Farer has announced a trio of new Field watches that look to encompass a range of utility from land to sea. That means these aren’t exactly your typical field watches, and what’s more, they continue to build on Farer’s unique design language in the process. Once again, the British based brand is on top of their naming game with these three watches, dubbed the Exmoor, the Lomond, and the watch seen here, the Pembroke. As the names suggest, these are Farer watches through and through.
The Field watches follow a similar pattern to what we saw last year from Farer, offered in three distinct flavors that go beyond a change in colorway. The Exmoor is the most familiar of the bunch to what we typically associate with field watches, featuring a full slate of Arabic numerals around the rich green dial. The Lomond eighty-sixes the odd digits in favor of oversized even numerals and a railtrack chapter ring. Finally, the Pembroke gets a dark navy ring to house the cardinal hour numerals against a white dial. Each model pushes a date display to the very edge of the dial, read against a pointer hand with the Farer “A” at its tip. Colorful accents are sprinkled in accordingly, and a variety of strap options make this a versatile bunch in total.
This is a field watch, but really I’d have a hard timing placing it as such in the hand and on the wrist. It’s got the diameter and lug to lug measurements right, at 38.5mm x 44.5mm it’s compact, but at 12mm thick it packs some heft within its squat frame. Of course, 12mm is not a thick watch, but when it’s packed within a 44.5mm footprint, you notice it. The height is owed to the steeply angled brushed bezel that meets the flat crystal, and pushes the dial deep into the viewing area. The case is like a small tank on the wrist, and it feels up to the challenges Farer imagines you’ll throw at it.
That’s all fine and well, and a consequence of the case dimensions are rather small lugs that feel almost vestigial in nature, attempting to tuck back into the body of the case. The result is a case that has a much bigger character than its dimensions would suggest. Make no mistake, this is still a very easy watch to wear, but it punches above its weight to be sure. The crown nests neatly into a recess along the case wall, with the typical bronze end cap featuring the Farer “A”.
The dial of the Pembroke may look complex at a glance, but it’s really quite simple in practice. Much of the visual weight is pushes to the dial’s edge with the date display in full view for the pointer hand to track against. Within that it’s business as usual with a simple three-hander experience. Farer’s numerals appear at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock within the navy ring. The other hours get a prominent index, all of it rendered in pure white Super LumiNova. The syringe hands and tip of the seconds hand receive a healthy application of mint colored lume.
The use of color here is sparse but intentional and has a sizable impact, especially in the context of the strap kit that comes with the watch. The base white dial gets a dark navy ring, with the minty green hands, bright blue date pointer hand, and date numerals 28 – 31 presented in red. Why? Well, because it looks cool (deal with it). The straps accentuate this group of colors, beginning with the deep green nylon and the navy blue Horween leather strap. Each bring out a different shade of the dial. Finally, a 5-link bracelet is offered, with brushed texture throughout. Each comes with their own set of quick release spring bars installed.
Farer is using the Sellita SW-221-1 automatic movement with each of these field watches. It hacks, and the date can be quick-set via the crown. The caseback gets an engraved mountain overlooking the sea and the verbiage “On land and water” over its top. You’ll notice the 200m depth rating on the dial and caseback as well. Coupled with the stature of the case this is a watch that could easily pass for a diver with a few tweaks to the hands and bezel.
Overall this is another stylish and flexible take on a classic from Farer that offers a lot of mileage for the price. It’s got all the requisite quirks we’ve come to love and expect from Farer, and above all, this is a watch as capable as they come in terms of its adventure-readiness. Each example will be priced from $ 995 and can be ordered directly from Farer right here.