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Relatively new to the industry, GANE Watches was launched on July 20th, 2021 by Malaysian engineer and artist Ray Pee. With GANE, Pee sought to create approachably priced timepieces with minimal yet effective designs and a particular emphasis on brushed steel metalwork. Seeing exceptional finishing as a crucial aspect of the overall experience of a watch, GANE watch cases are manufactured using marine-grade 316l stainless steel and feature numerous different finishes, making for a dynamic visual appearance. GANE’s newest release, the Type D1 “Ember,” is an apt representation of this approach.
Inspired by the romantically quaint European wall clocks produced in the early 20th century, the Type D has an extremely simple yet equally interesting design. It boasts a 38 mm case, with a lug-to-lug distance of 46 mm and a thickness of 11.5 mm. This particular execution of the Type D – the “Ember” – pays tribute to a Malaysian fire-walking tradition in which devotees walk across hot, orange embers, signifying purification and faith. Inspired by this festival, the Type D1 “Ember” features a sandwich dial with a charcoal gray background and a fire orange disk. Both layers are linen-textured to create an impressive amount of visual depth. Moreover, the silver wire hands contrast nicely against the gray backdrop. The result is an extremely legible and dynamic watch that – despite its relatively minimal design – manages to jump off of the wrist.
Perhaps the most striking detail about this watch is the case finishing. GANE has done an excellent job here, employing a vertically brushed finish on the bezel and polished bevels along the lugs. These details play off one another, giving the Type D1 some of the wrist presence and “pop” that you’ll find in watches at a much higher price point. Particularly impressive is the symmetry between the vertically brushed bezel and linen dial, which complement each other perfectly. The thick-cut, vintage-styled brown suede European strap is another excellent touch.
Powering the Type D is the Citizen Miyota 90S5 automatic movement, which maintains the reputation of a reliable “workhorse” movement in the watch industry. Accurate to approximately -10/+30 seconds per day, the 90S5 has a power reserve of 42 hours and beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour. Visible through a display caseback, this iteration of the calibre 90S5 has been customized by GANE; it features an ion-plated custom blackened rotor, laser engraved to simulate a lampshade – a tribute to the brand owner’s mother.
The Type D collection also includes two other colorways: the D2 “Limestone” (right) and the D3 “Twilight” (left) as shown below.While GANE is a relative newcomer to the watch game, the Type D, is well designed, comfortable, and will likely appeal to both serious watch collectors as well as new watch enthusiasts. Approachably priced, the Type D will carry a retail cost of $535; however, there will be an early bird sale on November 1st, 2022 via Kickstarter, where enthusiasts will have the opportunity to buy the watch for $299 (roughly 44% off of retail). Visit www.ganewatches.com and www.kickstarter.com/projects/ganewatches/gane-type-d-automatic-watches for more information.
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