“When first considering the re-launch of my family‚Äôs watch company one thing I was adamant about was that Fears would once again make proper watches. Whereas fashion watches are designed for only one season, a proper watch is created to be treasured year after year. This approach was inspired by a love of mid-century products, made in a period when items were carefully designed and manufactured to last a lifetime. I strongly believe that wrist watches should be built to a quality standard, like a well-loved coat worn every winter or a favorite pair of hand made shoes.
I‚Äôve always been a stickler for detail, which is partly what led me into watchmaking. It was important that the new Fears watch have design elements that delight the wearer. I love suddenly noticing a tiny detail for the first time. Often it‚Äôs something so small that it goes overlooked at first, but once you‚Äôve noticed it you‚Äôll always see it. This is what makes a Fears watch special: understated design details combined with high build quality ensure you‚Äôre proud to wear the watch for years to come.”
HISTORIC BRITISH WATCH COMPANY, FEARS,
RE-ESTABLISHED ON 170TH¬†ANNIVERSARY BY 6TH¬†GENERATION
Fears to re-launch exclusively at SalonQP 2016
On the 3rd¬†November, during what would have been it‚Äôs 170th¬†anniversary, the Fears Watch Company Limited, known as ‚ÄúFears‚ÄĚ, is launching at the SalonQP watch exhibition in London. Having previously run for over a century, the company has lain dormant for the past 60 years, and is now re-established by the original founder‚Äôs great-great-great-grandson.
Today, the new watches have been designed in Britain before being manufactured in Switzerland, meaning Fears watches still carrying the ‚ÄúSwiss Made‚ÄĚ label as they had for over a century before. The first watch to carry the Fears name on its dial in 60 years will be revealed on the opening night of the show. The Fears Redcliff Date takes its name from the street in Bristol where the company was originally founded. The Redcliff Date is an analogue three-hand watch featuring the date in a window at 3 o‚Äôclock. Powered by a Swiss Ronda quartz movement housed in a 38mm stainless steel case, the Redcliff Date has been designed to suit both men and women.
Available in two dial colours at launch; ‚ÄúJetliner‚ÄĚ white and ‚ÄúFears‚ÄĚ blue, both featuring Super-LumiNova¬ģ on the hands and hour markers. Each watch is offered on a choice of five strap colours, all hand-made in Belgium from Indian goat‚Äôs leather, featuring an Easy-Release spring bar system allowing the wearer to change the strap easily with no tools.
The company was originally founded by Edwin Fear in 1846 in Bristol, before growing during the 19th¬†and 20th¬†Centuries to a point that by the late 1920s it was employing over 100 people. The export warehouse, which had its own Post Office branch, fulfilled orders received from 95 ‚ÄúForeign and Colonial‚ÄĚ countries. Surviving two world wars, Fears closed in the late 1950s when the fourth generation decided not to continue the business. It has now been re-established in the 21st¬†Century by Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, the 6th¬†generation, after he completed nearly five years training with Rolex in their London workshop.
Commenting on the re-establishment of his family‚Äôs business, Nicholas said, ‚ÄúToday is an exciting day in the British watch industry. After 60 years absent, one of the countries oldest names in wrist watches is once again on a watch dial. We‚Äôre very fortunate to have 110 years of company history to inspire us while we created a modern, stylish watch for 2016. The new watch and re-established brand has also been influenced by the classic lines of mid-century British design, typography and architecture. This was one of the last periods when items were elegantly designed to last a life time, something Fears firmly believes in today. I look forward to re-building the company into one the past three generations of Managing Directors would have been proud of.‚ÄĚ
The Fears Redcliff Date is one of the first watches to be accompanied by it‚Äôs own service history book, the Fears WatchBook. Along with the five year guarantee and instructions the book features specific pages to accompany the History Notes that are provided by Fears with every new strap purchase or after-sales service. From launch Fears will offer a range of tailored services from battery changes to engraving.
Available to purchase directly from¬†www.fearswatches.com¬†and select independent stockists, the Swiss Made Fears Redcliff Date retails for ¬£650 and additional Fears Straps for ¬£85.
Fears Redcliff Date specification
|CASE||Stainless Steel, 38mm|
|MOVEMENT||Swiss Ronda 515 quartz|
|DIAL||Lacquered, featuring Super-LumiNova¬ģ|
|WATER RESISTANCE||50m or 5ATM|
Time (central seconds) & Date
|WARRENTY||5 Year guarantee from date of purchase|
|STRAP||Genuine goat‚Äôs leather|
|SERIAL NUMBER||Individually numbered, sequentially|
We would like to welcome Davosa Swiss Watches to ChronoSales, the first this that I must say is that I was very impressed by the selection of watches they have, see their website www.davosa-usa.com
We are hoping in the coming weeks to do a report on one of their watches so keep watching this space, after speaking to Davosa I found them really helpful and very happy to assist with any information that I asked for, this is something that I like as it gives a great indication of good customer service, they treat inquiries and customers the old fashioned way, they offer a good personal service, a thing that seems to be missing in life today, it was a refreshing change.
The Davosa selection is very comprehensive they have gents and ladies watches, quartz and automatic, for their styles they bunch them together in groups which are Divers, Racing, Travelers, Pilots and Titanium, already known for their divers watches which have been written about and praised many times I believe customers should start looking at their other offerings as well, for the price it is easily affordable to have more than one.
Their philosophy is The ‚ÄėSwiss Made‚Äô seal of approval, high-quality components and strict quality controls ensure that the inner and outer values of a DAVOSA will bring you pleasure for many years to come. Continuity is one of our company values. Which is why a DAVOSA is worthy of being kept for the next generation.
At the present time they are running a limited time 10% off any selection, another reason to purchase one or their great watches.
So keep watching for a report on one of their watches, go to the Davosa website and look at their offerings or you can search and see them here on ChronoSales.
Contact details below.
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4446 Carver St, Lake worth, FL 33461
I must admit to being quite boring with my personal selection in private watches, usually 100% standard, quite plain, stainless or gold, but I suppose what people would call ‚Äúthe norm‚ÄĚ but there is something about this watch that really appeals to me, I have always thought of good graffiti as visually high energy, but this is exceptional.
A partnership between French / Vietnamese graffiti artist Cyril Kongo and Richard Mille has produced a Tourbillon, the RM68-01
It is a limited run of just 30 watches and each one is hand painted by Cyril Kongo, therefore making each piece unique with a 50.24 x 42.70 x 15.84 mm case comprising of NTPT Carbon and black ceramic.
The 30-piece limited edition will be available exclusively at Richard Mille boutiques worldwide starting in July retailing for $685,000.
The Old Question ‚Äď Strap or Bracelet
This is an old question and the debate still goes on but I do not think it will ever be answered, I believe it has to do with your own personal lifestyle.
The one thing I can say is that investing in different types of straps and bracelets can give your watch a whole different look and even feel so if funds are not available at the moment to buy that new watch that you want maybe a couple of new straps / bracelets to revitalize your watch.
It is so difficult for people who have businesses today, and of course a jewelers is a prime target for crime like this, I admit jewelers have always been vulnerable but here at www.ChronoSales.com we hear of it so often, many to small family jewelers who are just trying to make a living, actions like this can have devastating effect on the business, the business owners and the staff.