Understanding the tactile pleasure of hand-winding a mechanical watch, British microbrand Farer has just unveiled its first manually wound collection. It’s comprised of three timepieces — the Stanhope, Hudson and Lansdell (all named after British explorers) — boasting three different designs, each with their own unique personality.
Powering the watches is the venerable ETA/Peseux 7001, a super-thin, hand-winding movement that’s seen use in countless watches since its introduction in the early 1970s. The 7001’s small size allowed Farer to keep the watches compact, and the cushion-design surrounding the movement measures in at a scant 37mm in diameter and 8.5mm thick. Those are positively old-school dimensions for a watch, a relative rarity in the industry today, and they will be sure to make many enthusiasts happy.
Also of interest to those enthusiasts are the dial designs. All three are multi-layered and have a ton of detailed finishes. The Stanhope, for example, has waffle-like texturing on the main dial and a cut-out subdial while the Lansdell has a recessed, forest-green outer ring and a guilloched main dial. All three watches are available with a selection of leather straps (as well as a mesh steel bracelet) and will retail for $1,175.