There’s something rather Bertie Wooster about the areas of London known as Mayfair, and St. James. Parts of town that are stuffed with grand architecture, and luxury goods, and ooze the elegance and class of a bygone era, with just a hint of heavy drinking, cigar smoke, and bad behaviour.
Seemingly fitting places to keep bumping into Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, 4th Managing Director and Re-Founder of The Fears Watch Company - who could give old Bertie a run for his money when it comes to dapper dressing, and consumption of Gin and Tonic.
However, far from enjoying the lazy lifestyle of the fictitious Edwardian dandy, Nicholas has been working hard to re-establish the watch company founded by his great-great-great grandfather Edwin Fear, in 1846.
Having re-launching the business in 2016 with the quartz powered, Swiss made, Redcliff Date (a 38mm steel watch available in 4 dial colours), he followed up a little over a year later at Salon QP 2017, with the launch of it’s GMT equipped sibling, the Redcliff Continental, and a watch which made it challenging to see, let alone reach the Fears booth - the Brunswick.
Despite trying, and failing to get anywhere near this cushion cased, hand wound, low production gem at QP, I’ve had the great fortune to spend a little bit of time with it since. Both at Time 4A Pint, and earlier this month at an event hosted by Pickett, in celebration of British Craftsmanship.
Designed by Nicholas, and taking inspiration from the Fears archive, as much of the ETA 7001 powered watch as can be, is produced in the UK.
From the individually handcrafted cases, to the blued steel skeleton hands, and cold resin enamel dial, it’s fair to say that this £2,300 watch sits squarely in the world of small scale craft, rather than mainstream factory production.
With this comes true exclusivity (there’s a limit to how many can be made in year), and Nicholas tells me that pre-orders for the next two batches are already sold out. So if you want to be one of the lucky few to add a Brunswick to their collection this year, you’ll need to move fast.
Learn more at www.fearswatches.com