Unveiled in November 2017, the Brunswick is Fears Watch Company’s first mechanical watch after its resurrection. This watch is the first in a new, premium family of hand-built watches that are directly inspired by timepieces from the Fears archive.
This timepiece takes its name from Brunswick Square in Bristol, which was the location of the Fears exporting business, Fears (Export) Limited, that was established in 1920 at No. 14. From these premises, the company shipped its watches to 95 countries around the world, conducting such a significant amount of business that they had their own Post Office branch located inside.
The shape of the Brunswick has been influenced by the glamour of the 1920s & 30s and specifically a sterling silver Fears watch dating from 1924.
This particular timepiece was made in the early years of wrist watches, when the round watch case that is so prevalent today had yet to achieve its dominance.
Instead, it features a shape that was very popular at this time – the cushion case. The Brunswick uses a similar shaped cushion case with its elegant combination of a rounded square with a circular dial.
The many curves and surfaces that give the Brunswick its distinctive look provide a number of manufacturing complications. Once the basic case is machined it requires an entire day of hand polishing by an expert watchmaker to give it its final brilliant finish. Set into the top of the case is a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
Visible through the Brunswick’s sapphire crystal exhibition case back is the watch’s mechanical heart, a top-grade Swiss ETA 7001. This manual wind movement is decorated in the UK with Côtes de Genève and displays the time with seconds on a subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock, just like the watch from 1924.
Along with the case, the dial and hands have also been made in the UK and are bespoke to Fears. The Brunswick uses special skeletonised and thermally blued versions of the distinctive ‘Fears’ hands, first seen on the Fears Redcliff Date.
These hands sit on a highly polished cold resin enamel dial, which evokes the feel of the white enamel dials used by Fears on their first pocket and wrist watches.
The Fears Brunswick retails for £2,300 inc. VAT.
Model: Fears Brunswick
Model number: BS23800
316L Stainless Steel, 38mm x 38mm cushion-shaped
Manufactured and finished in the UK
Lug width: 20mm
Sapphire Crystals to front (with anti-reflective) and back
Top-grade ETA 7001, manual winding
17 jewel, 21,600vph (3Hz) and 40 hr power reserve
Movement decorated with Côtes de Genève in the UK
Cold resin enamel with skeleton ‘Fears’ hands, thermally blued, both made in the UK
Time with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock
Genuine Alligator in four colours; Jet Black, Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red & Emerald Green
Starting from 1, sequentially
£2,300 inc. VAT