Proudly British-based watch brand Garrick was set up by David Brailsford to produce fine watches from their base in Norfolk. While its designs are inherently British in character, nodding to the past, there is nothing historical about the movements at the heart of the watches. Now, movements are hand-wound and designed by Andreas Strehler.
Manufactured in both the UK and Switzerland, movement finishing, assembly and regulation all then takes place in the Norfolk workshop. Every watch is handmade to order, with a bespoke service offered on all watches. This thoughtful philosophy extends to the collections themselves, which are staunchly refined in their aesthetic.
Take the Norfolk, which acknowledges Britain’s maritime history with traditional design quirks and distinctive touches. The large nameplate is one of the key features of this watch – inspired by old instruments, it sits proudly on a clean grand feu enamel dial made entirely in-house using traditional methods. Also produced in-house are the thermally blued ‘maritime hands’, which make an appropriate finish thanks to their anchorlike profiles.
The Regulator, too, acknowledges the past – historically, regulators have been used as reference clocks for setting other clocks or watches, but Garrick’s Regulator differs to the original devices by featuring hours, minutes and seconds indicators. The end result is the discretion of the customer, with the stainless steel case available in frosted, polished, black DLC or grained finishes.
Our favourite piece, though, is the newest Portsmouth. Maritime-inspired, like the Norfolk, it goes a step further with the new hand-wound Garrick movement at the core. The British design, with its prominent balance bridge, has been frosted and polished by hand. The rim of the balance wheel is created from Sircumet (a patented anti-magnetic metal alloy), marking its first use in a wristwatch. Similar attention to detail has been paid to the design. The really rather beautiful silver dial, engraved with the ‘England’ motif, has been lacquered to produce a luxurious finish, although customers can of course choose their own dial design if they’d prefer.