Two weeks ago I wrote about the Lorier Falcon Mark II, a great everyday timepiece with heeps of vintage goodness. In this article we are going to be taking a look at another Lorier, the Hyperion GMT. For anyone who has been following the brand’s evolution of the past two years, it was only a matter of time before Lauren and Lorenzo would release a GMT. I had the pleasure of spending a few weeks with the silver variant (the other one is gilt). Wearing the Hyperion made me feel I should immediately go pack my bags and hop on a plane and explore a far away city or a jungle. But that wasn’t possible so I instead took the Hyperion on local adventures. Let’s see what this Hyperion is all about.
Like any Lorier, the dimensions are always on point. The case of the Hyperion has a diameter of 39mm, a lug-to-lug distance of 47mm, a thickness of 10.7mm, and a lug width of 20mm. Standard Lorier dimensions that guarantee that their watches fit most wrist sizes. I was impressed by the thinness of the watch despite having an automatic GMT movement and a domed Hesalite crystal (the latter being a signature of the brand). Inside the Hyperion beats the SOPROD C125 automatic movement which vibrates at 28,800 BPH (4Hz), and offers approximately 42 hours of power reserve.
The entire case and bracelet are made of marine-grade 316L stainless steel and feature mostly a brushed finish with the exception of the chamfers on the case sides. The popular Lorier bracelet is fully-articulated and is held together with screws, making sizing the bracelet easy. Going back to the case, we find two types of lume: SuperLuminova BGW9 on the dial, hour, minute, and second hands, and C3 on the GMT hand and bezel, creating a nice contrast between the two types of timekeeping. Speaking of the bezel: it is made of Hesalite as well.
|Case||316L Stainless Steel|
47mm Lug to Lug
20mm Lug Width
Screwed Crown & Caseback
100m Water Resistance
|Dial & Crystal||Domed Plexi|
Date Window @ 6 o’clock
BGW9 & C3 Super-LumiNova
|Movement||SOPROD C125 GMT|
42-Hour Power Reserve
|Strap||316L Stainless Steel Bracelet|
Lorier Hyperion GMT
Taking a brief look at Lorier’s catalog, one will see that the brand has a knack for designing well-proportioned watches that are infused with their own blend of vintage aesthetics. The Hyperion is no different, and I would venture to say, is even more so than the other models from the brand. When it was first released, the Hyperion came in two variations: one with gilt hands, minute track, and marker surrounds, one in white. Regardless of which version you are looking at, there is something about the combination of the black dial, hands, and two-tone bezel that truly made me feel I was wearing a watch that was made 50 years prior.
So it’s not only that Lorier knows how to make vintage-inspired watches (and I think we should be careful how we string these words together) but they also know how to build solid watches which they sell for a reasonable amount of cash. The Hyperion retails for $799 which is less than equally sought-after watches from competitors (thinking of a particular French brand here…) which is cheap for what you get. It’s really little money. As it was the case with the Falcon Mark II, the Hyperion is solid and the finish is of equal value to the one from a watch that would have been made in Switzerland.
If you put design + built quality + specs-for-the-money together, you get a recipe for a great watch. Lorier created that recipe when they released their very first model, the Neptune, and they have been using that same recipe ever since. It works. Which brings me to the last point of interest: if you liked the Neptune or the Hydra, you will like the Falcon and the Hyperion. Lorier is one of these brands from whom people buy all models. And the price of the Hyperion is not far off the other models from the brand which typically orbit around $500.
My only quibble is one that I have with other Lorier models: the bracelet. Hold on, I know, I said earlier that it’s amazing. But there is something about the bracelet that doesn’t work for me. Let me explain: the lugs of the Hyperion are rather long and thin—actually, they are not that long but they appear so because they are thin. Which means the end links are long too. The two combined together make the watch look too long on the wrist for my taste. It’s a weird quibble to have because I like bracelets that flow well with the design of the watch head. But in this case, the bracelet + watch head combo takes more wrist presence that I would like.
I told you it was a weird quibble.
At the end of the day—and setting aside my one quibble—there is no wonder why the Hyperion sold out twice already. It’s a darn good bang for your buck and it looks beautiful in addition to being solidly built. Again, Lauren and Lorenzo found the perfect recipe for bringing their vision of horology to life. And this vision has been clearly demonstrated in each model the brand has released thus far. The Hyperion occupies a very comfortable spot within the sub-$1,000 GMT watches; most of GMTs in this price range are far less original and of lesser quality. Definitely worth taking a look at it and waiting for the restock coming in the Fall of 2022.
The Hyperion retails for $799USD. For more information, contact the brand website.
Vincent Deschamps is a museum professional, originally from France, with more than 10 years experience as a researcher, producing visitor experiences for national and international organizations. He is also the founder of mainspring.watch. You can follow Vincent on Instagram.
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