Almost a decade ago, Pennsylvania-based watchmaker RGM teamed with Connecticut-based custom bicycle frame maker Richard Sachs to create a special GMT watch influenced by both designers. Since then, the two makers of handcrafted mechanical objects have continued to collaborate, and earlier this year they announced their newest GMT watch project.
Now available, the new Model 500-GMT-RS is the first RGM with a bi-directional-turning GMT bezel. The watch is designed as a sport watch but is also ideal for travel, perhaps on a bicycle made from a Richard Sachs frame.
The wearer can use the 24-hour GMT hand and bezel to keep track of time in two time zones. To enhance durability, RGM has equipped the watch with two case-back gaskets, a 2mm sapphire crystal and a high-quality screw-down crown. The bezel is deeply engraved and its numbers are filled with ceramic.
Because the new watch is in part designed with input from bicycle frame builder Sachs, the watch features the Richard Sachs logo incorporated into the 24-Hour GMT hand and the case-back engraving. Inside is an RGM-enhanced automatic ETA 2893-2 movement.
Made as limited edition of fifty watches, the RGM Model 500 GMT-RS will arrive with a few extras if pre-ordered now. These extras include: A three-year warranty in place of the standard two-year warranty, an extra RGM watch strap, a Richard Sachs water bottle and a signed Richard Sachs cycling cap.
For more information visit www.rgmwatches.com and www.richardsachs.com. Price: $4,750.
Specifications: RGM Model 500-GMT-RS
Movement: RGM-ETA 2893-2, 28,800 vph, rhodium finish with Cote de Geneve and perlage. Power reserve is 42 hours.
Case: 41mm x 11.3mm stainless steel, water-resistant to 100 meters, two case-back gaskets, 2mm thick sapphire crystal, bi-directional 24-hour turning bezel, steel crown with Keystone insignia.
Dial: Two-level matte black with XL strength Superluminova, partial or full lume available for hands.
Strap: Hirsch Performance, leather and rubber construction