Over the past few years, Swiss independent watchmaking company Horage has been working hard to produce high-quality watches with in-house designed and built movements at a more affordable price than direct competitors. The unprecedented Horage Tourbillon 1 is a huge success for a Swiss-made tourbillon watch that costs less than 10k. If we look at the sports-oriented side of Horage, watches like the community-driven Superseed GMT are equally impressive. Here we have a true GMT sports watch with a micro-rotor movement that’s slightly smaller than comparable watches. Any micro-rotor movement of the same caliber costs a bit more and comes without GMT functionality. A year after its initial release, Horage took it upon itself to introduce some technical and aesthetic improvements. Here is the “new and improved” Horage Superseed GMT.
When Horage first introduced the Supersede GMT, it was clear that the watch was taking a long time to produce and deliver, and for very good reason. The idea is to involve the community through a series of pre-orders and design some elements of Superseed. The refund for those who signed up for the pre-order deal is a reduced price compared to the final retail price set by Horage. After four pre-order rounds, the public can vote for dial colors, bracelet finishes, strap colors and rotors, with a “sleepy bird” round three coming soon. In all, there are 100 different configurations to choose from, with deliveries starting next December.
The upgrades to the Supersede GMT require a little explaining, so we’ll cover the basics that haven’t changed first. The Horage Supersede Sleepy Bird GMT still relies on a compact 39.5mm by 9.85mm angular case made of 904L stainless steel. The rotating bezel has square-pattern knurling to provide extra grip and comes with a quarter & three-quarter divided scale with luminous triangle. The crown is protected by full guards and signed with the dotted H-shaped Horage logo. On the front, we have a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, while on the back is another sapphire crystal covering the movement.
Movement-wise, the Horage Supersede Sleepy Bird GMT still uses the K2 micro-rotor movement but with a new option (which we’ll get to in a bit). This in-house designed and produced movement runs at an extraordinary 25,200vph (or 3.5Hz), primarily to increase the power reserve (72 hours). The modular design of the movement allows for 38 different configurations built on the K2 base, including this true GMT setup. As a true GMT movement, the GMT hand corresponds to local times and is independently set by the crown. It also comes with a silicone escapement wheel and anchor and is driven by a gold-plated micro-rotor. The finish is a mix of traditional elements like Côtes de Genève and contemporary styling cues like Horage’s signature grid pattern.
Now that’s not possible, we’ll take you through all the updates, starting with the movement first. Initially, the K2 micro-rotor movement came with a gold-plated tungsten rotor. With this new version of the Supersede, Horage gives you the option to upgrade with a platinum rotor instead (as shown here). Platinum is heavier than tungsten and allows for an easier “swing” of the rotor, resulting in a more direct power delivery to the barrel. Normally such an upgrade would cost you a pretty penny, but during the pre-order campaign, Horage is offering it at a premium of just CHF 390 on a gold-plated tungsten rotor.
When Horage initially offered the Supersede GMT collection last year, it came with a 100 meter water-resistance rating. The brand has already stated that they intend to increase it to 200 meters after the final release and we can now tell you that they have succeeded in doing so. This fits the all-terrain nature of the Horage intended Superseed. You can easily take this watch into the mountains, across multiple time zones, or dive into the ocean, and it’s comforting to know that it can withstand it all.
Moving on to the dial, the Supersede GMT central seconds hand we saw last year comes with a red or orange tip, but it’s not as bright. The challenge was the thin needle-like design of the arm, so Horace decided not to light it at night. Now though, Horage has found a “magic orange” solution that allows him to produce a central seconds hand with a bright orange tip after all. But here’s the twist: Like the CGI renderings released last year, Horage will produce 250 pieces with a non-luminous red tip and 250 pieces with an orange non-luminous tip. For both, the hand is color matched for day/night indication. A nice gesture for people who chose early designs for the Superseed GMT. Anyone looking to convert to the glowing “Magic Orange” will be able to do so.
The final update, and not to be overlooked, is the newly developed micro-adjustable folding clasp for the stainless steel bracelet. At 5.6mm high, this new clasp is slightly thicker than the entire bracelet. It can be adjusted in ten 1mm steps, which can adapt to changes during a very hot or cold day. Additionally, an FKM gasket of your choice will be added to the package with the option to buy more during or after the campaign. Five colors are available, so there’s plenty to choose from!
All in all, these offer some nice upgrades to the already impressive Horage Supersede GMT watch. “Sleepy Bird” upgrades also come at no premium except for the platinum rotor. The campaign for Horage Supersede Sleepy Bird GMT starts on August 16th at 2 PM CET and continues on August 19th at 2 PM CET. Pre-order price for base model with gold-plated tungsten rotor CHF 5,500. Upgrade it to Platinum and it will cost you CHF 5,890. After the promotion, both prices increase CHF 6,500 And CHF 7,700, respectively. The first deliveries are set for December this year as the patent for the silicon hairspring used in the Caliber K2 expires in November.
For more information, please visit Horage.com.