Fortis Dornier GMT Watch Review
Friday - 18 November 2016
Uniting the four spheres (space, air, land, water), Fortis present the Dornier GMT; an alliance formed under a mutual appreciation for the world and beyond. Their journeys begin almost simultaneously at the start of the 19th Century carving separate paths that are closely linked. The partnership that is celebrated via the timepiece is a natural pairing that will continue to explore, innovate and understand.
Dornier is a German aircraft manufacturer, which was founded in 1922 by Claude Dornier. Hailed as one of the most significant aircraft builders of his time, Dornier dabbled in designing and constructing automobiles, missiles and spacecraft. Although, the original company ceased business in 2002, the family continued his legacy with a company called Dornier Seaplane. The inevitable match both share a passion for aviation, landscape, space exploration and oceanic voyage.
The Fortis Dornier considers all the spheres using the Cosmonauts case as a reference to space, precision and readability stand for aviation, the brand logos represent the earth and the blue GMT display signifies water; a sophisticated, subtle approach to showcasing their passion from Fortis predecessors. Reflecting on past collections allows for the luxury watch brand to thrust into the future with a new, outstanding instrument that embodies history with an aim to improve going forward without loosing their identity.
The new design is reliable, precise and legible due to the carefully considered features. The alliance strive for perfection through creative invention, progressive innovation and forward thinking concepts to reach the end goal. Working together the possibilities are limitless thriving off experiences and accomplishments that inspire.
A result harnesses a tranquil, balanced dial framed by a Cosmonauts 42 mm stainless steel case. The matte black dial provides a blank canvas for the sharp addition of mint green and cobalt blue.
The Super-LumiNova green provides readability in restricted lighting. The dial layout is extremely orderly and with the sub dials at 12 and 6 o’clock the logos slot in perfectly at 3 and 9 o’clock. The exhibition case back follows a subtly organised feel allowing for admiration of the movement.
Overall, the Fortis Dornier GMT showcases their shared interest to create a stunning piece that refelects Fortis' heritage combining the successful elements to form a new, unique instrument.