Monday, June 4, 2018

The Gorilla Mirage

Gorilla has come out with two new models, and they should draw a lot of new fans and (I suspect) quite a few returning customers.

I'm going to serve them up one at a time to help "prolong the magic".  Both new pieces make up what Gorilla has dubbed the Fastback GT Collection.

First up is the Mirage -

Courtesy of Gorilla
The Mirage takes its design cues from the car that won the 1968 edition of Le Mans (A story from the folks at Top Gear can be found here - Top Gear).

Having made my own personal debut in 1968, I feel a certain affinity, but it doesn't hurt that the watch is AMAZINGLY cool!

The case is layered, and like the earlier Gorillas it takes advantage of several unique materials to create something really special.
The case back is titanium, and features a sapphire crystal display back.  The case itself carbon (that's woven, forged carbon), with Gorilla's now signature aluminum "pinstripe" detail sitting between the main carbon case and the ceramic bezel.  The top crystal is sapphire as well, and the crown is titanium (screw down).

The movement is Miyota's 90S5, a change from the earlier Gorilla Fastback collection.  And this is highlighted visually by the dial of the Mirage, which has a partial cut-out to display to display the a part of the movement in action.

This little piece of mechanical awesomeness is limited to 250 pieces, so put your foot to the pedal if you're interested ; )

Here are the pertinents, straight from the folks at Gorilla (editor's note, I've changed some of the spelling to the US version, I mean, "aluminium"?  And considering that Charles Martin Hall is from my home town of Oberlin Ohio, and that he helped industrialize the use of aluminum, we're going with the American version).

Miyota 90S5, Self-winding
4 Hz / 28.800 vph, stop seconds

Hour, minute, seconds


44 mm case diameter
48.5 mm with crown guard 

Forged carbon, anodized aluminum,
titanium, ceramic, steel


Scratch resistant sapphire,
anti-reflective coating, both sides


Screw-down for improved water resistance

100 meters / 330 feet / 10 ATM


Bi-color Viton rubber strap,
titanium pin buckle


110 grams with strap and buckle

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