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Building on the success of the Shaftesbury sm301, Garrick continues to play its part in the resurgence of British watchmaking by releasing its new Hoxton SM302 timepiece. This particular model continues to employ some of the striking design codes of this quintessential British watch company, but ‘pared-down’ to reveal merely the essentials of time, namely hours and minutes.The Hoxton sm302 is offered in a variety of colourways, ranging from restrained anthracite, to beguiling blues, chaste white and vivacious reds.
The devil is in the detail
The idiom, ‘The devil is in the detail’ could easily be applied to the Hoxton SM302, such is the distilled nature of each part of its composition. Moreover, there is nothing immoral about this horological offering. On the contrary, its virtuous specification and refined creation is evident within moments of making its acquaintance.
The dials and unique longer than normal hands are made in-house by Garrick’s own talented team of skilled watchmakers. The case-band of the Hoxton SM302 features delightful graining, softening the appearance of the case and granting a tempered tone to proceedings.
Gracing the surface of the hand-turned dial is an applied chapter ring, retained with three thermally blued screws. Garrick was keen not to countersink the screws, choosing to leave them slightly proud of the chapter ring in order to enhance the three-dimensional aspect of the dial architecture and allow the screw slots to readily interface with ambient light. In isolation, this specification detail may sound minor, but at Garrick, there is a firm belief that attention to detail is of paramount importance.
The 42mm diameter case is optimally sized for the majority of wearers and collaborates with the supple Cordovan strap to grant exceptional levels of wearer comfort. Price £2495
It is refreshing to see British craftsmanship is still alive and well. Indeed, as a patriot and watch lover I can report, that for once, seeing red actually makes me happy. The future of Garrick looks assured if it continues to produce watches that display such breathtaking invention and skill.
Read the full review at Escapement Magazine
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