Farer Steps Up Their Game With Three Automatic Chronographs
Article By: Logan Hannen
Sept 13, 2018
Farer is an English brand that, at their core, consider themselves a brand for the “free-spirited modern adventurer,” and have defined a line of very functional tool watches with an extra layer of style and design since their launch. Each of their models, according to the brand, is named after a famous British explorer, and the three models in this new automatic chronograph collection are no exception. First, though, there are some basic specs that each of the new models have in common.
All three pieces run on a ETA Elaboré 2894-2 movement, a chronograph movement with some decoration beyond the standard, stock ETA movements (hence “Elabore”). The use of this caliber, according to Farer, was very intentional as a means of achieving some serious thinness on the Chronograph models’ 39mm stainless steel case (the depth of which is just under 13mm). Beyond that, the only unifier between the collection’s models is the fact that each comes with a Horween leather strap, color matched with their respective dials, and the fact that each comes with Superluminova on the dials, though only two of the models feature applied indices to house this lume.
The Farer Cobb
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Perhaps the most unique feature of this particular model is its use of a big eye chronograph layout, wherein one of the subdials on the watch (here, the 30 minute totalizer at 9 o’clock) is significantly larger than the other subdial(s) as a means of making important ones more easily locatable at a glance. The big eye subdial features a gradient light blue (not truly gradient, as the steps in color are clearly defined rather than seamlessly integrated, but gradient in principle), while the constant seconds counter at 3 o’clock features just two blue tones playing off each other in quadrants. The chronograph second hand is bright yellow, and the Cobb also features a date wheel at six o’clock that matches the black of the dial making for a more integrated aesthetic.
The Eldridge is by far the most visually striking of the trio, thanks in no small part to the sharp, chocolate color of the dial, and yet is simultaneously the most subdued in terms of details. While the “silk chocolate” colored dial and subdials certainly make for a unique overall color scheme, the only real colors on the dial aside from that are the blues of the sub-seconds and chronograph seconds hands, as well as the blued tip of the 30 minute totalizer at 9 o’clock. Perhaps the most impressive feature, given the unique color of the dial, is the fact that Farer have still managed to match the date wheel’s color to that of the dial. Most often, brands have a tendency to produce colored dials (i.e., non-black or white dials) and simply use a white date wheel to save on costs since that’s the color that comes stock on most movements. Farer replacing that stock date wheel with one color matched to the dial isn’t necessarily complicated, but it is tremendously impressive for a brand in this price point when so many comparable brands simply don’t do this. This is also the only of the three to not feature applied indices anywhere on the dial, with Farer having opted instead to paint the lume directly onto the dial in a sort of mint green color.
Farer Seagrave on Wrist
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As far as the trio of chronographs goes, the Seagrave is easily the most traditional design. It features the dial design that has become known as a reversed panda dial (which is to say, it features a black main dial with white subdials, where a standard panda dial would be black subdials on a white main dial). This look has been sported by a number of Rolex Daytonas and Omega Speedmasters throughout the years, and has become the chronograph’s iconic design in many ways. The other colors involved in the Seagrave are orange on the chronograph seconds hand and on the tip of the 30 minute totalizer, and green adorning the constant seconds hand.
All three models retail for $1,950.00 USD, and are available exclusively through Farer directly.
I used to hate chronographs. No, seriously, I did. It wasn’t until I saw the Omega Speedmaster Moonphase with that gorgeous sunburst blue dial that I finally got it, which is funny, because that’s one of the least “tool-y” chronographs there are, but still. So what does that have to do with these Farers? Well, I’ve always been hypercritical of chronographs since it took me so long to get them, but something about these just work for me. They embody a spirit of mechanical timekeeping that I think is, in many ways, lacking from the sort of entry level mechanical chronograph market. While so many vintage chronographs may look the same on the surface, they each had their own unique charm and, indeed, unique reason for existing. In the same way, I think that these three new offering from Farer try to accomplish the same thing. The Seagrave is the unabashed traditionalist’s choice. The Eldridge is designed, I think, to be a more dressy offering. And, of course, the Cobb is the sort of spiritual successor to the Heuer Skipper – tons of fun with the colors, pure sport watch aesthetics, and all without sacrificing legibility and functionality. As far as it goes, Farer are doing some really cool things across all of their model lines, and seem to be having fun doing it, and this new collection of chronographs is just further proof that they know exactly what they’re doing and plan to continue doing it for as long as we’ll have them.
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