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 roused by a vintage company piece from 1946, yet in addition conveys a cutting edge vibe with both work of art and edgy plan components. We should 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, organizing 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 shop had become a mainstream objective for the well known and tip top – Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Clark Gable and Ernest Hemingway were among its supporters. Political occasions would demonstrate sad for the brand in the last part of the 1950s, be that as it may, and by 1959 it vanished entirely.
Over 40 years after its death, 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 make looks 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 distance across and 11.5mm in stature. The entirety of the 316L hardened steel is cleaned, however it builds up the mid-century stylish. Long, rakish hauls give it an edgy vibe and look like those on the Tissot T-Complication Squelette (see photograph underneath). The ones here are somewhat more with gentler 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 a fascinating sapphire presentation caseback evades the standard. It’s normal to discover custom imprinting on back crystals (think MeisterSinger or Frederique Constant ), yet 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 yearnings yet is protected from sprinkles and downpour.
DIAL AND HANDS
The dark dial of the present Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequeños Segundos has two fundamental surfaces, beginning with a profound matte area in the middle that extends to a furrowed ring at the edge. Huge applied Arabic numerals sit at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock with an engraved Cuervo y Sobrinos symbol 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 files that infringe into the middle segment, adding a touch of profundity. A seconds sub-dial passes on over 6 o’clock in a cut that gives extra profundity a basic, definite 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 thin moment track traverses the furthest edge. The finish of these components – skewer files, textual style, surfaces and applied token – give the dial an unpretentious yet undeniable Latin vibe, while the generally monochromatic subject keeps it wearing a suit.
The heart of the Historiador Pequeños Segundos is the CYS 5157 type, in view of a Sellita 260-1 programmed. It has 31 gems, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 38-hour power save. A strong, easily-workable development. Halfway perspectives through the printed presentation caseback show a custom rotor with a fan beautification and company etching. This Sellita base development is finished with Côtes de Genève and perlage.
The 20mm tie is dark Louisiana crocodile with a treated steel deployment fasten. The CyS insignia is engraved on the clasp and the tie includes the always appreciated brisk delivery switches. As I’ve regularly said before, 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 hardened steel wristband.
There’s nothing particularly noteworthy with the Historiador Pequeños Segundos – the Sellita-based development, cleaned steel case and matte dark dial are generally standard toll. The subtleties, nonetheless, are very professional. The numerous dial surfaces and lance records really grab the attention, and the long, precise carries 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 discourages the majority of the mechanics for a look that is more strong back than show. It does, notwithstanding, proceed with the Latin vibe that I appreciate. Generally speaking, it’s an all around sized, very much idea 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 various dial choices – shading, finish and records. A treated steel wristband is likewise accessible for all models and surprisingly doesn’t raise the cost. For more data and orders, visit the Cuervo y Sobrinos site .