We take a closer look at the new Fears Brunswick PT, which will be a new line for Fears and will come as a Limited Production model of only 4 per year.

One of our favourite brands, and certainly favourite characters, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill sent us an email recently. Whilst we are always excited to receive emails from him, this one was particularly special. It had the subject heading “Fears turned up to 11!”, and outside of just the usual stuff about how we’re his favourite watch publication of all time etc, it also included a teaser video that was taken from the full clip below.

Suffice to say seeing this video made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, and so given the current environment, the usual Sam Smiths pub rendezvous was replaced by a late-night Zoom call with the man himself, Nicholas, to find out more about this amazing piece.

My assumption was that a piece this amazing just had to be a limited edition, following on from the success of the Brunswick Brown Limited Edition released recently. However, to my shock and delight, Nicholas informed me that it will be a new line for Fears, and will come as a Limited Production model. They will release 4 per year, which given the craft that goes into this watch, and that I will touch upon later, makes total sense.

Fears have not released a watch in a solid precious metal since the 1960s, another factor that makes this watch so special. This watch also continues a family tradition that has been in place for 175 years. Ever since the brands inception, the company’s hallmark has been the initials of the Managing Director at the time. As a result in this platinum example, the case and buckle have been marked by the London Assay Office with the initials of Nicholas himself “NBS”.

What we have here is the quintessential Brunswick case, but with a few nuances. First of all, as you will have gathered the case is milled from a block of solid Platinum, which gives the watch some serious weight, 3 times heavier than a normal steel Brunswick in fact! The other nuance with the use of platinum is how the case is constructed. Before machine-produced precious metal watch cases became commonplace, each individual case would have been crafted by hand by a jeweler. This tradition is something Fears have brought back in the Brunswick PT, with award-winning Goldsmith Justin Richardson taking 100 hours to shape and polish by hand each individual case…

The Brunswick PT’s charm does not stop at the incredibly machined case, it also extends through to the dial. The dial features a platinum-exclusive dial-in Anthracite Grey, which is coated in real anthracite. The natural colour combines with three surface finishes to result in a dial that changes in the light giving a two-tone effect. Each dial is hand finished, involving over 58 processes, and features a contemporary layout with alternating platinum-plated Arabic numerals and flawless diamonds. The discreet diamond markers complement the D-colour, flawless diamond set into the Platinum winding crown.


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