Farer is back again with another batch of fresh, colorful watches. This time, it’s a new complication for the brand: a moonphase display. As is always the case, each different dial offering—there are three—has a different model name that does not include the model family. Imagine if every Speedmaster had a different name and simply existed under the Speedmaster umbrella but wasn’t officially referred to as a Speedmaster. But I digress. The new Farer Moonphase collection is here, including a hand-painted moon display, and it seems like it’s quite the lovely trio.
The case of the new Moonphase collection should be familiar. It’s the same fully polished stainless steel cushion case that is featured on the aptly named Cushion Case Manual collection. The dimensions are all manageable: 38.5mm-wide, 43.8mm lug-to-lug, and 10.5mm-thick. The case improves upon the first cushion case Farer released, which had more lugs that abruptly jutted from the case and less curvature. Here, the case also gets what the brand is calling a “grain twist” texture on the case sides, which breaks up the monotony of a fully polished case. We reviewed the Farer Stanhope II a bit ago, which features the same case, and I can attest that it wears well, more due to its compact dimensions than its actual shape (hit the review for a bit more insight). As ever, the pull-out crown has a bronze end cap with the Farer logo. The watches are supplied with coordinated 20mm leather straps with quick-release pins and traditional tang buckles. Fair warning that, in my experience, these straps are a bit thick, so you may end up swapping them out.
The Moonphase watches are offered in three dials, each with its own name taken from famous British Astronomers. They all feature polished lance hands, a color-matched date wheel, and applied indices made from molded Super-LumiNova. Most importantly, they all feature a massive moonphase display with a hand-painted wheel—and each model features a different combination of colors for the moon and sky, which is a pleasant bit of creativity. The glossy midnight blue Halley features a mix of Arabic numerals and baton markers, with a yellow moon against a light blue background, and is named for Edmond Halley, discoverer of Halley’s Comet. The arctic blue sunburst Burbidge has baton indices and a pink moon against a blue background; it’s named for Margaret Burbidge, who among many other accomplishments, helped to develop components of the Hubble Space Telescope. Finally, the Eddington features a brushed salmon dial with roman numerals and baton markers, with a white moon against a dark blue background; Sir Arthur Eddington is noted for having first correctly theorized how stars create their energy. Since you asked, my pick would be the Burbidge for the dial texture, simple indices, and the pop of pink from the moon.
The Farer Moonphases are powered by the manually wound Sellita SW288. As do all the brand’s hand-wound watches, it features a bridge decorated with the repeating Farer arrow logo. The movements allow the brand to keep the case thin and feature 18 jewels, 45 hours of power, and 28,8000 vph. In my experience with Sellita’s hand-wound offerings, I haven’t encountered any issues, and neither should you with this one.
This is what Farer does best: approachable designs in a variety of options with big blasts of color. The buzz around these watches may not be that of a certain recent moon-themed release with a far less exciting pop of color, but it’s not insubstantial and is more deserved. The Farer Moonphase collection is priced at $1,650 USD and will begin shipping on April 27th. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.