With their new Historiador, Cuervo y Sobrinos takes us back to simpler times, the 1950s. The Historiador Cronógrafo Landeron is inspired by one of the company’s models from this decade, but it’s not just the design that’s important here. The case of this watch houses something amazing – an actual movement from the fifties! Of course, for this model, it had to be fully restored by Cuervo y Sobrinos, part by part. Now, that’s something special. Not many people will get to enjoy this watch, though. The Historiador Cronógrafo Landeron is a limited edition collection, comprising a total of just 50 watches.
First things first – the case. The new Historiador features a 41 mm case made of 18-karat rose gold. The thickness is 12.5 mm. One of the first things you’re going to notice her are the lugs, which give the watch a very distinctive look. Another detail inspired by the 1950s is the domed sapphire crystal, with antireflective coating on both sides. Although, back it the day it would have been an acrilic hesalite crystal instead of sapphire, but the shape is what’s most interesting here. Next, on the right side of the case, we’ll notice the three matching components, the crown and the two chronograph push-pieces. As for the back, things get more transparent here. We’re talking about the sapphire crystal case-back, which gives us a nice view of the movement and its finishing. As for the aquatic properties, the watch has a water resistance of 30 meters. In other words, the timepiece can withstand pressures of up to 3 bar, which sounds pretty reasonable.
Complementing the rose gold case, we have an elegant enameled white dial. There’s quite a lot to be seen here, starting with the tachymeter scale, positioned along the edge of the dial. Next, we have the two sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock. Those are the 45-minute chronograph counter and the small seconds counter, respectively. The overall color scheme of the dial promises good readability; the tachymeter scale, the Arabic numerals and indexes, are all in black, effectively contrasting the white background. At the center of the dial, we find a trio of hands in gold color, two of which (hours, minutes) are Breguet-style hands. Last, but not least, instead of the 12 o’clock numeral, we have the applied emblem of Cuervo y Sobrinos.
The movement is definitely is one of the coolest things about this watch. The new Historiador is powered by the caliber CyS 4008, which is the name Cuervo y Sobrinos gave to the restored vintage movement Landeron 248, made sometime around 1950. This is a hand-wound chronograph movement with 14 jewels, measuring 31 mm in diameter, and it has a power reserve of 38 hours. Completing this vintage watch, we have a stylish brown Louisiana alligator leather strap, which goes perfect with the rose gold of the case. The strap itself is completed with a pin buckle made of 18-karat rose gold, just like the case.