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Farer Hudson 37mm Hand-Wound Watch Review

Farer Hudson 37mm Hand-Wound Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Born out of a sense of adventure and a desire to get out and experience the world Farer has delivered a series of watches whose aesthetics hearken back to a vintage sensibility. Now, “watches designed with a vintage aesthetic” is almost synonymous with “new watches” these days, but not everyone does it as successfully as Farer. Farer has worked hard to create an extremely unique brand identity and has focused a lot of their energy on offering variety. There will surely be one model from each of their lines that resonates strongly with collectors. Farer has also been steadily working their way through the different “tropes” of the watch world with their releases. They started with a scattershot of quartz and mechanical 3-handers, which led to their introduction of quartz and mechanical GMTs, transitioning to their mechanical Aqua Compressors (Divers), and their mechanical hand-winding collection.

Farer offers three different watches in this line: the Hudson, the Stanhope with a textured white dial and contrasting sub-dial, and the Lansdell that has white over green with an interesting cutout motif. These models, while sharing a concept and movement, are different enough to be seen as unique watches to themselves. For this reason, I will be reviewing the Hudson specifically.

Case

The Hudson comes in, as you guessed it, a 37mm cushion-style steel case. On the wrist, this watch has a pretty classy delicateness to it that I wasn’t expecting when I asked for a review unit. I think this is largely due to the high polished finishes across the entirety of the case, as well as the small lugs and overall thinness of the watch itself. The Hudson is an 8.3mm thick watch, remarkable only because something this svelte is pretty unusual to see in modern watches.

Farer Hudson 37mm Hand-Wound Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The mirrored polish continues onto the screw-down caseback where you’ll find a roughly 24mm sapphire display back crystal showcasing the movement. The watch wears well due to this, easily slipping under the cuff of a shirt and it doesn’t present any issues with the crown digging into your hand. The lug-to-lug length is just shy of 40mm but the cushion case allows the watch to be worn by someone that has some modern timepiece sensibilities while not making them feel like they’re wearing a polished dime on a string. This is well executed and you can tell some workshopping went into nailing the exact dimensions.

Farer Hudson 37mm Hand-Wound Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Farer has gotten some criticism for their signature bronze crowns in the past. I’ve never minded them and to be honest, I thought they added a nice detail to the watches. With the Hand-Wound series, however, they’ve changed the design slightly. Instead of a solid bronze crown, they have used a roughly 5.2mm steel onion crown. Farer states this is largely to avoid straining your fingers as you wind the watch daily. They have, however, included a bronze insert at the end of the crown to carry over that general aesthetic.

Farer Hudson 37mm Hand-Wound Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Dial

The dial on a Farer watch in general, I think, is where you really begin to see the brand’s focused efforts. There are three models in the Hand-Wound line, and as I said in the intro, at least one of them is likely to appeal to you. The Hudson that I received to evaluate had a dark aqua green sunburst and stepped dial with a sub-second dial at six (all the hand-wound models feature this), and large rectangular lumed hour indices around the dial. Every element of the Hudson’s dial appears to have a different level of dimension from the applied markers to the stepped dial and sub-dial – all these elements lead the watch to have a level of visual depth that’s surprising in a sub-10mm thick watch.

Farer Hudson 37mm Hand-Wound Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Hudson is also an excellent study in contrast. You have the predominant aqua-green tone set against white bordered hour indices, making the watch very legible. The hands are polished baton style hands with stripes of lume down the center. These match and play off the applied and polished Farer arrow just below the noon index – the latter of which has a very jewel-like quality catching the light (and your eye) when you glance at the watch.

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If I was forced to criticize Farer on any element of the dial, I’d say that I would have preferred that they leave the watches non-luminous. They added lume to the hands and hour markers but it’s fairly weak, and leaves you wishing that it was done better.

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Movement

The Hudson uses a movement that comes as a pleasant surprise to me, the ETA 7001. This is a hand-wound, 17 jewel, time only/sub-second engine that allows Farer to do two things: keep the watch thin and keep the case small. I think that the focus on a hand-wound watch was an interesting and good choice for Farer in a world where most of our watches are automatic. It allows us to interact more with our watches day to day. My experience with it has been nothing but a joy – smooth winding action, accurate timekeeping, and a well-decorated interpretation of the 7001 with blued screws, a signed bridge, Geneva striping, and the delicate balance ticking away. It’s not the most decorated movement I’ve ever seen but coming in at this price point, it is fairly remarkable.

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Strap

Farer offers the Hand-Wound series on a variety of straps. The Hudson came on a padded black leather strap with a signed buckle and features quick release springbars. All in all, I feel like these straps are adequate, but I’d love to see a better option (maybe a Nomos-esque Shell Cordovan). With its standard 20mm lugs the watch will also be easy to pair to a new strap.

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Conclusion

I think the way Farer designs and releases watches is really interesting. They release (typically) 3 models that both stand independently from each other and are also based on the same thesis. Generally, this means that you can find something that you like and in the case of the Hand-Wound series I like all three, so choosing one to purchase would be difficult. Releasing very classically styled hand-winders was a good move for the brand. After their GMT lineup and their compressor divers it was nice to get something a little less tool-y. Next, I’d love to see a chronograph.

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My time spent with the Hudson has solidified it on my short list of watches that I would ultimately like to purchase for myself. They are classy, but not something that would look out of place with shorts and sandals. I’ve always had a soft spot for hand-wound watches. As I stated earlier, I think it gives you a deeper sense of interaction with your timepiece. For competitive options, you could stack this series of watches up against some of the entry-level offerings from Nomos, which operate in a very similar aesthetic. Price for the Farer Hudson Hand-Wound 37mm is $1,175. farer.com

Necessary Data
>Brand: Farer
>Model: Hudson
>Price: $1,175
>Size: 37mm
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: This would be a great gift, or a great “third watch” when you’re ready to make an investment in a burgeoning collection but want something unique.
>Best characteristic of watch: The dial. Farer consistently delivers extremely well done and unique dials.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Some people will have trouble with the size and it’s going to be too small for some wrists.

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  • Nomos meets Panerai…I like it!

    • Gokart Mozart

      More Nomos meets Laurent Ferried Imo

      • Your description is more accurate indeed!

  • Gokart Mozart

    A pretty good effort. Not having liked any of there other watches, this is pleasantly suprising.

    Good size, thin and not an exaggerated cushion shape due to a small bezel, very discreet, and a much better crown. Decent movement and ok price.

    I agree get rid of the lume and also change the hands. Not a fan of syringe hands, even if it is there signature.

    Also give it a mocha brown and slate grey sunburst dial options.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Not a fan. Apart from the fact it’s ridiculously small. The bulky case with it’s bingo wings is not good. Hands are too small, but it’s a nice colour.

  • SuperStrapper

    I guess you can’t have a best watch if you also don’t have a worst watch. Kneeling to the criticism of those that don’t buy your product is just so milquetoast. Have a spine and maintain your identity, the signature crown the brand carried across all watches was a requirement, so that’s a big disappointment here. The dial colour is unique, and will possibly be hard to match or pair up with anything else in an ensemble; which really isn’t too big a deal, but the orange highlight subdial is a bit gross and the seconds hand fairly sad. Especially in contrast with the really well done minute and hour hands. And why would that highlight be orange while the dial already has red highlights? Bad combo for a watch that physically want to be somewhat reserved to have a palette that makes one think it may also identify as a box of crayons.
    Putting it on a black strap finishes the watch poorly and displays it incorrectly. The main colour tones of the watch are asking for a brown tone strap.

    I don’t mind this brand and some previous releases are quite nice: I found one on the wrist of an acquaintance at a party not long ago and in handling the watch I’d confirm they are well made and worthy, but this one is a bit of a stinker.

  • Id be curious to see a poll that examines people’s thoughts on when a watch design is considered “too small”. Personally, having the watch sit in the middle of the wrist with the lugs too far from the edges is “too small”. A 50mm lug to lug length (your mileage may vary, depending on wrist size) seems to hit the sweet spot of perfect proportions.

    That aside, I’m glad to see Farer moving away from the sometimes garish multi-color offerings that defined their brand from their inception, but there’s still too many incongruous tones going on here – particularly egregious is the mismatch of colors between the sub-seconds hand and the subdial numbers. Maybe it’s the lighting, but I see an orange hand, red minute track indexes and faded pinkish reddish numerals? In any case, the “Stanhope” model in the same series on their website is more of a winner for me.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/58a53462119b1c1893eabe56cff092f35ca99ec0f0c7610d551892c1bea64a14.jpg

    • Tony NW

      50mm lug-to-lug? My entire wrist circumference, loosely, is 17cm. (I’m apparently descended from Elves, my Ogre-ish friend! 😉 ) Anything above 44mm lug-to-lug has the strap standing off. 40mm is about as large a watch as I like to go.

      • Lug to lug is the measurement, top to bottom, of the overall length of the watch, including the lugs. A 16610 Submariner, for instance, has a case diameter of 40mm, but a lug to lug length of 47.6mm

      • Larry Holmack

        With a 23 cm wrist… I can handle 60 mm lug to lug with no problem at all. I usually wear watches that are 47 – 48 mm’s, and 52 – 55 mm’s from lug to lug with no problem at all. But…when you’re the size of an NFL offensive lineman…the really large watches look normal on me.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Same.

      • Gokart Mozart

        In that case I am defended from a slimish elf.

        Agree lug to lug length of up to about 45mm and a case size of about 35mm to 40mm.

        Just so happens there are lot of cool FPJ and ALS and Breguets etc in that size. Money is the only slight issue.

    • Mark Fenimore

      Someone commented on Hodinkee’s review of this particular model how the absence of color on the hour and minute hands were really a failure because of the lack of contrast they provide with the dial, and once I saw it I couldn’t un-see it. I wanted to like this one, but alas, those disappearing hands won’t let me.

      • I have the same general thoughts about any silver dialed watch with silver hands – it’s just lazy design to not at least have a blued, blackened or gilt handset for contrast and legibility. But, that being said, it’s more sophisticated than a design with three incongruous colors.

  • BNABOD

    Looks good to me . A fun little no no nonsense watch and after seing Pacman which I can’t unsee this is a refreshing watch. Looks well made and I like a splash of color so for someone wanting to experience a manual watch at a reasonable price then go for it . Feels like a college student watch entry level to the world of horology and once a real paycheck starts trickling down then you can graduate to something better ….

  • Tony NW

    Why this over the Epos Originale 3408? Similar design, omits the lume you don’t like, and 3mm thinner.
    https://www.epos.ch/portfolio-item/epos-originale-3408-ssbl

    • egznyc

      It’s elegant and the movement looks nicely finished but kind of bland – and I’d prefer another mm in exchange for more WR.

  • Too thin / too small and band too wide… Very obvious in the wrist shot (profile)… Rejected! Grab the DeLorean and send it back to last century.

  • Horum Positivium

    37mm = girls’ watch.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      You can get wee men.

      • G Street

        Donald Trump for example. Loves a bit of wee!

    • Gokart Mozart

      Gentlemen’s watch

    • egznyc

      I disagree. But of course what one man considers too small another won’t. It’s highly subjective. My wrists are not large but not small at 7” but I’d guess this case shape with this style would look right on the money. It’s not a pilot watch or a diver, after all.

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        I’ve a larger than seven and a half inch wrist and wear a 32mm Cartier on occasion. I’ve sold everything over 45mm.
        You can wear to big, but it’s difficult to wear to small.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Marius.

    Nice looking watch, a little small though. Would not pay $1175 for this.

  • Nello Alexandri

    I would like to see a lug to lug measurement.
    This is probably too small for me.

  • cluedog12

    Nice premium offering from Hudson. Far more honest than the Porsche Design watch also featured today.

  • ?M

    Faggot size, eta, no name brand…the trifecta of shitter status

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Un…believable.

      • egznyc

        Yeah, no kidding. This sounds like classic douchebag stuff.

        • G Street

          Unfortunately; highly lucrative careers can be made from exactly that sort of nonsense…

  • Ross Diljohn

    My wife liked it. Perfect size for a lady.

  • Bladeknight

    The dial makes no sense when there’s no central second hand and the minute hand isn’t even a pointer.

  • egznyc

    I want to like these and while they’re not bad, they don’t live up to the brand’s GMT models IMO. The legibility just isn’t as strong as could be; nor are the color combinations as interesting.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    Like egznyc says, I want to like these. They just leave me cold and I can’t work it out. But the I find Nomos does nothing for me either.
    Nice watches for all that.

  • LetoAtreides69

    I like them and thought about it.. I just couldn’t find a colour scheme that I liked all the way through. I think the case is a nice size, and this would make a fun extra watch. Better dimensions than a Nomos- which have totally ungainly lugs that don’t wear well.

  • Ulysses31

    I think this looks lovely, but as is often the case with unestablished brands, the pricing is too ambitious.

  • Max Attack

    if this was under $1K, around $700 I would already have one. At the current price I would rather save more money and get a Tudor.