You don’t need to be a designer to gauge that the watch world’s relationship with colour is lacklustre at best. Every brand that puts out a plain blue dial seems to want a pat on the back, regardless of the fact that it’s just not that interesting. Farer though… well, colour is kind of their thing.
The new 37mm hand-wound has a lot going for it. It’s classic cushion shape, the smaller vintage-style size, the reliable Swiss movement… but tying it all together is the dial. In the Hudson that means a splash of medium blue (none of the dark, metallic hue that’s everywhere) with flashes of green; orange indexes; red subdial numerals and a bright yellow second hand. There’s a lot going on.
It should clash, it really should. But it doesn’t. Instead there’s an eccentric charm to the dial. And yes, there are some less adventurous colourways for the Stanhope and Landsell but they still have their own combinations of colours that it takes confidence to pull off.
Of course if this were just about colour we’d have a Swatch here instead of Farer. They’ve switched their signature bronze crown for a steel one (though still with some of their signature metal) to avoid black fingers. Given that the hand-wound movement needs daily interactions, that’s actually quite a necessary change, and one that some designers would have missed.
The Farer Hand-Wound 37mm is no game-changer, no ground-breaking innovation. Yet if you’re after a charmingly eccentric, overtly traditionalist watch at a phenomenal price point of £975, you don’t have to look Far(er). Sorry.
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