In recent years we’re seeing the rise of small independent brands that increasingly appeal to enthusiasts. Gruppo Gamma was founded in 2013, fuelled by a strong desire to design and build timepieces that can be appreciated by collectors and aficionados. The brand produces between 1,000 and 2,000 pieces a year.
Gruppo Gamma’s Vanguard, first introduced in 2014, is a retro-inspired design infused with contemporary touches – a re-imagination of what the dive watches used by frogmen in the ’40s could have evolved into. The brand has now introduced a new generation of the Vanguard.
The new Vanguard has a case diameter of 44mm and plenty of wrist presence. With a slimmer side profile than its predecessor, the new Vanguard oozes charm from every angle. The watch case is made of surgical grade stainless steel or marine grade phosphor bronze (CuSn8), fitted with double-domed sapphire crystal and engineered to achieve a depth rating of 200 m/ 660 ft.
The Vanguard/ Vanguard Retro is built to the highest standards. It is powered by the ETA 2824-2, a self-winding calibre from the world’s largest Swiss movement manufacturer. The markers on the dial are filled generously with Swiss Super-LumiNova of the highest grade, providing darkness visibility like no other.
The new Vanguard inherits the same design cues of its predecessor while having a much more distinctive character. Signature styling cues include the extractable crown guard and case side guard. The timepiece is fitted with a premium Italian leather strap, handmade in Florence, by Simona Di Stefano. The Vanguard can be had in stainless steel, aged steel finish and CuSn8 bronze. For those who prefer a more old-school look there’s the Vanguard Retro, which has stayed faithful to the minimalist design of the earliest Gruppo Gamma timepieces. It is intended to be a throwback to Gruppo Gamma’s formative years, and the dial design and layout are reminiscent of the discontinued Genesis and Ascent collections and the earliest Vanguard models. The Vanguard Retro is available in stainless steel and CuSn8 bronze.
More information and photographs are available on the Gruppo Gamma website.