English watchmaker, Garrick, was founded in 2014, and while they started out with somewhat affordable watches that utilize NOS Unitas 6497 base movements, they have progressed quite a bit, horologically, in a few short years.
This month, at the SalonQP, they introduced their latest creation, the Portsmouth, which is housed in the company’s 42 mm circular case, with an onion-shaped crown.
With the Portsmouth, Garrick puts on display – via an opening at the base of the dial – their proprietary free sprung balance wheel. Going beyond the benefits of a typical free sprung balance wheel, which offers easy adjustment of the rate by tightening and loosening screws, Garrick’s design features screws affixed “in-board” to the spokes of the wheel, mitigating the disruption to the airflow.
The company’s free sprung balance wheel has been used on previous movements, including the Unitas based Norfolk wristwatch introduced at SalonQP 2015. However, with the help of independent master watchmaker, Andreas Strehler, Garrick now produces an exclusive movement.
The Garrick caliber UT-G01 is a manually wound mechanical movement with parts that are manufactured in the UK and Switzerland – while the finishing, assembly, and regulation occurs in Garrick’s workshop that is based in Norfolk. Furthermore, according to Garrick, most of the parts including the case, hands and dials are engineered in-house or sourced locally.
The Portsmouth will be handmade in limited numbers and will be covered by a 5-year warranty. The retail price is £17,995 ($22,350). Learn more at Garrick.