Cuba isn’t the primary spot that comes to mind when you consider watchmaking. Cuervo y Sobrinos is arguably the only luxury watch brand with genuine Latin roots, brought into the world in Havana’s San Rafael Avenue. Presently settled in Le Noirmont, Switzerland, the brand combines contemporary Swiss craftsmanship with plan motivation from Havana’s brilliant years. The Historiador Pequeños Segundos was propelled by a vintage company piece from 1946, yet additionally conveys an advanced vibe with both work of art and edgy plan components. How about we take a gander at a deceptively traditionalist piece that praises the Latin soul.
Founded in 1882, Cuervo y Sobrinos quickly got known for both fine jewelry and watches. The name is gotten from Armando Río Cuervo, who in 1900 worked with his family to grow his uncle’s company – Cuervo y Sobrinos means Cuervo and Nephews. In 1920, the brand extended to Europe, networking in Pforzheim, Germany and on Rue Mezlay in Paris. A creation site would be set up 10 years after the fact in the core of Swiss watchmaking, La Chaux-de-Fonds. By 1950, the Havana store had become a well known objective for the renowned and world class – Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Clark Gable and Ernest Hemingway were among its supporters. Political occasions would demonstrate appalling for the brand in the last part of the 1950s, in any case, and by 1959 it vanished entirely.
Over 40 years after its downfall, current company president Marzio Villa relaunched Cuervo y Sobrinos in Europe with another assortment appeared at Baselworld in 2003. The Boutique Museum in La Habana was opened in 2009 as the brand got back to its origination with a shop and exhibition hall in Havana. The restored company may produce watches out of Le Noirmont (Swiss Jura) today, yet its essence will always stay in the roads of Havana.
CASE AND DESIGN
The instance of this Cuervo y Sobrinos hits that contemporary sweet spot at 40mm in breadth and 11.5mm in tallness. The entirety of the 316L treated steel is cleaned, yet it supports the mid-century esthetic. Long, rakish drags give it an edgy vibe and take after those on the Tissot T-Complication Squelette (see photograph beneath). The ones here are somewhat more with softer edges and have an ergonomic reason too, supporting in a comfortable fit around the wrist.
The watch is covered by a twofold bended sapphire crystal with an enemy of intelligent covering, while an intriguing sapphire presentation caseback disregards the standard. It’s normal to discover custom imprinting on back crystals (think MeisterSinger or Frederique Constant ), however the Historiador Pequeños Segundos goes considerably further with a detailed plan that clouds a significant part of the development. The company logo sits in an open circle at the middle, which serves as the most clear window to the mechanics under. The marked knurled crown doesn’t screw down and the case is water-impervious to only 30 meters. It’s clearly a dress watch without sea-going goals yet is protected from sprinkles and downpour.
DIAL AND HANDS
The dark dial of the present Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequeños Segundos has two primary surfaces, beginning with a profound matte area in the middle that grows to a furrowed ring at the edge. Enormous applied Arabic numerals sit at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock with an engraved Cuervo y Sobrinos seal applied at 12, all with rhodium treatment. An angled date window with a coordinating dark foundation sits at 3 o’clock.
Filling the holes are applied lance molded lists that infringe into the middle area, adding a touch of profundity. A seconds sub-dial passes on over 6 o’clock in a cut that gives extra profundity a straightforward, point by point track. The blade style hour and moment hands are likewise rhodium-plated with little Super-LumiNova embeds close to the tips. It’s not much but rather takes care of business in obscurity. A limited moment track traverses the peripheral border. The summit of these components – stick files, textual style, surfaces and applied symbol – give the dial an inconspicuous yet indisputable Latin vibe, while the by and large monochromatic theme keeps it wearing a suit.
The heart of the Historiador Pequeños Segundos is the CYS 5157 type, in light of a Sellita 260-1 programmed. It has 31 gems, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 38-hour power hold. A strong, easily-useful development. Halfway perspectives through the printed presentation caseback show a custom rotor with a fan design and company etching. This Sellita base development is beautified with Côtes de Genève and perlage.
The 20mm tie is dark Louisiana gator with a tempered steel deployment fasten. The CyS symbol is engraved on the clasp and the lash includes the always appreciated speedy delivery switches. As I’ve often said previously, I’m not the greatest enthusiast of deployment catches as I have little wrists and they rarely sit well. Also, albeit the provided tie really suits the watch esthetically, I’d likely trade it out for a pin clasp partner. Cuervo y Sobrinos, fortunately, makes this easy. There’s likewise a discretionary treated steel arm band.
There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking with the Historiador Pequeños Segundos – the Sellita-based development, cleaned steel case and matte dark dial are generally standard admission. The subtleties, notwithstanding, are very professional. The numerous dial surfaces and lance records really get the attention, and the long, precise drags look cool as well as genuinely add to wrist comfort. The cleaned silver against dark gives it a dressy vibe, while the edgy carries and dial components have a retro, Latin feel.
I’m somewhat torn with the caseback. The complex print under the sapphire is cool yet in addition deters the majority of the mechanics for a look that is more strong back than display. It does, notwithstanding, proceed with the Latin vibe that I appreciate. In general, it’s a very much measured, all around thought piece with sufficient style and eccentricity to really stick out.
Price and availability
The Historiador Pequeños Segundos retails for CHF 2,900 and comes with numerous dial alternatives – shading, finish and lists. A hardened steel arm band is likewise accessible for all models and surprisingly doesn’t raise the cost. For more data and orders, visit the Cuervo y Sobrinos site .