March 6, 2009
by Ariel Adams
Tell me that this isn’t the ultimate luxury pirate themed watch. The Torpeda Pirata line of watches has pirate (Pirata) in the name, starting the obsession with pirates that Cuervo y Sobrinos needed to make this watch. I don’t ever recall instances of pirates using torpedoes though, but the source of the Torpedo name comes from another collection from the brand. Cuervo y Sobrinos is a brand that relaunched a few years ago from a classic Cuban watch brand. Style choices for the brand’s designs include traditional Havana style and tastes from the Caribbean. The self motto of the brand is that they make watches with a Latin spirit and Swiss heart. Oh, and it is good to mention while I still have your attention that every Cuervo y Sobrinos watch comes in an actual humidor that doubles as a watch case. The Torpedo Pirata Moon Phase adds to last year’s Torpedo Pirata GMT watch, which was the first in this limited edition line. The Moon Phase version is limited to 125 pieces.
As you can see from the images, the Torpedo Pirata line uses a unique seven piece watch case. The idea is that over time the owner can alternate between materials to give the watch a different looks. Available materials include titanium, steel, bronze, and various shades of gold. A typical watch is made up of a mix of a few of them. If you look at the watch closely, you’ll find all the nods to piratey ways. The dial is meant to resemble antique sea instruments, notable the compass. The chronograph pushers look like the tip of a blunderbuss gun or cannon muzzle. The grooved crown looks like a cannon ball or a navigational globe. Then you have the lugs which are meant to resemble the prow on a ship. Taken together, the rich design produces a lasting appeal to enthusiasts of historic boats as pirate tales alike.
The movement is the Cuervo y Sobrinos 3050 Calibre movement based on an automatic Valjoux 7750. The movement modifications include a periphery date, removal of the day of the week, and a moon phase indicator dial. at 3 o’clock. That leaves the movement with the 12 hour chronograph. Even though the movement is a Valjoux 7750, the modifications and nature of the watch are appropriate for a watch of this price. We are talking about a pretty large watch case at 45mm wide, which is about as big as you can get and still look good on most wrists. That is sort of the point when it comes to a watch like this. Loud and proud is the major theme. Use of gold and bronze tones, as well and the blacks with a hint of blue in the moonphase are perfect to setting the tone, and I wholly enjoy the images that looking at the watch inspire in my mind. The watch issues a two tone rubber strap to attach to your wrist with a titanium buckle. The top is black rubber, while the bottom is light gray rubber, with gold stitching.
Both the Torpedo Pirata GMT (not pictured) and Moon Phase are excellent watch designs. For me, Cuervo y Sobrinos designs are hit and miss, this is certainly a hit. Price will be about $14,000 for this limited editon Cuervo y Sobrinos watch.
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