No matter what, you’ve gotta hand it to any brand with the guts to launch something in 36mm. Sure it’s less of a gamble than it was five years ago but I’m still excited any time I see it happen. One of our favorite British brands, Farer, has just expended their line-up with a new 36mm Three Hand Collection. They’re available in a bunch of cool colors with both leather strap, rubber, and bracelet options. And it’s all starting just below the $1,000 mark.
Right away I can admit that I love the colors. While Farer has put out a bunch of great watches in the past, I’ll admit that some of the colorways were just a little too wild for me. For the 36mm Three Hand Collection, the time-only watches are available in what Farer calls Discovery Red, Erebus Midnight, Resolute, and Resolute Sorbet. There are also subtle dial variations between the four, offering plenty of variety for collectors. But across the whole bunch, you should be getting the same, comfortable and classic 36mm experience. The watches also measure just 10.4mm thick and 41.2mm lug-to-lug with a 20mm lug width. Water resistance is 50m, though we can’t tell if it’s a screw-down crown from the press materials.
All of the Farer 36mm Three Hand Collection watches feature a Swiss Made La Joux-Perret G101 automatic movement. It’s modestly decorated and Farer shows it off under a sapphire display caseback. I had no clue but that thing has a 68-hour power reserve—pretty nice feature to have at any price point but especially impressive coming from a smaller boutique brand. Like I mentioned before, the watches can be paired with quick-release leather straps available in a range of colors, rubber straps, or a Milanese stainless steel bracelet. I’m having a blast playing with Farer’s online configuration tool, messing with dial colors and strap options.
Farer 36mm Three Hand Collection Specs
- Case Diameter: 36mm
- Case thickness: 10.4mm
- Lug-to-lug: 41.2mm
- Water Resistance: 50m
- Case Material: Stainless steel
- Movement: La Joux-Perret G101
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Bracelet: Quick-change leather, rubber, or Milanese stainless steel
- Price: $995 – $1,010
I love that this was Farer’s way of starting 2023. And besides that crazy cool Ainsdale split-second flyback, this is the first Farer watch I’ve seen in a bit that I’d actually consider throwing money down for. Personally, I think that the Resolute Sorbet on Milanese mesh would be a killer combo. That’s what I’d go for. The Farer 36mm Three Hand Collection watches are available now and you can configure them to your heart’s content on the brand’s website. Such a great experience to have next to a launch like this.
Michael Peñate is an American writer, photographer, and podcaster based in Seattle, Washington. His work typically focuses on the passage of time and the tools we use to connect with that very journey. From aviation to music and travel, his interests span a multitude of disciplines that often intersect with the world of watches – and the obsessive culture behind collecting them.