Boutique British watchmaker Farer have just released what many in the horological community are calling their best watch to date – the Farer Roché World Timer.
Hewn from 316L stainless steel, the svelte 39mm case of the Roché World Timer is a mere 11mm thick, ensuring that the timepiece offers a great amount of bandwidth when it comes to wearability, while simultaneously landing it firmly in what many consider to be the “Goldilocks zone” of watch sizes.
Housed inside the polished steel case is ETA’s venerable 2893-1 “Top Grade” movement, a self-winding job that offers a great many features, including 48 hours of power reserve, world time complication, date complication, 21 jewels and 28,800 (4Hz) vibrations per hour.
Navigating and setting the various features of the Farer Roché World Timer has also been made easy thanks to two separate crowns. The first, which is located at the traditional three o’clock position, allows wearers to adjust the time, date and universal 24-hour disk. While the second crown, which can be found on the opposite side of the case at 10 o’clock, controls the inner bezel of the 24 different time zones.In addition, owners can fully admire this workhorse of a movement thanks to the case-back being fitted with a flat sapphire crystal.
The real standout of the new Roché World Timer, however, sits beneath its handsomely domed sapphire crystal. The textured gloss midnight blue dial of this watch appears to be very attractive, especially when contrasted with the bright white 24-hour disk and orange and blue numerals. Paired with a lovely Barenia bridle leather band, with complementing 316L stainless steel buckle, the Roché World Timer truly does present a handsome aesthetic.
What’s more, the Farer Roché World Timer is priced very reasonably at $1500 USD (roughly $2200 AUD). Whichever way you look at it, that’s a pretty good deal for a world-timer, with 316L steel construction, from an exciting independent watchmaker.