Don’t worry – WWR is not going to start covering cigars. Instead, we’re going to take a look at a watch that from Swiss Company Cuervo y Sobrinos. Of course, once I saw that one of their lines, the Torpedo Caribeño, featured bronze cases, my selection was made.
I don’t know about, but I had never heard of this company before – but according to their website, they’ve actually been around since 1882, so their no fly-by-night operation. What exactly nephews (that’s what sobrinos translates to) has to do with ravens (what cuervo translates to), I don’t know. Perhaps something to resolve at a later date.
Now, what of the watch? The bronze itself is found as a prominent accent on the 45mm case that also features titanium and brushed steel (and if bronze isn’t your thing, they do offer it in black as well). Nestled into that bronze circle is an AR-coated sapphire crystal, making the package water resistant to 30 meters.
Beating away underneath the dial is an automatic movement with 25 jewels and a 38 hour power reserve. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find any information on their website as to if the movement is in-house, or they’re using some other Swiss or Japanese movement. Regardless, it will still tell you the time and date, and as well as entertain your eyes as the second hand moves around the dial.
Now, regarding the dial – I have to admit, I’m not a fan. The mixture of Roman and Arabic numerals (as well as the attendant font differences) just seems jarring to me. It does appear that there is a variant (shown below) that sticks with just the Arabic numerals (and adds a day display), which works much better.
I also feel I have to comment on the bronze usage here. In the image below, it appears to be a great addition, and doesn’t detract from the style. However, in the image at the top of this post, it just looks like a thick circle that serves to make the dial feel smaller than it is. As this is the straight-on view, and how you’d likely be seeing the watch most of the time, it would become a deal breaker in my book.
Final judgement for you might be dependent on price, which I unfortunately cannot find any information on. Their website prominently states that they do not authorize online resellers, so you’ll have to find one in a brick and mortar establishment to make your own decision.