This timepiece is a collaborative creation by British watch brands Fears and Garrick. It was created as a result an imaginative partnership between David Brailsford of Garrick and Nicholas Bowman-Scargill of the Fears Watch Company.
The idea was to harmoniously fuse the design codes of both companies and exploit each firm’s strengths. The Fears Garrick watch unites Garrick’s watchmaking expertise with Fears’ rich heritage and obsessive eye for detail.
It comes in a curvaceous 42mm steel case, produced in Garrick’s Norfolk workshop. Painstakingly polished, the case’s sinuous profile makes the watch appear smaller than its stated dimensions would suggest.
The dial is dressed in a pure shade of white and marked with tastefully unobtrusive branding. The hours and minutes are conveyed with Fears’ signature open-worked hands, working in collaboration with applied Arabic numerals, which again are executed in Fears’ Edwin style. Named after the company’s founder, the typeset is a distillation of historical Fears typefaces. Indeed, this font was created exclusively for Fears.
A power-reserve indicator sits at 2 o’clock, while a small seconds display is positioned opposite. The aperture at the base of the dial reveals the balance. A chemin de fer encircles the dial, facilitating ease of read off.
The movement, the Garrick UTG04, is hand-wound and finished to an exalted level. Again, crafted in Norfolk, the Garrick UTG04 features six screwed chatons, an indication of its refined execution.
Returning to the balance wheel, positioned dial side, it features a free sprung balance. Unlike the ubiquitous index-regulated balance, the effective length of the hairspring remains constant.
The rate of the watch is adjusted by tightening/loosening the timing screws located on the rim of the balance wheel, effectively altering the moment of inertia. The benefits of this system include superior rate stability and less susceptibility to positional influence. In this instance, the timing screws are positioned in-board, mitigating air turbulence and, by default, aiding precision. Lastly, the balance features a beat adjuster, allowing the watchmaker to fine tune the anchor symmetry.
The Fears Garrick watch is available to order exclusively via Fears, retailing for £19,500 inc. VAT (£16,250 ex. VAT) with delivery commencing in December.
Model: Fears Garrick
904L stainless steel case
Exhibition case back
Water resistant to 100m
Lug width: 22mm
Glass: Sapphire crystal to front and back, both with ARdur® Swiss anti-reflective coating on inside and outside.
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
Hand frosted finish
Old English White with paper-like matte white finish. 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. Black and Red printing.
Hands: ‘Fears’ hands – Skeletonised, polished and Thermally Blued.
Hours, Minutes & Seconds
Power reserve display
2 Year guarantee from date of purchase
Fears Blue or Taupe, British calf leather, lined in Alcantara®, handmade
10-15 watches per year
Serial Number: Individually numbered, sequentially
£19,500 inc. VAT (£16,250 ex. VAT)