As defiantly eclectic as it is, the Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Vuelo still makes a strong impression with its deliberately oversized stainless steel body and a dial that could make your eyes bleed if only it wasn’t matched so convincingly well to the energetic shape of the case. Not designed according to the book that most Swiss-based watchmakers live by, this new Historiador may be a timekeeper of choice for a person who looks for something entirely new.
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Now that’s something big from the Swiss-based brand with its roots going straight to the Caribbean. No, they didn’t introduce a tourbillon with parts made of silicon or some other fancy material from the asteroid 25143 Itokawa brought here by the Japanese space probe Hayabusa. However, this gorgeous Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Flameante (ref. 3130) explicitly states that CyS has a great potential when it comes to “simple” dress watches.
Continuing to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the brand, the now Swiss-based brand of Cuban origin keeps introducing the most elegant timekeepers in its history. Their new Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente 130° Aniversario (ref. 1015.1CLE), for example, comes packed in an elegant rectangular case with ergonomically shaped integrated lugs and features a refined, highly-legible dial.
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 s 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.
The now-Swiss brand of Cuban origin has recently presented its 2011 Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Retrogrado (ref. 3194.1A) that features a retrograde date display and a power reserve indicator. Still sporting the same deliberately archaic styling of its face and powered by a modified ETA caliber, the new model tries to monetize the watchmaker’s ‘colonial’ legacy and, from where I sit, is successful at that.
Cuervo y Sobrinos, a relatively obscure brand that was established on Cuba and is now owned by a Swiss-based company, has presented a new version of their deliciously retro-styled Pirata model. Now called Pirata Complete Calendar Limited Edition (ref. 3051.5NF), it packs the usual functionality of an ETA 7751 caliber into a not-so-common combination of steel, titanium, and bronze.