Cuba meets Switzerland: Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Chronograph

“Latin soul, Swiss brand” – once again this has been a guideline for the creation of a new timepiece from Cuervo y Sobrinos, the only Swiss company founded in Cuba. And that motto isn’t just a mere saying; it truly shows on their watches. Their timepieces combine the best of both worlds; the elegance and the refinement of the Latin world, together with the exceptional Swiss watch making technology. The latest model, the Historiador Chronograph offers retro styling of ‘50s, drawing inspiration from the company’s 3-timer chronograph models of the time.

The watch is the first chronograph model for the Art Deco-inspired Historiador collection, and will be available in a limited collection which comprises 130 pieces. Two dial colors are offered – half-matte black and ivory. As for the size, the stainless steel case has a diameter of 41 mm, which nicely suits the character of the watch. The crown cover is engraved with “1882″, which is the year of the brand’s founding. The inspiration from the past is noticeable on the double-curved sapphire crystal, protecting the dial.

Brown and Ivory version

And speaking of dial, that’s where things start to get even more interesting. The first thing we notice here is the red tachymeter scale, followed by 3 sub-dials: a 30-minute sub-dial at 9 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and finally, small seconds are on a sub-dial at 3 o′clock. Overall, the vintage feel is very much present, with the classic styling of the dial elements. One peculiar thing though, is the shape of the second hand, which has a triangle at its tip. Completing the dial, we find a large date display at the top, which is actually framed by the triangle of the second hand.

Inside the Historiador Chronograph lays an automatic chronograph movement based on a Dubois-Depraz 2025. The total power reserve of this movement is 40 hours, which should be quite enough. Cuervo y Sobrinos personalized the rotor of the movement with their logo, making this timepiece unique. The mechanism can be seen on the case-back, thanks to the sapphire crystal.

Red scale nicely contrasts with the black dial

Of course, nothing suits a vintage watch more than a leather strap, so naturally Cuervo y Sobrinos equipped this watch with one. Well, it’s actually two: brown or black Louisiana alligator leather strap. The brown version comes with the ivory-colored dial, while the latter is paired with the black dial version. Both feature steel deployant buckles, which ensure comfortable, but at the same time firm grip.

As for the water resistance, buyers will be pleased that the Historiador Chronograph is water resistant up to 30 meters. Not impressive by any means, but it should be more than adequate for everyday use. But that’s not something that makes this watch unique anyway.  It’s the combination of Latin style and Swiss technology that makes the watch (and the brand itself) stand out in the luxury market. A delightful combo, you have to admit. Too bad that it’s a very limited one.


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