MICRO MONDAYS: Gane Watches takes on minimalist design with the Type CRicardo Sime
The everyday watch is an enigma of design. It’s the guiding principal of most designers to create a purpose-built watch. So when you tell them to create something that suits multiple situations, the resulting watch can sometimes become a jack of all trades and a master of none. It’s this outcome that Raymond Pee, founder of Gane Watches, tries to avoid with the brand’s first release, the Type C. Let’s see what his brand was able to accomplish.
Tackling the challenge of creating a versatile watch starts off with the case. At 38mm and with a lug-to-lug of only 45mm, the tonneau case of the Type C initially comes off as a bit sporty. Especially with the positioning of the lugs and the heavy use of vertical brushing. Yet a closer look refutes that initial assumption. A boxed sapphire crystal, which plays a large part in its 13mm thickness, adorns the watch. On the right and left side, you’ll even find highly polished chamfers. These two design elements suddenly tilt the needle back towards a slightly dressier aesthetic with more of a smart/casual vibe. The 50 metres of water resistance also asserts its ability to cope with different scenarios.
Moving in from the case, we’re met with three different dial variations of the Type C. These variations are denoted as the Type C1 Sandy Salmon, which has a salmon-coloured dial. That is followed by the Type C2 , which is blue in colour. And finally, we have a silver-coloured dial called the Type C3 Steely Silver. All three dials feature a circular raised portion that contains cutouts for the hour indexes. While at the centre of the dial is a lower portion that contains the simple pencil watch hands.
Beyond their colour, the watches are also differentiated by finishing and the colour of the text printed upon them. On the C2 and C3, you get circular and horizontal brushing that work well with the blue and steel colour. On the C3, Gane Watches instead opted for a matte finish. Together, these decisions on design create both a cohesive collection but one that also offers some welcome individuality.
Powering the Type C’s is the Miyota 8215 movement. This movement is one of the most commonly used by microbrands and even major brands in their entry-level offerings. It beats at 21,600 bph and has a power reserve of 42 hours. This is all hidden behind a caseback featuring a design in tribute to the founder’s late mother.
To complete the look, Gane gives you an option of two choices: a five-link satin-brushed bracelet or a 4mm thick distressed or vegetable tanned leather strap. All measure 20mm in width and feature quick-release spring-bar functionality. The bracelet pairs well with the angular shape of the case while the strap colours do well to showcase the colours of the dial.
The Type C collection from Gane Watches puts forward an interesting option for potential buyers. The no-date minimalist design provides the wearer with a versatile watch that should be more than capable in the majority of situations. And the selection of dial colours also covers basic and popular choices. With multiple microbrands focusing on either divers or field watches, Gane puts another option on the table that I for one am happy to see.
Gane Watches Type C collection pricing and availability:
All three versions of the watch come on either a bracelet or strap. Pricing on bracelet is $555 USD and on strap is $495 USD. For more information, visit Gane Watches website.
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