Gorilla, the iconoclastic Swiss watch company inspired by automotive engineering, has introduced the tonneau case Outlaw Drift with a wandering hours complication. Limited to just 250 pieces, the Outlaw Drift is an affordable choice for those looking a wandering hours complication.
Based in Cressier in the Swiss canton of Neuchatel, Gorilla was founded in 2016 by two former Audemars Piguet employees – Octavio Garcia, AP’s Chief Artistic Officer, and Senior Designer Lukas Gopp. The duo’s first effort was the Fastback Original, a limited edition of 500 pieces, which was an affordable motoring-inspired watch noted for its use of ceramic, forged carbon and titanium in the construction of the case.
The Outlaw Drift uses the same wandering hours complication that Gorilla first introduced in the GPHG-nominated Fastback Drift Wandering Hours in 2018. In a wandering hours display, time is indicated by moving a pointer showing the hour across an arc housing the minutes. First used in clocks in the 17th century, Audemars Piguet is credited with bringing this complication to the modern age when it used them in Star Wheel timepiece in 1991. Brands like Urwerk and Arnold & Sons have since produced watches with this complication but most examples are priced out of the reach of the average watch enthusiast.
The tonneau (that’s French for barrel) shape of the case is a throwback to 1970’s design. The case is made entirely of grade 5 titanium and measures 42 mm in width and 13.8 mm thick. The satin-polished case has a concave bezel with a mirror-polished finish, fastened to the case by four corner allen head bolts. A blue anodized aluminum flange with minutes track slopes upwards from the sides of a dark gray NAC-coated baseplate with a subtle snail pattern. A black carousel cage at the center of the dial holds the three blue star satellites with the hand-laid luminescent numerals that wander around the dial indicating time.
The modular Swiss movement was born out of a collaboration with specialists Vaucher, the Fleurier-based firm that produces movements for brands like Parmigiani, Richard Mille and Hermes. Vaucher built the G-5238 wandering hours module to fit atop a base self-winding ETA 2824-2 movement. The movement has a 38 hour power reserve.
The tonneau silhouette of the Outlaw Drift flows seamlessly into the form of the rubber & Cordura hybrid strap that fastens to the wrist with a titanium pin buckle. The case is limited to 250 pieces and is priced at $3,950.