Apparently, the British watch scene is all about collaboration. First there was the inevitable partnership between Bamford Watch Department and Bremont, and now it’s the turn of two of the most recognisable independents in the UK: newly Bristol-based Fears and Norfolk’s Garrick. It’s been dubbed, inventively, the Fears Garrick.
First a bit of background on each. Fears has been our cover star before, and are relatively high-profile as British independents go, predominantly for the lovely cushion-cased Brunswick. Garrick on the other hand are haute horologists obsessed with creating an in-house watch, to the point of building their own superb movements.
The Fears Garrick plays to both of their strengths. The UTG04 manual-wind movement is Garrick’s own, and aside from contemporary anthracite finishing on the bridges, is defined by its oversized free-sprung balance wheel, visible through an opening in the dial. If you’ve seen any of their S models before, you’ll know roughly what to expect.
Aesthetically though, it’s pure Fears. Granted its circular rather than the cushion case of their flagship model, but the brand’s first collection was round so it’s not too big a departure. Otherwise, it has a classical white enamel dial and indexes the shape of Fears’ pipette motif. It’s the same with the 2 o’clock power reserve indicator too which, although it’s easy to miss, uses red pipettes to indicate low power.
Now, granted the layout of the twin subdials up top with that large aperture underneath looks a bit like a screaming face, complete with a moustache of skeleton hands – think Beauty and the Beast’s clockworth – but it oozes charm, and the attention to detail is characteristically obsessive.
Obviously, this is a much higher price point than we’re used to from Fears, price at £19,500. Even the intensely limited edition Archival is a good deal less. Garrick on the other hand tend to be a chunk of cash more expensive, making this the perfect halfway house.
Whichever way you look at it, you’re getting an incredible, homegrown movement and a watch as well built as any from a Swiss maison. That fact that it’s coming from two of the brands leading Britain’s watchmaking revival is just the slice of lemon in the G&T.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Fears Garrick
- Reference: BS84220
- Case/dial: 42mm diameter x 10mm thickness, stainless steel case, exhibition case back, Old English White with paper like matt white finish dial, rhodium bevelled edges to running seconds at 10 o’clock and balance opening at 6 o’clock, diamond polished ‘Edwin’ numerals, coating in Black Gold with Black and Red printing, skeletonised, polished and Thermally Blued ‘Fears’ hands
- Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
- Movement: Exclusive Garrick calibre UT G04 manual wound mechanical movement, in house free sprung Trinity balance tested and regulated to ensure a daily variance of +5 seconds, screwed and hand polished chatons (jewel settings), rhodium plated with black polished bridges,19 Jewels, hand frosted finish
- Power reserve: 45h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve
- Strap: Fears Blue or Taupe, British calf leather lined in Alcantara ®, handmade
- Price/availability: £19,500, limited to 10 – 15 watches per year