Hot off the release of their GMT Bezel collection, Farer has announced three new watches to form their Pilot collection. In typical Farer fashion, each features a unique design, only loosely referencing established archetypes of the genre. What’s more, the new watches are using Faraday cages to meet ISO 764 standards of anti-magnetism. The real star of the show here are three individual dial designs and color schemes that are thick on Farer personality.
The three models of the Pilot collection each house a Faraday cage inside a 39mm case. That may sound small for a pilot watch, but the dial of each is pushed right to the edge, with next to zero bezel getting in the way. The large dial gives the watch a much larger visual appearance without compromising the actual footprint on the wrist. The cage does mean a bump in thickness, which is listed at 12mm, though our calipers read 12.95mm. Still plenty wearable, but the added top section of the case is noticeable. The lug to lug measurement is 45mm thanks to short but shapely lugs.
Leading off we have the Bradfield, which receives a white dial with a light blue minute ring placed inside the Arabic hour numerals. The ring is stepped down from the plane of the dial creating some depth, and each ten minutes gets a red marking. Yellow broadsword hands provide a final pop of contrast to the dial. Lume is handled by exceptionally bright Grade A Super-LumiNova, which is placed around each of the hour numerals (with black infill), joining bright blue Super-LumiNova in the minute ring, and yellow Super-LumiNova in the hands. The result is a striking appearance in the dark. Heavy lume is a theme we see carried through each of these watches.
Providing the most traditional take on a Pilot watch we have the Morgan, with a black dial and minute markings taking priority over the hour track. Each 5 minute segment is marked with Arabic numerals with the hours appearing on the inner ring. A radial texture is used on the outer portion of the dial, providing a subtle differentiation from the inner dial. The broadsword hands are white with a bright blue outline, while the seconds hand gets the Farer “A” in red. The bits of color provide some drama to the otherwise classic dial. Super Lumi-Nova is used at the minute markings and within the hands, again providing more than enough night time visibility.
Finally, we have the Cayley. This watch brings oversized Arabic and Roman numerals together in a California dial configuration set against a rich midnight blue dial. The dial is split into quadrants via subtle crosshairs. Like the other models, the Cayley is labeled with the Farer universal branding at 12 o’clock, and a single line reading ‘automatic’ at 6 o’clock. Unlike the others, there is no inner ring present, so the placement of the ‘automatic’ in particular feels very high. The gulf of negative space underneath may be troublesome, but as we saw with the date placement on the Crooms Bezel, it brings some personality to the watch that will likely cause a ‘love it or hate it’ type reaction.
The Pilot collection uses the Sellita SW200-1, an automatic movement with 38 hours of reserve. The movement is placed within a soft-iron inner Faraday cage for protection from magnetic fields up to 500 Gauss. The watches make use of an onion-like crown, though not nearly as big, mercifully, with a machined bronze insert featuring the Farer ‘A’.
Each of the watches are offered on a Horween leather strap, and are priced at $895. The Pilot collection is available to order as of today directly from Farer right here.