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Farer – discovered, finally

I have been very slow in picking up this British watch brand. My only possible excuse is that when they launched in 2015 it was with a range of quartz watches. When I started this blog I ignored, unfairly, these companies. I have now realised that watches with quartz movements are a perfectly legitimate route to getting a brand to market.

Farer Banarto -with Ronda movement
Farer Banarto -with Ronda movement

The Barnato model, above, is a great example from the quartz range, priced at a reasonable £420

THE original collection of “net-retro styled” watches is named after  British explorers, inspiring individuals who perfectly define the true spirit of Farer: daring, courageous and filled with ambition beyond the ordinary. From Amy Johnson – Britain’s most famous female aviatrix – to Everest climber, George Mallory and Tutankhamun archaeologist Howard Carter.

The 316L steel cases come in a fashionable 39.5mm size. With quick release straps on 20mm lugs.  The movements either being Ronda 512, in the GMT models, or 600D in the watches with the sub-dial.

All Farer watches are designed in London and manufactured  by  their Swiss manufacturing partners, Roventa-Henex,.

With the arrival of their Automatics at the end of last year, they have taken inspiration from the famous vessels that carried Britain’s most brilliant explorers around the globe. The first three Automatics are named Beagle, Endurance and Hopewell.

The automatics use the proven ETA 2824-2 movements and are very similar in style to the original quartz range.

Everything I have read so far about these watches is very complimentary. I am looking forward to getting a closer look.

 

 

Smaller Better ?

This is not a purely “`British watch brand” question, but it is one I have thought about and discussed a fare deal of late. Is there a move back towards smaller watch sizes ? Personally I have never been a fan of 45mm plus cases and feel some where between 36 ( for example older model Rolex Explorer) and 40mm is the perfect size. The newly relaunched British brand came to market with a great 38 mm range.

Here is a piece from Monochrome Watches discussing the relative merits of a smaller Omega Planet Ocean.

Enjoy https://monochrome-watches.com/smaller-is-better-case-study-with-the-39-5mm-omega-seamaster-planet-ocean-600m/