Long before Switzerland became the epicentre of traditional watchmaking, the Brits were leading the industry basically. Horological greats such as John Arnold, Robert Hooke, John Harrison, Thomas Mudge, and others have all contributed to the craft within the United Kingdom, and beyond. Each of these men was responsible for moving the watchmaking forward, until the downfall of the industry in the UK in the early 1900s. Today, UK-based independent watchmaker Garrick aims to reinstate British watchmaking tradition in the best possible way it can, by producing very desirable and carefully crafted pieces with an eye for traditional craftsmanship. What started with relatively affordable collections has moved into more complex collections. The newest member of the family is the aptly named Garrick S5, following the success of the previous four S-designated collections.
Garrick has morphed itself into a leading company in restoring the art of British watchmaking to the level it once was. With great attention to detail and a devotion to craftsmanship wherever they can, Garrick has long moved on from simpler watches with more conventional third-party movements. Instead, the brand is now primarily known for its dial work and movement decoration but is also doing more and more in-house work on the movement side. It has to be said, the company is making great strides in all areas and this smaller-sized S5 is very intriguing! The watches by Garrick invoke a sense of typical British watchmaking, with the occasional creative expression such as the S3. The lineage through the first S-designated models is very much visible and continues with this S5.
Where previous Garrick watches were sized at 42mm in diameter, the S5 sees the brand dipping to 39mm for the first time. This new, more compact size will certainly please most people, and combined with the slim height of just 8mm it will be an absolute joy to wear. The 904L stainless steel or rose gold case is fully polished, with sapphire crystals on both sides and a sturdy, knurled crown. It’s also nice to know it is rated to 100m of water resistance, so it can take a little splash.
The beauty of just about everything Garrick has done in the past few years lies in the in-house produced engine-turned dials and all the intricate details portrayed by the craftsmen. The Garrick S5 continues down that same path, with yet again a stunning handmade guilloche dial. You have a choice of a number of different motifs, which can be combined on a single dial. Next, you also have the option of a solid chapter ring, or a skeletonized one, both featuring Roman numerals. The Maritime-style hands are heat-blued by hand in Garrick’s workshop. The final touch to the dial is the applique with the brand’s name.
At the heart of the new Garrick S5 is a new movement, the Calibre UT-G05. This manual wound movement is designed, built and finished by Garrick, with only a small number of components supplied by Uhrteil AG, with whom Garrick has worked numerous times in past collections. Seen through the caseback, the UT-G05 movement features a typical English style construction, with a large three-quarter plate. This is given a gold or silver frosted finish with raised outlines for the jewel mounts, screws and other elements. The bottom half is reserved for the balance wheel, suspended under a three-spoke bridge with anglage and polished arms. The movement runs at a frequency of 21,600vph and provides a lengthy 60 hours of autonomy once fully wound.
The Garrick S5 is worn on a handmade leather strap with a classic pin buckle. You can opt for a range of different materials, like alligator, calfskin, buffalo or ostrich. It is not limited by number, but rather by production capacity per year yet no fixed number is given. All of Garrick’s watches are made to order and can be personalized with different guilloche patterns, dial colours, chapter rings or hand designs if desired. The Garrick S5 retails for GBP 16,000 excluding VAT, with first deliveries scheduled for early 2023.
For more information, please visit Garrick.co.uk