The brand new chronographs from England’s Farer are 39 millimeters across, 12.5 millimeters tall, run on a highly decorated Elaboré-grade ETA 2894-2 movement, sport excellent Horween leather straps, and rock three of Farer’s most appealing colorways—all for $1,950.
But specs and prices don’t hold a candle to the vibe these watches put off in person, which is an uncanny balance of vintage-inspired sophistication and up-to-the-minute whimsy. That vibe seems to work on all kinds of wrists. At last night’s launch event here in New York City, I saw imposingly tall men with enormous arms look badass in these chronographs, and I saw petite women look even more badass in them. Whoever was trying them on had a big smile on their face and then fell into the dilemma that now faces all of us: which one of the three do you like best?
The Cobb sports a “big eye” sub-dial configuration with graduated turquoise paint job, a bright orange running seconds hand at nine o’clock and an even brighter yellow central chronograph hand. That melange of color sits over a matte dial that Farer aptly describes as “night-sky blue.” If that colorway sounds or looks too wacky for you, I encourage you to get one in hand and marvel, as I did, at how successfully integrated—and ultimately quiet—the Cobb is.