New Kid on the Block, Garrick, Furthers UK Horological Tradition – The new Garrick Hoxton SM302
In 2014, new names joined the British bastion: businessman David Brailsford teamed up with watchmaking wizard Simon Michlmayr to form Garrick, and the Shaftesbury SM301 was their inaugural watch. If today your first thought of a luxury watch is something Swiss, Garrick wants to occupy the map of possibilities with a new British offering, the Garrick Hoxton SM302.
When it comes to British aristocracy, impeccable breeding and refinement, Garrick is a ‘member of the club‘ with its new Garrick Hoxton SM302, but it also elevates British watchmaking on a world stage. Just as the British once ruled the waves, they also were a horological force: John Harrison developed the Marine Chronometer (1735-1759), Thomas Mudge contributed the Lever Escapement (1750), and John Arnold, shall we say, “improved” the Detent Escapement for production (1775).
The Hoxton SM302, so-named for a district in the East End of London, portrays time’s essence in the cleanness of hours and minutes. Though one can commission a bespoke watch from Garrick, the range of choices with the Hoxton SM302 makes a ready alternative. There is a choice between hushed hues or spirited shades, and apart from the company logo and applied chapter ring, color dominates the circularly textured, guilloché dial. The 42mm case has a smooth, receding bezel so as to feature the dial, and the watch combines appearance and comfort in its black, Cordovan strap.
The earlier Shaftesbury SM301 with its ample hand-finishing set the stage for Garrick’s level of craftsmanship. In the Hoxton SM302, every dial, each pair of hands, and the movement bridges are made in-house. Applied to the hand-turned dials is a chapter ring, which is affixed at 12, 4 and 8 o’clock by thermally blued screws. Garrick was careful to avoid countersinking the screws, leaving them slightly elevated. Not only does the applied chapter ring add a three-dimensional depth of field, but when the light plays across the blued screws, it reveals a colorful idiosyncrasy and proud attention to detail.
In an age of mass-produced watches, Garrick’s furtherance of British hand craftsmanship in its lively Hoxton SM302 contributes a beguiling choice. Garrick may be a new name, but the British tradition it embodies is timeless. More details on www.garrick.co.uk.
The Watch looks like 600 euros to me. This brand must mention they are English about fifty times on there website http://www.garrick.co.uk.
Is that the only reason that you would by this watch? I would rather by a Bremont or C.Ward for a lot less money.
These are the Meridian guys are they not? Just a new name?
Is this the same David Brailsford that works with Peter Roberts?