Fears Garrick

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.

Fears Garrick watch

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.

Fears X Garrick watch

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.

Fears Garrick mechanical watch

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.

Fears Garrick watch with white dial

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.

Fears Garrick watch movement

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.

Fears Garrick watch

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.

Fears Garrick watch case back view

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.

Technical details

Model: Fears Garrick
Reference: BS84220

Case
904L stainless steel case
42mm diameter
10mm depth
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.

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

Dial
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.

Functions
Hours, Minutes & Seconds
Power reserve display

Warranty
2 Year guarantee from date of purchase

Strap
Fears Blue or Taupe, British calf leather, lined in Alcantara®, handmade

Production
10-15 watches per year
Serial Number: Individually numbered, sequentially

Retail price
£19,500 inc. VAT (£16,250 ex. VAT)

Garrick S4

British watch maker Garrick presents S4, a new entry-level watch with a sumptuous dial that employs an elaborate and highly innovative construction technique. Despite its impressive in-house content and high-quotient of hand-craftsmanship, this new mechanical timepiece remains surprisingly affordable.

Garrick S4

Since its inception, Garrick has always tried to make many of its watch components in-house and by hand. Every Garrick timepiece is built to order by watchmakers Craig Baird and Simon Michlmayr.

In recent years, the brand has shown its in-house watchmaking expertise again and again, releasing several refined timepieces. Some of these models are equipped with the firm’s exclusive movements, feature skeleton or guilloché dials and all are enriched with high-end finishing.

Garrick S4

Whereas the mass-produced approach is to stamp a dial blank from a ribbon of brass, Garrick uses a lathe to create a brass disc. Two feet are riveted to the underside of the dial blank which ultimately unites the dial with the movement. The dial blank is ‘flattened’ using fine abrasive paper in order to remove any burrs or imperfections, creating a smooth surface. Thereafter, the dial is bead blasted. A chapter ring, effectively a circlet of metal, is paired with a smaller ring for the small seconds. These are then drilled, creating holes to facilitate fixing.

Garrick S4

The chapter ring is clamped between two plates and baked at 300°C. This hardens the metal and removes any springiness. After the chapter ring has cooled, it is ‘spun’ on a lathe, creating a motif termed ‘satiné circulaire’. Furthermore, the hour track and minute track are delineated from one another with an engraved pattern called ‘sauté piqué.

Garrick S4

Laser engraving is used to impart Roman numerals to the chapter ring. The resultant recesses are then inked by hand using a special syringe pen. Once the ink has dried, the chapter ring is cleaned and spun again to remove any excess ink.

Garrick S4

Upholding fine watchmaking practise, the Maritime hour and minute hands are heat-blued and the collet sat atop these hands is hand-polished to a brilliant conclusion. The central area of the dial is frosted, while the small seconds display is suffused with an intricate hand-guilloché motif, executed on a traditional rose-engine lathe. Alternatively, the central dial area can be specified with a contrasting guilloché pattern.

Garrick S4

The British-made case, measuring 42mm in diameter, is made from 904L stainless. This particular grade of steel provides superior scratch resistance to the ubiquitous 316L grade as well as exhibiting a notably brilliant gleam. Alternatively, the Garrick S4 can be specified with an 18-carat gold case.

Garrick S4

Garrick S4 is equipped with a modified hand-wound ETA movement. It is rhodium-plated, features an engraved barrel and crown wheel cover. Inspired by old English pocket watches, the frosted movement is equipped with a three-quarter plate and also includes a screwed balance. After the movement is tested, it is regulated, delivering a daily variance of +3 seconds.

Garrick S4 movement

The watch is available with a choice of straps, including handmade alligator, calf leather or ostrich. The price of Garrick S4 starts at £4995.

Technical details

Case
904L Stainless Steel or Gold
42mm Diameter
10 mm Depth
Sapphire crystal with AR coating
22mm Lugs
Exhibition case back
Water Resistant to 100m

Dial
Hand frosted & rhodium-plated dial
Applied Breguet style chapter ring with ink-filled numerals
Hours, minutes and sub-seconds indications
Hands: Handmade steel, grained, polished or heat blued Hours, Minutes

Movement
Hand-wound calibre BF03 (modified 6498) with engraved barrel and crown wheel cover
Screwed balance – tested and regulated to ensure a daily variance of +3 seconds
Rhodium-plated and hand frosted surfaces
19 Jewels

Strap
Handmade Alligator, calf leather, Buffalo and Ostric
316L Stainless Steel pin buckle

Versions available
S4 Stainless Steel case with frosted dial: £4,995 including VAT
S4 Stainless Steel case with engine-turned dial: £5,995 including VAT
S4 Stainless Steel case with blue engine-turned dial: £6,995 including VAT
S4 Stainless Steel case with gold engine-turned dial: £6,995 including VAT
S4 18 Carat gold case with frosted dial: £10,995 including VAT
S4 18 Carat gold case with engine-turned dial: £11,495 including VAT

Garrick S3

Following the success of the S1 and S2 models, British luxury watch brand Garrick releases its latest timepiece S3, which is the company’s most technical watch to date. Showcasing the brand’s horological expertise and penchant for hand craftsmanship, this new creation features an open-worked dial revealing a myriad of components usually hidden from view.  The new manual wound movement, the UT-GO4 calibre, encompasses chatons and peerless finishing, including time-consuming black polishing.

Introduced in 2018, the Garrick S1 model featured an open-worked dial which exposed a series of gears and pinions, positioned atop the mainplate. The S3 is different. The S3’s mainplate is a new design featuring a number of recesses which accommodate the aforementioned parts. These parts sit flush with the upper mainplate surfaces, providing a neater appearance.

This specification detail meant Garrick’s watchmakers had to revisit each movement component and, in many cases, relocate parts in order to ensure functionality and augment the model’s aesthetic allure. Ultimately, these various changes led to the creation of the new UT-GO4 calibre.

Consistent with previous models, the S3 features Garrick’s Maritime hour and minute hands, crafted in-house and heat blued. The hour track incorporates Roman numerals and, once again, is made in-house and thermally blued. Its dial also features a small-seconds display and a power-reserve indicator. As per the S1, clients can select a discreet nameplate or choose to eschew dialside branding.

Garrick S3

The balance is positioned front of house, in the lower portion of the dial. A prominent bridge spans the balance wheel and is enriched with straight graining and black polishing. The movement is endowed with a Trinity free-sprung balance made of Sircumet, a non-magnetic alloy exclusive to Garrick. A free-sprung balance enhances isochronism and mitigates positional influence on the rate, surpassing the ubiquitous index-adjusted balance. The timing screws affixed to the balance wheel are set in-board, reducing air turbulence and, by default, augmenting precision.

Garrick S3 caseback

The gears and a plethora of other components are made in-house using traditional watchmaking machines such as jig borers and lathes. Numerous grey-toned parts are, once again, made of Sircumet and subject to black polishing. This latter type of finish necessitates polishing parts on a tin plate in conjunction with diamantine paste, flattening the surface and delivering a brilliant, mirror-like appearance. The rhodium-plated movement is hand-frosted and features chatons.

Available in steel or gold, the Garrick S3 is limited to just five pieces per year.

Technical details

Case
904L Stainless Steel or Gold
42mm Diameter
10 mm Depth
Sapphire crystal with AR coating
22mm Lugs
Exhibition case back
Water Resistant to 100m

Dial
Gold or Rhodium plated with black polished bridges
Applied heat blued steel chapter ring
Hours, minutes and power reserve indications
Hands: Handmade steel, grained, polished or heat blued Hours, Minutes & Power Reserve

Movement
Exclusive Garrick calibre UT-G04 manual wound mechanical movement
In-house free-sprung balance – tested and regulated to ensure a daily variance of +3 seconds
Screwed and hand-polished chatons (jewel settings)
Rhodium plated with black polished bridges
19 Jewels
Hand frosted finish
Power Reserve: 45 hours

Functions
Hour, minute and small seconds
Power Reserve

Strap
Handmade Alligator, calf leather, Buffalo and Ostrich.
316L Stainless Steel pin buckle

Retail price
£24,162.50 ex vat (outside the EU) and £28,995 inc vat (inside the EU).

Garrick S2 Central Seconds

The British watch brand, Garrick, unveils its latest horological creation, the S2 Central Seconds. This timepiece pairs a new movement, the Calibre UT-G03, with a high quotient of hand craftsmanship. It represents the pinnacle of Garrick ownership with its engine turned dial, applied chapter ring and faceted lancine hands, all painstakingly crafted in-house. Furthermore, this is the first Garrick model endowed with a central sweep seconds display.

Garrick offers prospective clients the opportunity to specify their preferred dial colour and choose from a selection of dial patterns, hands and mainplate finishes. Once again, the Norwich-based firm demonstrates it is the antithesis of mass production, favouring excellence over output. The Garrick S2 Central Seconds represents the latest chapter in the company’s history and confers a degree of exclusivity seldom found at this price point.

At the heart of Garrick’s paradigm is an unwavering desire to create new models, utilising in-house expertise and harnessing domestically sourced skills. Over the years, Garrick has released several watches, each crafted in its Norwich workshop and incorporating a high quotient of hand craftsmanship.

Previously, all of Garrick’s movements have incorporated a small seconds indication. However, for the first time, with the advent of the Calibre UT-GO3, the brand unveils its latest model endowed with a central sweep seconds display, the aptly named Garrick S2 Central Seconds.

This watch is housed in a 42mm 904L stainless steel case, made within the confines of the company’s Norwich workshop. The case exhibits a brilliant gleam. A fluted onion crown adds a flurry of style and proves simple to manipulate. Garrick also offers an 18-carat gold case option for those prospective clients seeking the ultimate expression of luxury.

The engine-turned dial, sometimes termed ‘guilloché’, is available in a choice of rhodium or gold plate finishes. In the case of the rhodium dial, it is treated on three separate occasions in order to achieve an attractive shade of dark grey. Alternatively, would-be wearers can choose from different dial motifs and colours, sating any personal preferences.

A chapter ring, framing the centrally positioned, engine-turned motif, sits on a higher level and is adorned with a circular grained pattern. The hours are denoted with thermally blued Roman numerals, while a chemin de fer facilitates the read-off of minutes and seconds. The lancine hands, again made in-house, feature faceted edges, augmenting readability. Clients can choose from polished, brushed or thermally blued steel hands.

It takes around five days to build and finish the dial of the Garrick S2 Central Seconds.

Upholding the design language of the company’s popular Portsmouth model, the dial includes a large aperture at 6 o’clock. This opening grants views of the balance wheel oscillating to and fro. The mainplate can be specified in frosted gold plate or rhodium plate with perlage decoration.

The Calibre UT-GO3 can be viewed via the exhibition caseback. The rim of the balance wheel is made of a patented anti-magnetic alloy called Sircumet. The rate of the movement is altered by adjusting the timing screws on the balance. These screws are set inboard, mitigating air turbulence and, in so doing, augmenting precision.

Whether its the engine-turned dial, the applied chapter ring with thermally blued numerals, the in-house hands or the elevated movement finishing, with this British watch, peerless craftsmanship abounds. The S2 Central Seconds represents the pinnacle of Garrick ownership and confers a degree of exclusivity seldom found with mass produced watches.

Price is £11,500 ex VAT (outside the EU) and £13,800 including VAT (inside the EU).

Garrick Regulator, New Versions with Engine-turned Dials

Garrick, the Nofolk-based watchmaker, once again, showcases British craftsmanship by offering its popular ‘Regulator’ with a remarkable handcrafted dial. The dial is adorned with an intricate motif formed using a rose engine lathe, imbuing the surface with a wondrous depth and three-dimensional allure. The work is undertaken in Great Britain by a time-served artisan, reinforcing Garrick’s belief that its home nation is a haven of peerless craftsmanship.

In 2017, Garrick released new versions of its existing Portsmouth, each endowed with an engine-turned dial, often referred to as a ‘guilloché’ dial. The dials, offered in a selection of colours, featured a fan-type pattern and evinced a traditional appearance.

Now, Garrick unveils a series of new engine-turned dials for its Regulator model. Whereas, the aforementioned Portsmouth dials appeared classical, the new Regulator dials bristle with modernity. The circular barleycorn motif emanates from the centre, steadily increasing in size, enriching the dial vista with a lustrous and dynamic appearance.

The separate indications of hours, minutes and seconds are presented in black and contrast beautifully with the silver hued dial. The movement is inverted with the balance wheel located at 10 o’clock. The open-worked balance bridge allows the wearer to see the balance in flight, oscillating to and fro. A partial view of the centre wheel provides a reminder that the gear train sits just below the dial surface, efficiently transferring energy from the spring barrel.

With its fastidiously polished British case, expertly finished hand wound Unitas movement and engine-turned dial, this Garrick timepiece showcases superb craftsmanship. Indeed, there is nothing regular about the Garrick Regulator and its engine-turned dial.

Technical details

Case – 42mm 940l Stainless steel with a choice of finishes.

Dial – Silver engine turned base in a choice of patterns and finishes.

Hands – Handmade steel hands, frosted, polished or heat blued.

Movement -Modified Unitas 6497 with screwed balance and unique gear train.

Garrick S1

Designed especially for the most discerning purists, Garrick’s S1 is a fascinating timepiece suffused with a plethora of no-compromise details. The S1 is equipped with the UT-G02 calibre which features a Trinity free-sprung balance, olive jewels and gold chatons. The new Garrick S1 watch is handcrafted in-house by Master Watchmaker, Craig Baird.

The dial freely discloses a plethora of gears. Each gear is cut, finished and assembled by hand. Prospective purchasers are able to choose from a selection of different hand styles which are again, cut and finished by hand in the Garrick workshops.

Both the hands and screws are thermally blued, consistent with fine watchmaking practice. A small seconds display and power reserve indicator occupy the upper portion of the dial.

Housed within the 42mm case, the UT-G02 calibre incorporates various enhancements for the delectation of purists. Gold chatons abound, nestling adjacent brushed, hand-frosted and grained surfaces. The Trinity free-sprung balance mitigates positional errors and olive jewels reduce friction. Uniquely, the balance is made of Sircumet, a material which is endowed with anti-magnetic properties.

It takes four months to make one S1 by hand, conferring a high degree of exclusivity. The Garrick S1 sets aside mass production, showcasing British craftsmanship at its finest.
The S1 is limited to only 10 pieces and priced at £23,329 ex VAT.

Technical details

Case
316L Stainless Steel polished and finished by hand
42mm Diameter
10mm Depth
Sapphire crystal with AR coating
20mm Lugs
Exhibition case back
Water Resistant to 100m

Dial
Gold plated base with screwed chatons
Gold and rhodium plated hand-cut gears
Brushed steel handcrafted chapter rings
Sub seconds
Power reserve indication

Movement
Exclusive Garrick calibre UT-G02 manual wound mechanical movement with olive jewels
In-house free sprung balance – tested and regulated to ensure a daily variance of +3 seconds
19 Jewels
Gold or Silver frosted finish

Functions
Seconds displayed on sub-dial at 10 o’clock
Power reserve indication at 2 o’clock
Power Reserve: 45 hours

Hands
Handmade steel, grained, polished or heat blued hours & minutes
Heat blued or polished sub seconds

Strap
Alligator or premium leather
316L Stainless Steel pin buckle

Garrick Norfolk

Celebrating Great Britain’s rich maritime history, the Norfolk watch by London based Garrick exhibits a traditional aesthetic, imbued with flourishes of individualistic detail. This watch was designed by esteemed freelance designer, Michael Holbeck.

The large nameplate is a key feature of the Norfolk, and is inspired by old instruments which proudly displayed the makers name on a steel or brass plate. The grand feu dial is made entirely in-house using traditional methods. First the dials are turned from silver and an enamel coating is applied to the front and back of the dial to prevent warping.

The fired enamel dial is paired with Garrick’s unique ‘Maritime hands’. The hour and minute hands, with their anchor-like profiles, are produced in-house and thermally blued, in keeping with fine watchmaking tradition.

Housed within a 42mm case (manufactured locally and finished in-house), the hand-wound movement is finished to Garrick’s exacting standards.

Two versions are available to purchase: A flat engraved case-back or Exhibition version with Sapphire crystal and plated movement. The price of the handcrafted Norfolk is £2295 – £2795.

Technical details

Case
316L Stainless Steel.
42mm Case
12.5mm Depth
Sapphire Crystal with AR Coating
20mm Lugs

Dial
Machined Silver Dial, Enamel Coated
Stainless Steel chapter ring and nameplate

Movement
Manual Wind NOS Unitas 6497
Screwed Balance Wheel
Thermal Blued Screws

Functions
Hours and Minutes & Subsidiary Seconds
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 18000 vph

Hands
Polished Steel or Thermal Blued Steel Hours & Minutes
316L Stainless Steel pin buckle

Strap
Alligator, Rubber or Premium Leather

Garrick Portsmouth MK2

The latest Garrick Portsmouth showcases a new, improved case design. The sinuous lines of the 42mm case are smoother and feature a finer polished surface.

Greater choice is granted with an array of different hand options. Would-be wearers can now choose from polished, grained or thermally blued hands.

In addition, the scale of the dial cartouche has been reduced in order to reveal more of the gorgeous dial surface. A free-sprung Trinity balance is now employed, made from an anti-magnetic metal alloy called Sircumet, delivering even more impressive levels of precision.

However, the most noticeable change to the Portsmouth relates to the new dial options. Each dial is turned on a rose-engine lathe, upholding the artisanal craft of hand guilloché. The motif created resembles a series of fan-shaped patterns, each interacting with one another to glorious effect. Prospective purchasers are now offered three dial colours, namely, blue, grey and silver.

Rest assured the latest Portsmouth continues to feature the brand’s exclusive UT-G01 Calibre movement. The design of the movement, with its prominent balance bridge, is intended to look stereotypically British. Furthermore, the movement is assembled, finished and regulated in the brand’s own British workshop.

Despite making various improvements to the Portsmouth, some of which have incurred additional cost, Garrick has chosen to maintain the existing price of £17,995. This handsome timepiece now represents even greater value for money, especially considering it is crafted by hand and produced in very limited numbers.

Garrick Portsmouth

UK based watch brand Garrick has partnered with esteemed freelance designer, Michael Horlbeck, to create their latest timepiece, the Portsmouth.

The silver dial of the Portsmouth is engraved with a unique ‘England’ motif and thereafter lacquered. Numerous processes have been employed to achieve a sumptuous finish like no other. However, upholding its reputation for handcrafted bespoke timepieces, clients can choose an alternative dial design, incorporating an engine-turned pattern should they wish.

The brand’s visually striking bevelled and thermally blued Maritime hands, first seen on the Norfolk, are retained. They are made in-house by the company’s own time-served artisans. Meanwhile, a gorgeous mirror polished, hand-chamfered balance bridge resides at the base of the dial.

At first glance, the new 42mm stainless steel case may look similar to its forebears, but it is actually more refined, sporting a highly polished finish and delivering a superb tactile feel. Moreover, the timepiece appears much smaller when worn and is said to resemble a 40mm case.

At the heart of the Portsmouth is a new hand-wound exclusive Garrick movement. This exclusive UT-G01 calibre movement has been designed by eminent watchmaker, Andreas Strehler and his company UhrTeil AG. While some movement components are crafted by UhrTeil AG, other parts are made in Garrick’s own workshop in Norfolk. The design of the movement, with its prominent balance bridge, is intended to look stereotypically British. Furthermore, the movement is assembled, finished and regulated in the brand’s own British workshop.

The hand-wound movement is frosted and polished by hand, typical of high-end watchmaking, and features the brands own Trinity balance. The rim of the balance wheel on this timepiece is made of a patented anti-magnetic metal alloy called Sircumet and is employed for the first time within a wristwatch.

Technical details

Case
316L Stainless Steel.
42mm Diameter
11 mm Depth
Sapphire crystal with AR coating
20mm Lugs
Exhibition case back
Water Resistant to 100m

Dial
Machined silver engine turned dial
Brushed steel chapter ring and nameplate

Movement
Exclusive Garrick calibre UT-G01 manual wind mechanical movement
In-house free sprung balance – tested and regulated to ensure a daily variance of +3 seconds
19 Jewels
Gold or Silver frosted finish

Functions
Seconds displayed on sub-dial at 10 o’ clock
Power Reserve: 45 hours

Hands
Handmade steel, heat blued Hours & Minutes
Heat blued sub seconds

Strap
Alligator or premium leather
316L Stainless Steel pin buckle

Garrick Regulator

Regulators have been used for generations as reference clocks for setting other clocks or watches. Typically the minute hand has enjoyed greatest prominence on the dial, with the hour hand often presented off-centre.

Garrick has taken the notion of a regulator and created its very own, individual interpretation of the genre. Unlike ‘typical’ regulators, the Garrick Regulator, features three indications: hours, minutes and seconds, each delivered off-centre, on its own unique subdial.

Positioned at 3 o’clock, the minutes display is presented on the largest of the three subdials, using a chapter ring and lancine-shaped, thermally blued hand. The hours are shown at 6 o’clock, again in conjunction with a lancine-shaped, thermally blued hand. Finally, a small seconds display resides at noon, employing a cheerful red hued hand.

Part of the charm of the Garrick Regulator is the frosted dial canvas which stylishly contrasts with the black DLC coated steel case, measuring 42mm in diameter.

The SM010 Calibre, a hand-wound movement stands testament to the technical prowess of Garrick’s watchmaking team with expert finishing much in evidence. A large aperture, adjacent the various dial indications, reveals Garrick’s own ‘free-sprung balance’. Moreover, the no-compromise specification of the Garrick Regulator includes a hairspring equipped with a Breguet overcoil, deliberately included to sate the desires of the most discerning of collectors.

The Garrick Regulator is limited to 15 pieces and priced attractively at £6995.

GARRICK

Born out of a desire to create fine timepieces with a distinctly British character, Garrick has been conceived to produce watches infused with high-quality finishing and details designed to appeal to the cognoscenti. These are watches intended to appeal to the purist, through their no-compromise construction and design integrity.

David Brailsford, a successful entrepreneur, has been an avid collector of fine wristwatches, pocket watches, antiquities and art for many years. With his keen interest in British naval history and maritime instruments, David has always dreamed of combining several of his passions. This aspiration has led to the creation of Garrick.

David has assembled a team consisting of some of the finest watchmaking talent in the UK, along with seasoned management. The company’s ambition is to craft fine timepieces that both horological aficionados and watchmakers can truly appreciate.

Significant investment has been made in an existing facility, including the purchase of new plant.The rationale for this approach is to craft many of the components in-house. Several elements, too, are externally sourced from British manufacturers, despite the availability of cheaper alternatives offered by overseas suppliers.

An essential part of the Garrick philosophy is frankness. The provenance of the watches bearing the Garrick name must never be in question; hence David has sought to bring transparency to the company which he leads. A Garrick watch is thus comprised of the following: A Swiss movement will provide the basis for the new Garrick watches, modified and enhanced in Britain.

The cases are machined from stainless steel 316L, arguably one of the finest materials available for this purpose. These will be crafted to a high standard by an English company. Dials are produced in-house, employing hand-assembly method, its three-part construction conferring a delightful depth and representing the absolute antithesis of mass production. A free sprung-balance, produced in-house, will provide a means to precisely poise the hand-wound movement and confer accurate timekeeping. The increased cost of manufacture is obvious, but the pursuit of perfection leaves no room for compromise at Garrick.

Hand-bevelled bridges, thermally-blued screws and other examples of exemplary finishing provide further testament to the excellence demanded by Garrick. Such are the exacting standards which define the company’s ethos that assembly takes place within a dust-free environment where “positive air pressure” prevents contaminated air entering the workshop.

Celebrating the best of Great Britain
Embodied in the Garrick culture is a desire to celebrate Britain’s illustrious watchmaking prowess of yesteryear. Although Great Britain made an indelible mark on civilisation during the Industrial Revolution of the Late-18th and Early-19th Centuries, the nation failed to apply this concept to the serial production of pocket watches and, subsequently, wristwatches.

Great Britain was once the home of horology, with such luminaries as Arnold, Graham, Harrison, Mudge and Tompion writing the early history of watchmaking. Regrettably, the ingenuity and skill shown by these remarkable gentlemen is now often forgotten, or claimed by others. Subsequent mass production of watches in the United States and, most notably, Switzerland, has caused many individuals to be unaware of Great Britain’s unparalleled contribution.

Producing a 100% “Manufacture” movement has become very difficult for those companies outside of the USA, Japan, Germany and Switzerland. To produce everything in-house requires vast capital and resources, which invariably prove beyond the grasp of all but a few brands. Although the terms “manufacture” and “in-house” are often used indiscriminately, Garrick wishes to be utterly transparent about the source of its components.

In every Garrick watch, the main plate, gear train, spring barrel, balance spring and mainspring all come from a Swiss-made base movement. The talented craftsmen at the Garrick works expertly modify and finish these raw components. In some instances, new, locally-produced parts are used instead, enhancing the specification and imbuing the timepieces with inimitable British character.

The desire to create a watch which celebrates British watchmaking is something close to the heart of David Brailsford and his colleagues. It is born out of a need to champion home-grown talent and create a new chapter in British watchmaking history. Marketing hyperbole has no part in this. Instead, Garrick is the embodiment of the patriotic motivation of an individual who wishes to facilitate the manufacturing of fine timepieces in Great Britain, watches that withstand the closest scrutiny and which will provide reliable service for generations to come.

Announced in 2014, the hand-wound Shaftesbury sm301 was the first watch to bear the Garrick name.

Official Website: http://www.garrick.co.uk/

Garrick Shaftesbury sm301

Garrick, the young watch brand based in Britain announces its debut with its first timepiece, the Shaftesbury sm301. A fine English watch with impeccable breeding, the hand wound Shaftesbury sm301 will be launched later this year.

This exceptional mechanical timepiece will be equipped with a machined brass dial, featuring an enamel coating and polished stainless steel, leaf shaped hour and minute hands, designed to look resplendent in ambient light. In addition, a small second’s display, with a slender red hand, will reside adjacent 6 o’clock.

There will be a delightful depth to the dial, courtesy of raised stainless steel chapter rings, mounted on steel pillars. The chapter rings are held in position with thermally blued screws, adding a flourish of colour with their vibrant bluish-purple hue, differentiating this watch from those which are mass-produced.

The case of Shaftesbury sm301 is to be constructed of stainless steel 316L, arguably one of the finest materials available for this purpose, measuring a highly agreeable 42mm in diameter, conferring ubiquitous appeal. The surface of the case will feature Garrick’s unique scratch resistant treatment, helping to preserve the factory-fresh appearance of the Shaftesbury sm301 for many years to come.

The planned incorporation of an onion-shaped crown will proffer ease of operation, as well as an elegant aesthetic, cohesively complementing the exterior of this handsome Garrick timepiece.

A talented team of English-based, Swiss-trained, watchmakers will use an existing vintage Unitas 6498.1 base movement and enhance it to Garrick’s exacting standards. The specification will include an in-house free sprung balance, open spring barrel and thermally blued screws. The artisans based at Garrick’s workshop, plan to include in-house open bridges with hand bevelled edges, evincing a traditional mien.

Technical details

Case
316L Stainless Steel
42mm Case
Sapphire Crystal with AR coating
20mm Lugs

Dial
Machined Brass Dial with enamel coating
Stainless Steel chapter rings
Chapter Rings are raised on steel pillars
Thermally Blued screws hold the Chapter Rings in place

Hands
Polished Stainless Steel Hours and Minutes
Red Subsidiary Seconds

Movement
Manual Wind NOS Unitas 6498 base movement
In-House Free Sprung Balance
Open Barrel
In-House Open Bridges with bevelled edges
Thermally Blued Screws

Functions
Hours and Minutes displayed on the off-centre dial
Seconds displayed on sub dial at 6 o’ clock
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 18000 vph

Strap
Alligator or Premium Leather
316L Stainless Steel pin buckle