Brew Watch Co. is no stranger to Worn & Wound. Founded by industrial designer Jonathan Ferrer, Brew kicked things off with a series of coffee-inspired chronographs, which were then followed by the mechanical HP-1 collection. On paper, coffee-inspired watches may seem gimmicky, and in the hands of a less deft designer they absolutely would be, but Ferrer has a knack for taking inspiration and distilling it down to its essence so that the watches ultimately stand on their own. That remains true with the Retrograph, the latest from Brew.
Throughout the ‘30s and well through the ‘50s, there were speciality chronographs nicknamed “telephone timers.” These watches featured hash marks at three-minute intervals on the minutes sub-dial. The reason? Calls were paid for in three-minute intervals, and wearers used their watches to time their calls. It’s a simple idea that has carried over through the decades to other watches, with numerous chronographs designed around different sporting events, among other things. The Retrograph continues in that tradition.