Fears Brunswick “Midas”

Fears Watches has announced its second model in the Brunswick watch family – the Brunswick “Midas”.

Named after King Midas from Greek mythology, this new hand-built watch is presented in a special, unique shade of gold inspired by the rolled-gold cases used by Fears in the 1940-70s.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Enamel White dial on a Fears Ultra Dark Blue Bristol Leather strap - on side

Like the steel Brunswick, the Brunswick “Midas” will be made in very small batches, each watch being hand built in Great Britain. The case of the “Midas” is made from Phosphor Bronze which is coated in 18ct Rose gold before a top coat of 9ct Yellow gold is applied.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Enamel White dial on a Fears Ultra Dark Blue Bristol Leather strap - Dual Gold 'Stippled' movement visible through exhibition caseback

The careful application of both colours and carat weights of gold combine to produce the special, warm shade of gold. Visible through the exhibition case back is the watch’s Swiss ETA 7001 manual winding movement, which has its bridges ‘stippled’ before receiving the same dual-gold coating.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Polar White dial on a Fears Blue strap - across dial

The Brunswick “Midas” features the same cold resin enamel dial as the steel Brunswick but with Fears skeleton hands that match the case and movement having been dual-gold coated.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Polar White dial on a Bristol Black strap - side

The new watch is joined by a range of premium straps featuring special leather made by Thomas Ware & Sons in Bristol. The tannery was established six years before Fears in 1840. Based in Bristol, they create leathers in the traditional way using hides from British cattle.

The leather straps start life with a matt understated finish before naturally polishing over time the more they’re worn. The Bristol Leather Straps are available in three colours; Bristol Black, Fears Ultra Dark Blue and English Tan.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Polar White dial on a Bristol Black Bristol Leather strap - pack shot (angle)

All three shades feature a new dark blue lining, embossed with “Bristol Leather”, as well as quick release spring-bars for easy fitting. These premium Bristol Leather Straps now come fitted on new Brunswick watches as well as being offered separately as an additional strap to existing Fears watch owners.

The Fears Brunswick “Midas” will retail for £3,950 inc. VAT and will be available from Spring 2019 with pre-orders being taken.

Fears Brunswick _Midas_ - Enamel White dial on a Bristol Black Bristol Leather strap - pack shot

The Fears Bristol Leather Straps are available in Bristol Black, Fears Ultra Dark Blue and English Tan in both ‘standard’ and ‘shorter’ sizes each retailing for £145 inc. VAT and are available to buy from the Fears online boutique from today. They are designed to fit all current Fears watches from the Brunswick and Redcliff collections as well as all watches with a 20mm lug width.

Technical details

Model: Fears Brunswick “Midas”

Case
Phosphor Bronze plated with multiple layers of yellow& rose gold, 38mm x 38mm cushion-shaped, plated and finished in the UK
Lug width: 20mm
Sapphire Crystals to front (with anti-reflective) and back

Movement
Top-grade ETA 7001, manual winding
17 jewel, 21,600vph (3Hz) and 40 hr power reserve
Movement bridges ‘stippled’ and gold plated in the UK

Dial
Cold resin enamel with skeleton Fears hands, plated in yellow & rose gold, made in the UK

Functions
Time with subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock

Warranty
2 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Fears Bristol Leather Strap – crafted from premium calf leather made in Bristol

Serial number
Individually numbered, sequentially

Model number
BS23801

Retail Price
£3,950 inc. VAT

Fears Bristol Leather Strap specification

  • Length: Standard (to fit wrists 178 – 210mm) or Shorter (to fit wrists 164 – 197mm)
  • Size: 20/16
  • Buckle: Stainless Steel with Fears Pipette engraving
  • Spring bars: Easy-Release
  • Lining stamping: “FEARS” & “BRISTOL LEATHER”
  • Outer material: Premium Calf leather made in Bristol, available in Bristol Black, Fears Ultra Dark Blue and English Tan
  • Lining materials: Calf leather in dark blue
  • Stitching: Tonally matching to outer material
  • Price: £145 inc. VAT
  • Watches compatible with: Brunswick (BS23800); Brunswick “Midas” (BS23801); Redcliff Date (BS13810); Redcliff Continental (BS13840) and Redcliff “Bee” (BS13810BEE)