Feynman Fjord – Hands-on (p)Review
Feynman Timekeepers is one of the microbrands I have followed closely for over two years. You can find my review of their debut piece, the Feynman One, here, the model that steered my interest in this brand from Singapore. You can also find my review of the Feynman Cove, a model with similar specs to the Fjord, their latest model currently in the pre-order phase.
With the Fjord, Feynman sticks to the same aesthetic formula as with the previous models, an interesting blend of adventure and elegance, which seems to be appreciated by many as Feynman models tend to sell out fast.
Like the previous models, the Fjord features a thick domed crystal that immediately spices up everything on the dial. I loved this crystal on the Feynman One, I loved it on the Cove, and I still can’t get tired of it on the Fjord; it just makes staring at the watch a lot more fun.
The Fjord comes with an internally rotating compass bezel that you can adjust with the top crown, the element that brings the adventure into this rather chic package.
When it comes to the dial, you can choose between green, olive, black with orange or the Fjord “Tempest” with its blue/grey sunburst dial and white accents; this review is based on a Tempest prototype. I can’t tell you much about the other colours, but the Tempest is fascinating how it can change, depending on the light. Sometimes it looks black; other times, it’s blue, it’s never the same, and the domed crystal is like a loupe giving you a closer look at this marvel.
It is a sandwich dial, with the bottom layer filled with white lume shining with a blue colour in the dark. It’s modern and easy to read. I’m not that fond of the Roman numeral at 12 o’clock; I feel that it breaks with the overall logic of the design. Probably it is the only thing I would change on this watch.
As with the other two Feynman watches I reviewed, there is a small second complication between 6 and 8 o’clock, the hand having a unique shape inspired by the tail of a gecko, a symbol of good luck in some Asian cultures.
The Fjord is powered by an automatic ETA 2895 with Elaborate-Grade specifications, which is one above the Standard grade, meaning that the movement is adjusted in three positions instead of two, resulting in an average of +/-7 seconds per day.
This prototype was shipped with a blue Palmelatto leather strap, but production models will also include an extra FKM grade rubber strap.
As with other Feynman watches, the Fjord too has a strong, recognizable identity. The pre-order price is SGD$1,085, and it will start shipping in the coming weeks. The Fjord is made by one of the microbrands that I respect a lot, and I can recommend it without hesitation.
For more details and to pre-order, visit https://feynman.watch/