Gorilla Fastback GT Truffelhunter: Malaysia Price And ReviewWritten by Leong Wong
Fancy a pink Gorilla?
There’s no disputing the fact that the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the world’s most prestigious automobile races. The gruelling endurance competition—held annually near its namesake town in France since 1923—has produced cars and drivers that are the stuff of legend among petrolheads. And while Porsche might have asserted its dominance with the most wins at Le Mans to date, it is a one-off prototype by the Swabian brand that holds a special place in their hearts.
Developed as an aerodynamics test car for Le Mans 1971, the Porsche 917/20 was the fastest during qualifying and ran in fifth position during the main race but crashed shortly before the end due to brake failure. However, this isn’t why the 917/20 has gone down in automobile history. It has its witty livery to thank for that. Porsche designer Anatole Lapine saw a porcine resemblance in the car’s voluptuous curves and low, flat nose. He brought this to life with pink paintwork augmented by butcher-cuts style graphics; thus, earning the 917/20 its nicknames of ‘Pink Pig’, ‘Big Berta’ and ‘Truffle Hunter’.
It was only a matter of time before the ‘Truffle Hunter’ caught the imagination of Gorilla Watches founders, Octavio Garcia and Lukas Gopp, especially when the brand’s Fastback range is inspired by iconic cars, with design cues drawn from 1960s and 1970s sports watches. Their interpretation—christened ‘Truffelhunter’ and limited to 500 pieces—is pretty in pink and has as strong a personality as its legendary counterpart on four wheels.
The striking case is an almost weightless assemblage of forged carbon, pink ceramic and red anodised aluminium. Its multi-layered dial is equally complex. A red anodised aluminium flange with a black minute counter encircles a chapter ring with applied gunmetal numerals and a black skeletonised central dial with white Super-LumiNova accents. Meanwhile, an exposed balance wheel is found at 5:30. Similarly, the watch strap is made of pink perforated Viton rubber with a red underlay.
Is a pink timepiece for men one of the last horological taboos? Quite possibly, but pushing the envelope is what Gorilla Watches is all about (the Truffelhunter’s relatively chunky 44mm case puts it firmly in larger wrist territory). Chances are, more conservative collectors will dismiss the Truffelhunter for this reason, despite its compelling backstory. But what’s life without a little risk? If you are a bold soul who likes to stay ahead of the curve, this norm-defying watch is for you. Limited to 500 pieces.
|44mm woven forged carbon|
|Aluminium, gunmetal and steel with white Super-LumiNova hour markers and hands|
Self-winding Miyota 90S5
|Bi-colour Viton rubber|
|Hours, minutes, seconds|
Editor, CROWN Malaysia
A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.
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