2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition
Ref: BS23800B

2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition
2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition
2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition
2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition
2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition
2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition
2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition
2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition
2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition
Regular price
£2,850.00
Sale price
£2,850.00
Unit price
per 

Specification

Reference : BS23800B
Movement : Manually Wound ETA 7001
Age : 2021/2030
Specific Age : August 2023
Case Size : 38mm
Case Thickness : 12mm
Lug to Lug : 43mm
Lugs : 
20mm
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
 Box & Papers
Case Material :
 Stainless Steel
Warranty :
 Manufacturer Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch


Points of Mention

This watch is sold with its original Fears bespoke wooden presentation box, swing tags and paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original Fears strap with its signed buckle. The watch is from August 2023 and is sold in lightly worn but in great condition, as you can see. The watch comes with its Manufacturer's Warranty.

For more photos see here - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1g8KgbumMRPAYJPWiLdQx4YhNq4fs9nS2?usp=drive_link

4K YouTube video, skip to 9:22 - https://youtu.be/8ln8EqQ3pkI


The Watch

Here we have a 2023 Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition of 25 pieces, made in small batches for James Porter & Son, a collaboration celebrating their specialist boutique which was founded in 1858, situated in the Glasgow Argyll Arcade, each piece has a unique serial number engraved between the lugs at 12 o’clock, this number can identify the watch's history from its master database. The inspiration for the case for this watch comes from a Fears watch originally made in 1924. Manufactured in Hong Kong, its wonderfully curvaceous 38mm case is made from 316L stainless steel, the finish and depth of polishing are quite exquisite and showcase the skill and attention to detail of the Hong Kong manufacturers. To facilitate daily winding the watch features a traditional “onion” shaped crown, this being made in Switzerland. On the dial, numerals expertly applied by hand, capture and play with the light as you gently wind the crown to begin your day. A domed sapphire crystal sits above an incredible brushed GunMetal Grey dial. This special dial was first used on Fears watches of the 1940s and 50s, this rich tone is created using galvanic coatings of black pigments. Expertly made in Germany, the surface of the dial features a delicate vertical brushing, applied by hand, making each dial unique and allowing it to catch the light in a beautiful, subtle way. This effect is complemented by the concentric circle finishing on the sunken sub-seconds, at 6 o’clock with James Porter & Son. The numerals are applied to the dial by hand, after being diamond polished, sand-blasted, and coated in Rhodium, to give a warm, grey finish. Inspired by the many different typefaces Fears has used throughout its history, they were designed especially for Fears by a horological typographer. Truly a masterclass in dial manufacture. Each set of hands is subtly skeletonised before being coated in Rhodium. Inside we have a hand-wound ETA 7001, 17 jewels, and 18,000 beats per hour, first introduced in the 1970s it quickly gained a reputation for being reliable, and its slim design incorporates an Incabloc shock system, each movement is serviced and hand-finished here in Britain, applying Côtes de Genève striping and blued screws. The watch comes with a 20mm handmade Pewter Grey Barenia leather strap lined with a deep blue Alcantara and the accompanying stainless steel pin buckle carries the final flourish of an engraving of the Fears pipette logo. This watch is sold with its original Fears bespoke wooden presentation box and paperwork.


Personal Note

This Fears Brunswick x James Porter & Son Limited Edition features one of the most striking dials I have seen from Fears yet, it is incredibly dynamic and plays with the light providing a different tone and look in each direction! This is definitely one to appreciate and see in person, so don't hesitate to book an appointment and try it on for yourself.


The Brand

The year was 1846 and a young watchmaker named Edwin Fear established a workshop and showroom in his own name at 33-35 Redcliff Street in Bristol. The company ‘Edwin Fear’ that he created became more and more successful and eventually, in 1866 needed to expand to their second premises, on Bristol Bridge, which served as Fears headquarters until the 1940s. During this period, the company had three different Managing Directors. Following the passing of Edwin in 1877 the business was handed down to his son, Amos Daniel Fear, who in 1908 saw the company become a limited company whilst also changing its operating name from ‘Edwin Fear’ to ’Fears Limited’. Amos also safely navigated the company through the First World War,1914-1918, after which he established an export department, called ‘Fears (Export) Limited’ at No. 14 Brunswick Square in Bristol. In late 1945, following the War, Fears moved to new premises in Clifton, Bristol, just in time to celebrate the company’s centenary in 1946 with a new watch collection. Fears continued to thrive through the post-war years until it sadly closed its doors in 1976. It was not until 40 years later in 2016 when an aspiring young apprentice watchmaker at Rolex in London, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, the great-great-great-grandson of Edwin Fear, re-launched his family’s company at the SalonQP watch show on 3rd November 2016. Keeping the name ‘Fears’ he released their first wristwatch in the twenty-first century, the Redcliff. Rolling with the success of the Redcliff in 2017 they released their second wristwatch, The Brunswick, named after Brunswick Square in Bristol.