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Farer Bernina Hand-Wound Chronograph: An Exclusive First Review

Farer Bernina Hand-Wound Chronograph: An Exclusive First Review

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In the most recent year, Farer has devoted themselves to the craft of making chronographs. A most honorable pursuit, if you were to ask me, it began with the arrival of their programmed chronographs . It was a stage into extravagance region for the brand; they flaunted refined cases with thin profiles, and a variety of dial alternatives that deftly blend a cutting edge eye for shading in with exemplary watch plan components. These were circled back to an astonishing couple of quartz chronos highlighting split-second, flyback developments. A dangerous wager, however it paid off as the combination of engaging plans and by and large expense restrictive usefulness in a moderate bundle resounded with enthusiasts.

Today, Farer are delivering the following line in this arrangement of chronographs with a consistent follow up — hand-wound types. Obviously, these aren’t simply new developments in old watches; Farer has planned a completely new case with a barrel shape and outside bezel, diverting hustling chronos of the ’60s. As is run of the mill with their deliveries, there are additionally three particular watches in the arrangement, each with an alternate shading range and generally speaking disposition. With regards to the case, each watch is motivated by speed, and the quest for it, in some fashion.

The threesome incorporates the overwhelmingly dark dialed, steel-bezeled Moritz, named for St. Moritz, an adored ski resort. Next is the blue, large eye Cresta, named for the sled run made by the RAF in the ’30s. Finally, there’s the white/cream dialed, earthenware bezeled Bernina, named for the Bernina Pass, where Farer is supporting the 2019 Gran Turismo. Actually there is additionally a fourth model, which is a sub-version of the Bernina restricted to 20 units. The entirety of the watches are fueled by the Swiss-made Sellita SW510 BH hand-wound chronograph type, and all are valued at $1,950.

Being the most colorful of the three, and the one that’s least like whatever else I’ve at any point worn, today I’m taking the Bernina for a Worn & Wound selective first spin.


Farer Bernina Hand-Wound Chronograph: An Exclusive First Review

Case 316L Steel Movement Sellita SW510 BH Dial Off White Lume Yes Lens Sapphire Strap Leather Water Resistance 10 ATM Dimensions 41 x 46mm Thickness 12.9mm Lug Width 20mm Crown Push-pull Warranty Yes Price $1950


The incredible thing about barrel cases is that they take into account a somewhat bigger breadth while keeping a more limited, and accordingly more wearable, haul to-carry length. In this example, the Bernina estimates 41 x 46 x 12.5mm, which incorporates the case sapphire gem. So it’s got the width expected to offset an outer bezel with a dial that’s adequately large to don three enormous sub-dials, yet a length that won’t reach out over your wrist. What’s more, before you begin complaining that it’s too enormous, recollect that Speedmasters and Autavias are both 42mm, so this finds a place with that period.

The case itself is quite clear in its general shape, remaining with the barrel idea, however it’s completed and definite greatly. This is the place where Farer truly sparkles. Everything about considered, so the watch overall comes out more refined. An illustration of this can be seen on the correct side, where the mid-case — which has been tuned with undermines and moves in completing to help cut down the visual stature — expands a piece around the pushers. Or on the other hand how looking into the issue back there is a somewhat raised lip where the sapphire presentation precious stone sits, which appears to carry the development nearer to the surface. The completing likewise has that better quality feel, where the brushing has a practically pearlescent quality, and each edge is impeccably crisp.

Farer’s signature bronze component Classic barrel calculation Superb completing

For Farer’s signature bronze crown, they rehashed what they did on their physically twisted three-hand models ( like the Stanhope we recently looked into ). Rather than strong bronze, they went with steel with a bronze cap — the rationale here being that given the day by day twisting necessities of the watch, steel is more qualified for the errand. It’s a decent fix, as you’ll still get the patina impact on the external side, yet it’s a more exemplary look otherwise.

Dial and Bezel

The case on the Bernina is as pleasant as possible expectation, yet the dial and bezel are the place where it gets its character. Where to try and start? There is a ton going on here, yet the primary thing one notification is clearly the striking white, cream, red, and blue colorway. While white dials aren’t uncommon, they are more uncommon than dull dials — particularly on game watches — and ones with prevalently red records and hands are essentially incredible. The outcome is a novel look that is without a moment’s delay fascinating and striking, similar to a portion of the more extraordinary Universal Genèves and Gallets from the twentieth century, while additionally feeling exceptionally specialized and instrument-like. It’s alluring and genuinely extraordinary, yet it requires a moment to heat up to.

The fundamental dial surface is really not obvious white, but instead a warm offwhite with a silk sheen. The hours list is imprinted in a striking red, similar to the moment/chrono seconds list, save the principal quarter. Here, instead of red, the record is a decent medium blue. Why? Not certain, but rather I like it. One thing you’ll notice on this watch is that nearly everything has a little bend like that part of blue. Like I said, there’s a ton going on.

Looking at the sub-dials, you’ll notice that the 30-minute counter at 3:00 and the dynamic seconds at 9:00 component matte white places to give them simply a touch greater perceivability, while the 12-hour counter at 6:00 is printed straightforwardly on the dial. Of the three, the Bernina is the solitary model with no space for the sub-dials, rather utilizing surface and shading to make the sub-dials champion. On the sub-dials, you’ll find fundamentally dark lists, making them pop all the more.

An engaging play among white and grayish The bezel stretches out the splendid dial to the edge of the case Cool lume arrangement The red hands drive the tasteful home

Surrounding the principle dial is a fresh white section ring that points down, making a visual scaffold between the dial and the bezel. On the ring is a telemetry scale imprinted in red, which adds to the complexity of the dial, however looks offset with different components. One of my #1 subtleties of the dial is at first undetectable to the unaided eye, resting between the telemetre scale and the moment/seconds file. Here, imprinted in lume that impeccably coordinates the shade of the dial, are wide lines at every hour/time period. They require up around two minutes of room each, and in obscurity add a startling and extremely cool plan element.

For hands, Farer went with a fascinating blend. The hour and moment are intense precious stone shapes, similar to an alpha-hand, however somewhat unique with a nearly pilot feel. They are brilliant red with a liberal measure of lume fill. The chrono seconds is a long stick that arrives at the actual edge of the dial, additionally in splendid red. The sub-dials are all needle hands, with the moment and hour counter in red, and the dynamic seconds in blue. By and by, the unforeseen blue is a decent touch.

The bezel is an unequivocal purpose of qualification for the Bernina. As opposed to a crude steel or anodized aluminum, Farer went with white ceramic with an engraved and shading filled tachymeter scale. Such a detail I’d hope to discover on a more costly watch, it is attractive no doubt. It truly feels like they took dial components and freed them once again from their protected zone underneath the sapphire, presenting them to be seen and contacted straightforwardly. The red tach looks extremely cool against the white artistic, while the “tachymeter” text plays off of those incidental blue minutes. My one investigate here is that because of the adjustment in material, the nature of the white is not the same as it is on the dial, practically like it’s a touch translucent.


Remember a couple of years prior when it appeared as on the off chance that you needed an advanced mechanical chronograph your solitary decision was a 7750? Presently, there is by all accounts each alternative under the sun, with even mono-pushers on the ascent, and I couldn’t be more joyful about it. With that far removed, the Bernina is fueled by an elaboré grade, hand-wound Sellita 510 BH, which highlights 27 gems, hacking seconds, 58 hours of force save, and a recurrence of 28,800 bph. This variant has no date, so no apparition crown position to be concerned with.

Through the showcase case back, you’ll see the pleasantly beautified development, with a huge plate on top highlighting Farer adornment and marking. On the left side, you’ll discover the cam framework on full presentation, while on the privilege is the escapement. Blued screws and perlage complete the picture.

There are a couple of motivations to need a hand-wound chronograph, beginning with the experience of winding your watch. It feels great to do, and keeping in mind that actually less helpful, it’s an agreeable custom for your number one watch. Then, the development will be more slender than the programmed rendition, .9mm in this occasion, prompting a slimmer by and large watch. In conclusion, there’s no rotor to hinder your perspective on the movement.

Straps and Wearability

The Bernina came mounted to a dull blue, huge opening meeting lash made out of Barenia calfskin. Farer’s lashes are in every case very much made and completed, and this is no exemption. The dim blue cowhide functions admirably with the white and red of the watch, differentiating those tones, however less unmistakably than dark would have. In a move that I can just call “cheeky,” they’ve lined the lash in splendid red. Not ordinarily something I’d go for, yet seeing that bit of red from the tail of the lash look over the highest point of the watch makes the red of the watch pop a tad more.

41mm on a 7″ Wrist Dark Blue Big Hole Rally Fits well and stands apart barely enough

On the wrist, the Bernina wears well overall. As I composed over, the elements of the case make it striking, yet it actually fits pleasantly. It doesn’t feel like an enormous watch, regardless of whether it’s over 40mm. Because of the reasonable mid-case configuration, blend of brushed and cleaned surfaces, and the container sapphire, it looks and feels generally dainty too. All things considered, the Bernina likewise isn’t attempting to be a little, vintage chrono. It’s a game watch with hustling DNA that addresses legacy pieces while being its own new thing.

Stylistically, this is an exceptionally cool watch also. There aren’t many, assuming any, watches that truly resemble this. All white with a lot of red may appear to be excessively out there, yet practically speaking it’s not so wild. Extraordinary? Indeed. Prominent or hostile? No. It didn’t conflict with anything I was wearing (dim tones, normally) and seeing it on somebody else’s wrist from somewhat of a distance, I thought it looked cool and very regular. So, this is likewise a watch you could toss on some splendid nylon throughout the late spring for a stronger look.


Looking past the Bernina and at the arrangement in general, the Farer Hand-Wound chronographs are another accomplishment for the brand, and another genuine endeavor for the moderately youthful company. The development is excellent and moderately uncommon right now. The completing is first class — indeed, it’s what you’d expect on watches costing more than what this one does.  Speaking of value, $1,950 is reasonable, if not economical, and absolutely defended. Yet, where Farer truly sparkles past the competition is in their innovativeness. They don’t make flat, familiar feeling watches. They riff on exemplary thoughts, however by not being attached to a long history and not being choked by customary mentalities, they have another and inventive perspective.

In respects to the Bernina explicitly, when Farer discharges their watch threesomes, they will in general have two that are sure to be swarm pleasers, and one that is intended for the fans. The Bernina is the last mentioned. It’s a peculiar, however agreeable watch that will interest gatherers who have a “seen-it-all” mentality, and the individuals who simply appreciate something other than what’s expected, while not requiring a major name on their dial. This is a watch that will hang out in any assortment, and on any wrist. Farer