Independent British watchmaker Garrick announced a new entry-level watch today, with a handcrafted guilloché dial.
The Garrick S4, which can be ordered with a number of variations, is shown with a brass dial that’s first been “flattened” using an abrasive paper to remove imperfections, making it completely smooth. Next, it’s bead blasted, resulting in a frosted surface.
From there, three-chapter rings, which have a circular satin finish, and laser engraved markings (which are inked by hand using a special syringe pen), are attached to the dial. Inside the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, using a rose-engine lathe operated by hand, one of the Garrick watchmakers gives the watch a distinctive guilloché pattern.
Interestingly, the 42 mm stainless steel case is made of 904L, not 316L steel (it’s also available in 18K gold). This steel (most famously used by Rolex) is more costly to source and to manufacture, although it does provide enhanced corrosion resistance and a slightly brighter sheen.
Driving the time only what, and the signature blued hour and minute hands with “Maritime” anchor-shaped counterweights, is a hand-wound ETA, that’s been frosted and modified, thus elevating it to a higher standard than any factory ETA blank. According to Garrick, after the movement is tested, it’s regulated, delivering a daily variance of -3/+3 seconds.
Each piece is built to order by Garrick’s watchmakers Craig Baird and Simon Michlmayr. The retail price starts at approximately $6,800.