In the last year, Farer has dedicated themselves to the art of creating chronographs. A most noble pursuit, if you ask me, it started with the release of their automatic chronographs. It was a step into luxury territory for the brand; they boasted refined cases with slim profiles, and an array of dial options that deftly mix a modern eye for color with classic watch design elements. These were followed up with a surprising duo of quartz chronos featuring split-second, flyback movements. A risky bet, but it paid off as the combination of appealing designs and generally cost-prohibitive functionality in an affordable package resonated with enthusiasts.
Today, Farer are releasing the next line in this series of chronographs with a logical follow up — hand-wound calibers. Of course, these aren’t just new movements in old watches; Farer has designed an entirely new case with a barrel shape and external bezel, channeling racing chronos of the ’60s. As is typical with their releases, there are also three distinct watches in the series, each with a different color palette and overall attitude. In keeping with the case, each watch is inspired by speed, and the pursuit of it, in some fashion.
The trio includes the predominantly black dialed, steel-bezeled Moritz, named for St. Moritz, a revered ski resort. Next is the blue, big-eye Cresta, named for the bobsled run created by the RAF in the ’30s. Lastly, there’s the white/cream dialed, ceramic-bezeled Bernina, named for the Bernina Pass, where Farer is sponsoring the 2019 Gran Turismo. Technically there is also a fourth model, which is a sub-edition of the Bernina limited to 20 units. All of the watches are powered by the Swiss-made Sellita SW510 BH hand-wound chronograph caliber, and all are priced at $1,950.