Brunswick: The first Fears mechanical watch in over 50 years.
The Brunswick takes its name from Brunswick Square in Bristol. This is a significant location for Fears - it is where Fears established its export business, Fears (Export) Limited, in 1920 at No. 14.
The design of the Brunswick is inspired by the glamour of the 1920s and 30s, an era when the first wrist watches were being produced and the round watch case that is so prevalent today had yet to achieve its dominance.
At this time, a popular shape for watches was the cushion case - a beautiful combination of a rounded square with a circular dial. Fears used to produce watches in this shape and a sterling silver example from 1924 inspired the lines of the Brunswick today. The 38mm cushion case makes the Brunswick an extremely comfortable watch on both larger and smaller wrists.
Each Brunswick is hand built in Britain by expert watchmakers.
Early Fears wrist watches had hand painted white enamel dials.
The Brunswick's dial evokes this look and feel with a deep lustre created with multiple layers of lacquer and careful polishing. As you look at the surface finish, you know that you're looking at something truly special.
The 38mm cushion-shaped case is one of the most elegant shapes a watch can take.
Its beauty comes at a cost though as those beautiful curves and surfaces create many complications in its construction with numerous hours spent on finishing and polishing each case.
The Brunswick features a skeletonised version of our distinctive 'Fears hands' - a shape of watch hand we made in the 1940s - featuring a slim, straight body ending in an elegant tip.
Each set of hands are made entirely in the UK. First the shape is laser cut from steel before being bevelled and polished by a watchmaker. They are then thermally blued as a set using intense heat to give them a deep rich blue.
Visible though the exhibition case back is the Brunswick's Swiss made top-grade ETA 7001 mechanical movement. The plates have been decorated with Côtes de Genève (Geneva Stripes) before a golden Fears 'Pipette' is attached.
Just like Fears watches in the past this reliable movement requires winding by hand to give it its power.
Due to the hand-built nature of the Brunswick it made in small batches.
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