HANDS-ON: The Farer Lomond shakes up the field watch with perky blasts of colourThor Svaboe
With its catalogue of very British watches, Farer has quickly developed a solid following among enthusiasts. Yet they were only established in 2015, when they made a proper mark on the microbrand scene with their colourful Universal series. The brand is now endeavouring to shake up the field watch, a category that tends to be tough, monochrome and often rather one-dimensional. The result is the Farer Lomond, a watch that’s sartorially fresh, perfectly sized and comes with a surprising package for all the strap-a-holics out there.
With clear British heritage and a Swiss heart, the Lomond is a solid everyday wearer with an emphasis on quiet craftsmanship and mid-20th century style. The case is a tough nugget of steel in a goldilocks 38.5mm size, that makes it sit perfectly on your wrist, with a thickness that still gives it a sporty presence and a tough 200m depth rating. Under the Lomond’s decorated caseback lies the trusted Sellita SW221 automatic movement while the crystal is a hardy double AR-treated sapphire job – ready for any adventures that lie ahead.
For me, the Lomond reminds me of a tailored sports jacket from Savile Row with colourful twists in the details. A bold, brushed case and bezel sets the tone, framing the rich, navy dial. Large lumed indices and broad-fonted numerals gives us superb legibility and then you notice the small flashes of colour to perk things up.
Judicious use of colour can really change a good tool watch, adding a personal touch and a truckload of welcome fun. Farer take full advantage of that tactic here. The seconds hand is a bright blue while the date is an outer circle pointed to by a bright red hand with an intricately designed Farer logo at the tip. These details are exactly what sets this British watch apart from the workaday field watch and this colourful dial is what really drew me in.
This field watch also comes bundled with no less than three ways of securing it to your wrist, A soft brown Horween leather strap, Farer’s own three-row integrated steel bracelet, plus they’ve also thrown in a dark navy NATO strap to boot. Better still, the strap choices come with quick-release fittings so you can switch things up in a flash.
With a sharp emphasis on slimline vintage inspiration, the Farer Lomond sure is a compelling package, small but perfectly formed with just the right amount of colour to make it sing. This is a field watch with a twist, in fact, I’m tempted to call it left field.
Farer Field Watch Collection price and availability:
The Farer Field Watch Collection is $995US and is currently available.
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