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Hands-On The Farer 37mm Hand-Wound Stanhope

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Following their dive-ready Aqua Compressor line, Farer has launched a new model with an entirely different perspective for their design. Their new 37mm Hand-Wound line is comprised of three dial variations of a smaller sized watch that effectively threads the needle between a smaller men’s watch and a sporty ladies’ piece. Carrying a similar design language to that which we’ve seen from previous Farer models, this 37mm collection utilizes the brand’s aesthetic in a distinctive new format. 

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Small, but not too small on my 7 in. wrist. 

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Cushion cased and 8.3mm thick.

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Comfortable, with a defined presence that should suit a wide variety of wrists. 

While it’s no stretch to call a 37mm watch “small” these days, the 37mm Farer hits that size by opting for a truly minimal case. Its fully polished steel cushion case is 8.3mm thick with a slightly domed sapphire crystal and a display caseback. The very thin surrounding bezel sits atop a case shape that is all but invisible when viewed in front profile. Thus, the vast bulk of the Stanhope’s presence comes from its dial design and its wide leather strap (proportionally speaking, the strap is only 20mm at the lugs). 

One of three dial options, the white-dialed Stanhope is offered alongside the blue sunray Hudon and the engine-turned silver/green Landsell versions. Each version offers a distinct look but share that wide dial, sub seconds, no date, and a strong application of color and dial finishing. For the Stanhope, the dial is has a subtle piqué finish, a dark blue dial surround and matching sub-seconds display, and applied steel markers with blue accents. The detail is remarkable for such a small dial and even the outer minute track on the dark blue surround is drawn with a scale in powder blue and red, colors also shared by the sub second indication. The hour and minute hands are lumed (as are small dots at each hour) and offer strong contrast and legibility. 

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A piqué dial finish with a nicely balanced and fun use of red and blue accents. 

As you might have guessed from the sub seconds at six, the Farer 37mm Hand-Wound uses a manual ETA 7001, which is a simple but long-standing movement with 17 jewels, a 42-hour power reserve and a rate of 2.5 Hz (18,000 vph). Easily wound and set by the small crown at three, I like the especially analog nature of this Farer. Also, while the movement is not fancy, who doesn’t like an unobstructed view of a hand-wound movement?

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A display caseback offers a view of the manual ETA 7001 within. 

Available on a variety of straps, this loaner from Farer came fitted to one of the optional Barenia Leather straps, in a sort of warm reddish brown called “chestnut.” There are several Barenia colors available, along with a handful of perforated leather straps, or for $10 more, you can option a Milanese mesh that should work really well with the short lugs and svelte case shape. 

 

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The strap is immediately comfortable and is fitted with quick-release spring bars, so changing the strap requires little more than a fingernail and a few seconds of lightly suppressing my coffee shakes. On wrist, the 37mm Hand-Wound wears flat, small, and very light. Being 39.5mm lug to lug and just 46 grams on with the leather strap, it's like a small NOMOS Club but with much less lug to lug length. While the double domed sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective treatment, reflections are still common and are generally inherent to domed crystals. 

Admittedly, the strange proportions and very dial-heavy design of the 37mm did not hit me well when I first pulled the watch from its packaging. It felt like too much strap and dial for too little case. After wearing the 37mm for a couple of days, I can report it has grown on me. It has a certain bold charm that belies its smaller size and it wears really well on my 7-in. wrist. The flat back and short lugs mean that comfort is very strap-dependent and the included leather strap is comfortable and will likely only become more so over time. In some ways, the 37mm almost reminds me of a tiny Radiomir crossed with a NOMOS – with its thin case, open dial, and short lugs. Obviously, the Stanhope bears only slight resemblance to either a Panerai or a NOMOS, but the thought crossed my mind over the course of my time with the watch. 

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Color and texture, even on a very small dial. 

Pricing for the Farer 37mm Hand-Wound line starts at $1,160 on a rubber strap, with the Barenia leather options at $1,175, and $1,185 when fitted with the mesh bracelet. For a Swiss made watch with a five-year warranty and with a trio of distinctive dial designs, I think Farer has done very well with the easy wearing and detailed design of the 37mm, and the Stanhope makes good use of a bright and textured dial, a splash of color, and a classic layout. 

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