The hand-wound Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequenos Segundos 130° Aniversario (ref. 3130.9N) is based on the Pequenos Segundos range that was first presented in 2010 and then slightly revisited in 2011 with a pair of new dials. Besides sporting a longer name, the new version is also powered by a different movement and sports a more reserved dial layout, which makes it the most beautiful CyS timekeeper that I have ever seen.
According to official info, the new watch is going to be powered by a hand-wound ETA Peseux Caliber 7001 movement, which is both reliable and robust.
It is also slim, which allowed the Swiss watchmakers make the body especially slim (the movement also powers a more affordable NOMOS Glashuette Tangente Alma Mater Special Edition Wempe 100 from the year 2011.)
Only 40 millimeters in diameter, the case is crafted from 18-karat rose gold and then mirror-polished, as are the sword-shaped hands and stick-shaped hour markers.
As you can see on the photo, the hour markers at 1, 2 and 3 hours are replaced with Arabic numerals: 1, 3 and 0 respectively. That was done not to confuse you, but to emphasize once again that this model celebrates a 130th Anniversary of the brand (although the current Swiss-based company has nothing to do with the business that was established in 1882 in Habana, Cuba.)
It is nice to note that the timekeeper has a clean dial, which is not only easy to read but is also pleasant to admire. My only complaint here is the tiny patches of lume on the hours and minutes hands: I have a feeling that during the night the dots will not be bright enough to allow you to read the time without some effort. On the other hand, being a dress watch, it simply doesn’t need Superluminova at all, so consider it a small bonus.
It is reported that the watch will be limited to only 130 pieces. Price is yet to be announced, but I expect it to be around $20,000 or more*. As usual, the watch will be delivered in a humidor-style presentation box with a built-in hygrometer and an extra fountain pen crafted by the same brand.
If that doesn’t sweeten the deal enough for you (or if the watch is simply too expensive,) there is also a bunch of automatic-powered versions that, offered in a stainless steel body, will set you back for some $3500-$4000 USD.
It will be unveiled this week at Baselworld 2012 event.
* UPDATE ON PRICE: It’s a pleasure to correct my initial estimation of the price: the Swiss-based brand plans to retail the timekeeper at just €9000, which looks like a bargain to me.
Photos: Cuervo y Sobrinos
Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequenos Segundos 130° Aniversario (ref. 3130.9N) specification
Price: €9000 (MSRP)
Movement: Hand-wound, ETA Peseux caliber 7001, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 17 jewels
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Movement decoration: Geneva stripes on bridges, sunburst on gears, blued screws, circular-graining finish on the base plate
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: 18-karat rose gold
Size: 40.00 mm
Case height: 8.00 mm
Hour markers: Applied, baton-shaped
Hands: Luminous, rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather strap with rose gold pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective