Among the slew of value oriented GMT watches coming from small brands these days, the Geography from Sweden’s Bravur has always been a favorite. Introduced in 2018, the Geography is a minimalist GMT with a strong vintage vibe. The original release consisted of a vibrant blue dial and a stark white, and we’ve seen a limited edition green variant with a gold plated case come and go in the interim. Now, Bravur has given their white GMT a small update, making it a bit easier to read and losing none of the charm of the original.
Bravur Geography “Sparkling White”
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Dial: White
- Dimensions: 39mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 5 ATM
- Crown: Push/pull
- Movement: Sellita SW330-1/ETA 2893-1
- Strap/bracelet: Leather
- Price: $ 1,450
- Reference Number: n/a
- Expected Release: Available to order now, shipping later this year
The differences are small and subtle on their own, but taken together greatly enhance the watch as a complete package. First, the GMT scale on the updated watch is larger. It’s still in a contrasty shade of blue against a white background, but the increased size makes it more distinct and improves legibility.
The other update is that the numerals and hour markers are now applied, whereas on the original Geography they were printed. This is a great update, adding a sense of depth to the dial that it didn’t have before.
The new Geography’s colorway has been dubbed “Sparkling White,” and I think that’s an apt description. White dials can sometimes feel a little boring, but the black and blue elements, both now a bit more obvious, add contrast and visual interest. More importantly, however, is the structure of the dial itself, with an outer section that has been given a brushed treatment that plays against the stark white of the dial’s interior. Sector dials are all the rage right now, and this yet another riff on that theme, and I think it’s implemented really well.
The Geography is powered by “caller” GMT movement by Sellita or ETA, depending on availability (the watches are built to order, with delivery currently running into December). This type of GMT movement, with an independently set GMT hand rather than local jumping hours, is useful for keeping track of a second time zone from a stationary point (the opposite is better suited to frequent travelers). Even if you don’t make use of the GMT feature, however, the Geography is still just a really nice looking watch with elegant vintage cues. Bravur