It was only a matter of time before Farer capitalised on the zeitgeist for colourful, 36mm watches. Colour is kind of their thing, after all, and the Lander provides the perfect platform for a bit more experimentation – which is precisely what the British brand has done in the Farer Lander 36mm GMT.
As ever, this isn’t just one release but three, in line with Farer’s penchant for small, capsule drops of similarly themed watches. But where they generally design all three watches individually, here there’s a lot more similarity across the board, starting with the Lander IV.
The Lander IV is just a downsized version of the flagship Farer GMT. It has the same sea green dial with bright flashes of orange and red in the seconds and GMT hands respectively. The 36mm case doesn’t change things too much, just makes the entire ensemble a bit more wearable for smaller wrists. The real action is in the other pair of new pieces.
The Lander collection as a whole is named after Richard Lander, a British explorer from the mid-1800s, hence the globe-trotting appropriate GMT complication and rugged, explorer-style look. The new Kano and Sea Coast pieces amp up that link by referencing Lander’s own publication, “The Journal of Richard Lander from Kano to the Sea Coast” in both name and dramatic colour.
The first, the Kano, imitates the pink rock of Dala Hill in the Nigerian city of Kano. In this case, the seconds and GMT hands are in fuchsia and blue, toning down the otherwise dominating pink, with the date window matched to the main dial. Looking for a jet-set summer watch? This might well be it. Unlike the Lander IV, it also includes a 24-hour minute scale set between local and GMT hours. It’s a nice touch and makes the secondary timekeeping that much smoother.
The second watch in the pair refers to the second half of the same publication – the Sea Coast. I love this watch. It has the same layout and overall, triple-stepped look as the Kano, but the spearmint sunburst dial is something I need on my wrist. It’s bright, vibrant and unusual, a tropical flavoured ode to the African coastline. Aside from swapping the red and blue on the GMT and seconds hands, it’s the exact same watch as the Kano, including that 24-hour minute track. It’s the colour that differs and this would be my preference by a solid margin.
All three Farer Lander 36mm GMT’s are equipped with the Sellita SW330-2, complete with a 56-hour power reserve and protected by 100m of water resistance. It’s been decorated, but is otherwise par for the course here, solid, accurate and accessible. Pricewise, all three 36mm Landers are accessible too, set at £1,225. That’s something I’d need to think about for the Lander IV; it’s something I’d dive into for the Sea Coast.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Farer Lander IV, Lander Kano & Lander Sea Coast 36mm GMT
- Case/dial: 36mm diameter x 11mm thickness, stainless steel case, pink/spearmint green/iridescent sea green dial
- Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
- Movement: Sellita calibre SW330-2, automatic, 25 jewels
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 56h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT
- Strap: Leather with stainless steel buckle
- Price/availability: £1,225