Building on the success of their 2019 Cobb Chronograph, Farer have released the Cobb Monopusher–a limited edition timepiece, numbered 1-100. Like the original Cobb, the devil is in the detail. And the detail here is colour…a beautiful hue of sunburst blue, to be exact. Into this palate, toss twin, cream-coloured sub-dials, a complementary orange chronograph hand, and a swath of yellow in the 30-minute dial to highlight the ten-minute marker. Not to be outdone in the dark, the Cobb Monopusher also employs applied numerals cast in Super-LumiNova and then backfilled in a deep blue.
Of course the star of this show is Sellita 510 MP Elaboré, specially designed to function as a monopusher. This is a change from the modular ETA 2894-2 used in the Cobb Chronograph, but the same movement used in the Seagrave, released earlier this year. The rotor here is finished in an ink blue and decorated in orange lettering. It also uses blue screws and has guilloché polishing on the bridge. On the technical end of things, the movement offers a laudable 62-hour power reserve.
Of particular note is Pulsometer scale inscribed on the rehaut. Often referred to as a doctor’s watch in the past, the Pulsometer scale allows the wearer to measure his/her heart rate in combination with the chronograph function.
The Monopusher case, overall, is an attractive asymmetrical design. It’s fashioned from marine-grade stainless-steel and measures 40.5mm in diameter. With the box sapphire dome, it is 14.7mm thick and a very comfortable 44mm from lug to lug. The flanks are beautifully decorated in a textured pattern and highlight the curvature of the case. The top of the watch is brushed with a polished stationary bezel. The tanker underbelly is also brushed, but separated from the flank by a line of polish. Like most offerings from Farer, the machined crown is capped in a bronze rendering of the brand logo.
|Case||316L Stainless Steel|
44mm Lug to Lug
20mm Lug Width
100m Water Resistance
|Dial & Crystal||Boxed Sapphire Dome|
Date Window @ 6
|Movement||Sellita SW510 MP Elaboré|
62-Hour Power Reserve
|Strap||St Venere Leather Strap |
/w Stainless Steel Buckle
Three Link Stainless Steel Bracelet
John Rhodes Cobb was a British racing motorist during the mid-twentieth century. He set the world land speed record three times in his career. In 1938, he travelled 350 miles an hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in a modified Railton Special. He broke his own record in 1939, achieving 369mph. However, a decade later, in 1947, Cobb would eventually reach 394.19mph. In almost mythical fashion, Cobb would lose his life in 1952 on Loch Ness in Scotland while attempting to set the world water speed record. For many years, it was rumoured that his boat struck the wake of the Loch Ness monster. He was travelling 200mph at the time of the accident. Cobb also served as a pilot during WWII.
Farer can’t seem to do much wrong of late. The Cobb Monopusher follows a familiar recipe for the brand–fashionable, bold colour choices, coupled with detailed dial design. It works. However, here, the case is equally outstanding. The Valjoux-based movement can be found in other watches like the Oris Divers Sixty-Five and the similarly speced Massena LAB Uni-Racer. But you’ll pay a lot more to wear them than you will for the Cobb. I like that Farer has done more than simply change the movement and the colour on this reference. By including the Pulsometer scale and releasing this as a monopusher, the brand has made it a true limited edition piece. Fans and owners of the original would be happy to have both in their stable, and satisfied in the knowledge that they haven’t repurchased the same watch twice.
The Cobb Monopusher retails for $1995USD on leather, or $2055USD on stainless steel. For more information, check out the brand website soon. I suspect these will sell quickly.
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