the Palmer and larger Lander as well. On top of that it even has the same crown set with a bronze cap decorated with the Farer logo.

Farer Meredith GMT

So far there’s not much of a different angle to be found. However, then we get to the dial, which is where the Meredith GMT starts to shine. And I mean that literally because one of the unique design elements of the watch is the way it incorporates lume into the display. Instead of the traditional method of having applied Arabic numerals with a layer of lume on top, Farer have made their numerals out of X1 Super-LumiNova and then over-printed them with an opaque navy blue. The result is an incredibly cool back-lit appearance where the light emanates from the sides of the markers.

Farer Meredith GMT

In terms of style, the display itself is kind of a fusion between the Lander and Palmer. The Arabic numerals are in the same style as the Lander (except for the whole lume situation), as is the overall design of the dial with its raised, external, brushed ring and internal textured disc – both of which are copper coloured. But then, the short GMT hand and 24-hour scale around the inner portion of the dial come from the Palmer. There is at least one element of the display that is brand new for the Meredith GMT and that is the hands as this is the first time Farer have ever used sword hands on a watch.

Farer Meredith GMT

Beneath the surface is the Sellita SW330-2 ‘Top Grade’ movement. It’s automatic with a 56-hour power reserve and as it’s the ‘Top Grade’ version of the calibre, it has an accuracy of +/- 4 seconds per day. It’s a seriously solid movement and frankly it becomes even better when you look at the price. Speaking of which, the Farer Meredith GMT is £1,255, which is a highly competitive price point – starting to compete with the lower end of brands like Oris.

Farer Meredith GMT

I actually think the Meredith GMT comes out very favourably in comparison to the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date. Not only is a GMT more useful than a pointer date, but also the Farer is about £400 less than the base line Big Crown references while also having higher specs across the board. This is without question my favourite Farer of the year, so they really have been saving the best until last.

Price and Specs:

Model: Farer Meredith GMT
Case: 39.5mm diameter x 10.8mm thickness, stainless steel
Dial: Brushed copper ring with Arabic numerals, off-white 24h GMT scale printed on textured copper, colour matched date wheel
Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
Movement: Sellita calibre SW330-2, automatic, 25 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 56h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT
Strap: St Venere leather with stainless steel buckle fastening, rubber or stainless steel milanese bracelet
Price: £1,245 (rubber), £1,255 (leather) and £1,265 (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.