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Farer Takes on Vintage Proportions with 36mm Three Hand Collection

Farer 36mm Three Hand Resolute

Watchmaking is a wide ranging and diverse industry full of elaborate and exciting complications, functions and designs, but sometimes it’s nice to remember the fundamentals. And you can’t get more fundamental than a three hand, time only watch, distilling horology to its foundational elements of hours, minutes and seconds. Farer have launched four new time only watches in vintage proportioned cases, the 36mm Three Hand Collection.

I say vintage proportioned because back in the late 20th century, it was a lot more common for watches to have smaller diameters. In modern watchmaking, large watches tend to lead the way due to the popularity of diving and pilot’s watches, both of which are typically big, 42mm, 43mm, even 44mm are not surprising sizes to see. Which makes the 36mm Three Hand Collection a welcome relief from the giants.

Farer 36mm Three Hand Discovery Red

The four watches in the collection are the Discovery Red, Erebus Midnight, Resolute and Resolute Sorbet. In classic Farer fashion, each one is a colourful treat in red, navy, white or salmon respectively. Each has a slightly different design, for example the Discovery has a two-tone sector dial vibe while the Erebus is quiet and refined. However, given the combinations of names and colours, all I can think about now is a salmon sorbet and I can’t work out if that sounds tasty or not.

Farer Resolute Sorbet 36MM

Odd personal quandaries aside, the watches are essentially miniaturised versions of their 39mm cousins. They even house the same La Joux-Perret G101 automatic calibre, visible through the exhibition caseback. It touts a with 68-hour power reserve, which is seriously impressive for a sub-£1,000 wristwatch.

Farer 36mm Three Hand Resolute
Farer 36mm Three Hand Resolute Sorbet
Farer 36mm Three Hand Erebus Midnight
Farer 36mm Three Hand Discovery Red

Each watch is presented with a choice of four strap and bracelet options. There’s Barenia leather or rubber for £890, Granalo leather for £895 or a Milanese bracelet for £905. It could be argued that a 36mm collection based on existing watches isn’t the most exciting watch release ever, particularly when they’re following up launches like the Cushion Case and Chrono-Classic but what the 36mm Three Hand Collection proves is that Farer knows their fundamentals and they execute on them really well.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Farer 36mm Three Hand Resolute, Resolute Sorbet, Erebus Midnight, Discovery Red
  • Case/dial: 36mm diameter x 10.4mm thickness, stainless steel case, white gloss (Resolute), peach (Resolute sorbet), gloss midnight blue (Erebus Midnight) or cherry red sector sunray brushed dial (Discovery Red)
  • Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
  • Movement: La Joux-Perret calibre G101, automatic, 24 jewels
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 68h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Strap: Berenia leather, Granolo leather, rubber or Milanese stainless steel bracelet
  • Price/availability: £890 (Barenia leather or rubber strap), £895 (Granolo leather strap) or £905 (bracelet)

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About the author

Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.

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