As you all know, we had the absolute pleasure of meeting Nicholas Bowman-Scargill of Fears watches last month during his US Tour while he stopped in Nashville. The experience from start to finish was beyond words. Nicholas was everything we had hoped for and more when dealing with our very first interview with a watch brand. Friendly, open, honest, intelligent, passionate, genuine…there just truly aren’t enough words to describe Fears’ Watches 4th Managing Director. It wasn’t even until after hours went by from lunch and a podcast recording that we got our first look at this UK brand up close, and we were not disappointed!
We were able to look at a few examples of their Redcliff timepieces (which are being discontinued if you’re interested in picking one up) and their new wool watch straps that we reported on earlier. Then came the Brunswick which perfectly represents the Fears Watches slogan of “Elegantly Understated”. Every detail of this watch was clearly thought out with reason and a purpose. To be honest, before seeing them in person, I had a completely different idea of what to expect. Strapping this gorgeous timepiece onto the wrist, everything just made sense – the hours that we had spent getting to know Nicholas and the brand, the slogan, all of it was wrapped up in this timepiece. The curves of the cushion shaped 38mm case offer a subtle and sexy appeal that sits amazingly on the wrist. And then there are the dial, hands, and markers. So much detail packed into every single component of the watch. Just when we thought we had seen it all, Nicholas pulls out this new Brunswick dial and I am pretty sure the room got so quiet you could hear a pin fall to the floor…
Introducing the Fears Watches “Brunswick Blue”
Adding to the success of the white dial Brunswick, Fears Watches is introducing a new color option in a second generation case that keeps the same proportions of its predecessor. “Brunswick Blue” is a watch like no other and there are honestly no words to describe how absolutely stunning this dial is in person. In speaking with Nicholas that night, he explained to us all the detail and the process that goes into the dials (and in case you’re wondering, there are 56 processes, three layers, two colors, and two finishes that give this watch its unique appearance). Nicholas further discussed how difficult the dials were to produce successfully due to the highly volatile processing which leads to a high failure rate in order to create the perfect Fears Blue color.
But the beauty of this watch doesn’t stop there. The dial takes its inspiration from a 1940s Fears model and has hand-applied Arabic numerals. Each of these are then highly polished and rhodium plated to match the skeletonized hands. Finishing it off, the outer ring and center of the dial are lowered with a matte finish which contrasts against the reminder of the vertically hand grained dial, giving it a two-tone effect that dances in the light.
The Brunswick Blue is handbuilt in the UK and in limited batches of 20 pieces at a time. Every watch is paired with a handsome Bristol Leather strap in matching Fears Blue.
Brunswick Blue Specifications
Case: 316L Stainless Steel, 38mm x 38mm cushionshaped
Movement: ETA 7001, manual winding, 17 jewels, 21,600vph (3Hz) and 40 hr power reserve. Finished
Dial: Fears Blue in galvanic color. Sunken subsidiary seconds counter at 6 o’clock with vertical brushing (by hand) to outer ring and matt finish to the center and index ring. Two color printing. Polished and Rhodium plated hand applied alternate Arabic numerals.
Strap: Fears Bristol Leather Strap – crafted from premium calf leather made in Bristol. 20mm lugs.
Warranty: Two year guarantee from date of purchase
Price: £3,350 inc. VAT
Our Hands On Thoughts
I must say, writing this release has been fun as we actually got to see this watch. Instead of a first impression from pictures online, I can tell you from personal experience that this watch is phenomenal. The dial is truly something that you have to see in person to appreciate, and even then, every time you look back at it there is something new that stands out. It plays with the light like nothing I have ever seen before and is yet incredibly subtle. Admittedly I thought that the Brunswick was a dress watch, but the cushion case offers such a unique appearance that it could just as easily partner with jeans and a t-shirt. Every detail of this watch has been thought out and makes sense. This gets just about as close to perfection as you can and we look forward to seeing what Fears comes up with in the future.
Commenting on the launch of the new Brunswick Blue, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, (4th)
Managing Director of the Fears Watch Company says, “Just over two years ago we launched
our first mechanical watch in 40 years – the Brunswick – to a positive response. I’m delighted
to be launching the second steel Brunswick, which has been over a year in development. The
Brunswick Blue perfectly encapsulates Fears’ new design language. I’m delighted that Fears is
starting to be known for its subtle details and high quality.”
Check out the Brunswick Collection by going over to the Fears Watches website.