Farer introduced the Aqua Compressor collection all the way back in the fall of 2017. It’s actually hard to believe this was only two and a half years ago, considering the many exciting Farer releases between then and now. Now, as the brand really seems to be hitting their stride in terms of being able to replicate their unique design language across watches in different genres and styles, they’ve returned to the Aqua Compressor, and given the line a titanium update, along with some subtle (and not so subtle) design changes. Let’s take a closer look at the just announced Titanium Series Aqua Compressors.
Farer Titanium Series Aqua Compressor
- Case Material: Titanium
- Dial: Silver (Leven), Blue (Hecla), Black (Endeavour)
- Dimensions: 41.5 x 12.5 x 45mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 300 meters
- Crown: Screw down l
- Movement: Sellita SW200-1
- Strap/bracelet: Rubber
- Price: $ 1,175
- Reference Number: n/a
- Expected Release: Available now
The core models here are the same – the Aqua Compressor collection is still made of three watches: the Leven, Endeavour, and Hecla. We still have a familiar compressor case, with twin crowns at 2:00 and 4:00, and water resistance to 300 meters. The big difference, of course, is the use of titanium, which has the same strength as stainless steel but at a weight that’s 40% less. That means a watch that wears more comfortably over the course of a long day without making any sacrifices to toughness or a need to alter the Aqua Compressor’s original form factor.
Farer is known for their playful use of color on their dials, and that continues with the titanium versions of the Leven, Endeavour, and Hecla. All three keep at least some of the basic DNA as the original stainless steel models, but with small updates to bring them closer in line to Farer’s always evolving design language. The Leven is essentially unchanged, retaining the silver dial with black and orange accents that we’re accustomed to. The Hecla’s dial has been updated, and is now a bit more traditional in construction. You’ll recall that the original featured multiple layers, with a large disc “floating” over a lumed surface to create a dynamic depth effect. Here, the markers and numerals at the cardinal positions are applied over a one-piece wave dial, and the bezel has been color matched to create a coherent blue look. The most radical change is with the Endeavour, which now comes in a blacked out DLC coated case, a logical extension of the original’s dark and modern look.
Each Aqua Compressor measures 41.5mm in diameter, but with sleek cushion case and an internal bezel there’s a sleekness to a watch made in this style, and that diameter reading should be awfully forgiving even for those with small wrists. The Aqua Compressor runs on a Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement with 38 hours of power reserve.
Also notable with the release of these new titanium Aqua Compressors is Farer’s involvement with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust. The Trust helps protect Scottish Hebridean marine life through continued research, and a portion of the profits from each titanium Aqua Compressor sold will be donated directly to these efforts. Farer