Once again this year, there’ll be a dash of rum in the Fendant! The presence of Cuervo y Sobrinos at Basel always adds an inimitable Latin American touch to the show.
In 2013, the Cuban brand presented new features redolent with Côtes de Genève and the open road – a very racing feel that brought to mind the chrome-plated look of classic American cars.
This year, Cuervo y Sobrinos takes us still further afield with a Historiador GMT model that draws inspiration directly from the Cuban elegance and sensitivity of the 1950s. The 40 mm watch boasts a unique style featuring a cream dial on which three blue hands stand out, for home time. In the centre, a disc marked with three drops runs along a 24-hour graduated railtrack circle to display local time. The firm has imbued the timepiece with a fluid, vintage style, particularly evident in its curvaceous “III” and “IX” hour markers.
Flames and foam
Right next to it comes one of the brand’s showcase models, the Historiador Flameante – subtitled “Reserva de Marcha” for the occasion. This ultra-flat watch is powered by a manual movement and features a small seconds hand at 6 o’clock – and more particularly, a power reserve display at midday. The latter is especially distinctive in that it is displayed in a rotating disc, revealing an area in black that turns to red to show the available power reserve. The classic, all-Cuban-look Historiador is also characterised by its flame guilloché design – “Flameante” in Spanish.
Cuervo y Sobrinos has returned to the deep end of diving watches as well, with a “Robusto Manjuari 1882” model. This high-tech 43 mm watch comes on a Sellita base, with three hands and a date display that’s waterproof to a depth of 1882 feet – approximately 600 metres. The timepiece complements its older counterpart launched in 2013, which had a second time band at 6 o’clock and the ‘Manjuari’ crocodile fish – etched on the back of this one, too.
Cuban time: look, no hands
Cuervo y Sobrinos’ centrepiece for 2014 will halt more than one connoisseur in their tracks. It is mysterious by name and by nature: the Misterio. Its light-coloured dial features a rotating disc. This has three apertures, each in turn displaying the current hour. A red arrow engraved on the disc itself shows the minutes on an outer railtrack.
This kind of display is completely new in watchmaking, and allows the centre of the watch to be free from the usual hands. That’s where Cuervo y Sobrinos has placed the seconds disc. The Misterio is in a category all its own, with a completely new take on the traditional barrel shape – stretching and opening the frame outwards. The assembly comes on a brown alligator skin strap in an automatic steel version, to be made available with a cream or black dial, or in a jewelled version – featuring a case adorned with 539 diamonds totalling 3,138 carats.