As some of you already know, Laco It is a brand that we especially like. On the one hand, because of its history and the excellent quality / price ratio of its watches, but also because its team knew how to trust us from the beginning of the blog. After having reviewed iconic models such as the Paderborn or Monte Carlo, we spent a day with the flagship of this year 2020: the Frankfurt GMT.
Laco at GMT time
For 2 years, following the rebirth of the Rolex GMT-Master II “Pepsi”, the GMT has been in vogue. Almost every brand has gotten into it, creating desire and the tendency for a complication that has become inevitable. It is in this sense that the brand based in the city of Pforzheim, the cradle of German watchmaking, went to work to reveal its vision for GMT. It would have been easy to add a fourth needle to his classic flieger, but Laco preferred to do things with great fanfare. This is how the Frankfurt GMT was born. Is a modern aviator watch with character, both in terms of its 2-crown “tool watch” design and construction in dark sandblasted stainless steel, than its colorful sphere. All delivered in one special aluminum box containing a second bracelet, an install / remove tool and then a keychain.
This Laco Frankfurt GMT sports a stainless steel case with a sandblasted finish whose dark matte finish and feel (but not lightness) are very similar to titanium. In terms of dimensions, this watch measures 43 mm wide (excluding crown protectors) 50mm long from horn to horn 12.5mm thick. Its horns are rather short and not too deep, which reduces its size when worn because it is not a watch for smaller wrists. The two crowns are shaped like an onion, making them easier to handle like a traditional flieger watch, and both are surrounded by crown protectors to reinforce their “tool watch” side. The 2 o’clock is used to adjust the internal rotating bezel and the 4 o’clock is dedicated to adjusting movement. The telescope, crowned by a slightly curved sapphire crystal, it is beveled with a small tab at the base, while the bottom of the box (filled) shows a curved shape. The latter sports a world map and a raised plane, then 6 notches to unscrew the bottom. In general, it is a case well balanced and well finished with a finish that will limit micro scratches.
Designed as a natural extension of the case, the dial displays matte black and gray tones. This duality of colors is found in particular in the internal rotating bezel and with logic: gray for the day and black for the night. Please note that we had the “Schwarz” (black) version on hand and that there is a “Grau” (gray) version. We especially appreciate the fact thatGMT needle With its openwork orange arrowhead it stops right on the bezel, pointing perfectly towards the 24-hour marks. These, like all marking indices, including rail, are filled with SuperLuminova C3 with light green photoluminescent representation. Note that the background color is not as deep as black on the bezel, but it is closer to the base of the GMT hand and then to the counterweight of the second hand. Surprisingly sword needles hours and minutes have been thermally bluish (and not painted), adding another colorful and avant-garde with the modern side of this watch. It is an echo, like the triangular marker at noon in the past of the brand. Large Arabic numerals at 3 and 9 o’clock add a sporty touch, but also balance the center of the dial with the date window. Once again, Laco shows sensitivity by skillfully playing on details while challenging certain standards.
> Movement and adjustments
As expected, Laco chose an automatic movement developed by the Swiss manufacturer ETA. Here called Laco 93, it is a ETA 2893-2, the Swiss standard for a GMT. This ultra reliable movement no longer has to prove itself. It ranges at 28,800 A / h, is endowed with 21 rubies and offers a 38-hour power reserve. Basically it’s a 2892 (refined version of 2824) with a complication grafted onto it. This was nested in its Elaborate version, deviating from +/- 5 seconds per day. For an additional € 130, you can also opt for the Top version, which reaches +/- 4 seconds daily deviation, has settled into an additional position and has an Anachron spiral. On the configuration side, the only difference with a dated 3-hand lies in the fact that at position 2, the date is adjusted by turning counterclockwise, then in the other direction for the GMT. And given the tightness of the box, the two crowns are screwed; so don’t forget to close them before the dive.
Typically, the presence of a second fabric strap complements a leather strap to take advantage of water resistance. Here, especially with a water resistance of 200 meters, it is the most logical option. But Laco has gone the extra mile by offering this Frankfurt GMT in a waterproof leather strap. Its face is textured in Nytech (a high-tech material), its shape is curved, its edges are stitched, its tip is boat-shaped and its cut is straight with a width of 20 mm, the most standard size. The reverse side is tinted black, so its buckle it is sanded but its appearance is not as dark as the case. This is a small detail that cannot be seen and that many brands ignore, it is a shame. Then each watch is delivered with a NATO-style cloth strap with two threads In the photo below, we see all the bracelets that Laco offers for this model.
Our opinion on this Laco Frankfurt GMT
As soon as the case arrives, we can understand that Laco has made great efforts: a beautiful aluminum case that changes from the elongated imitation leather case (which is of good quality), the tool that is of good quality, the presence of a “gift” and then a second double-thickness bracelet that changes from traditional NATO. It is undoubtedly a watch whose modernity contrasts with the flagship collection of the German brand, it is not in vain if the reactions have been so positive since its launch. The watch is well thought out with good finishes. An ETA signed GMT movement, a sanded finish, a water resistance of 200 meters, SuperLuminova, an internal rotating bezel: it is a real tool clock how we like their the data sheet is excellenthis The quality-price rate is good And let’s not forget its German manufacturing or brand experience. If your wrist wants to accommodate 43mm, this is a very good candidate!
Laco Frankfurt GMT Schwarz Watch / Features
- Living place: Stainless steel / sandblasted finish
- Width: 43mm
- Length: 50mm
- Thickness: 12.5mm
- Entrecorne: 20mm
- Glass type: Domed Sapphire
- Luminescence: SuperLuminova C3
- Bottom box: Complete / sanding finish
- Movement: Automatic / Caliber ETA 2893-2
- Power reserve: 42 hours
- Bracelets: Waterproof leather and nylon
- Buckle: Pin / sanded finish
- Waterproof: 20 ATMs / 200 meters
- Warranty: 2 years