Mixing its Cuban roots, that are very a lot mirrored within the design of the watches, with conventional Swiss manufacturing, Cuervo y Sobrinos is a model like no different. Heat, authentic, barely flamboyant with a typical Latino vibe, the model can’t be blamed for not being consensual. There’s a true persona to those watches, and the model’s newest fashions usually are not right here to vary that. Certainly, proper in time for summer time, Cuervo y Sobrinos has not too long ago offered a brand new assortment of aquatic fashions with a beneficiant splash of color and a design that’s nothing like your standard Submariner-wannabe. At this time, we’ll take a better have a look at this new Buceador Caribe Assortment.
Cuervo Y Sobrinos
CyS is exclusive in some ways, beginning with its origins. Certainly, it’s the solely Swiss model with Cuban roots. Established in Havana in 1882, the model was revived within the late 1990s and has carved a distinct segment with fashions that lean closely on classic design cues. The watches created by the model play on the Golden Age of La Habana, through the 1950s, when the island was an unique playground for the VIPs of the world.
The story begins in Cuba in 1862 when a Spanish immigrant, Don Ramón Cuervo, opened a jewelry and watch restore store in Havana. Twenty years later, the enterprise expanded with the incorporation of the proprietor’s nephews to turn out to be Cuervo y Sobrinos. As probably the most luxurious institution on the island and the premier Cuban luxurious model, Cuervo y Sobrinos specialised within the sale of prestigious imported timepieces and even established its personal manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1928 to maintain up with demand. By the 1950s, Havana had established itself as an opulent playground for the wealthy and well-known, and Cuervo y Sobrinos loved the belief of Rolex, Longines, Patek Philippe and different prestigious Swiss manufacturers to turn out to be their retailer. The Cuban Revolution and the rise of Fidel Castro put an finish to the partying. The Cuervo household fled Cuba; the model was nationalised in 1965 and even produced a look ahead to the Cuban military.
In 1997, Luca Musumeci and Marzio Villa revived the model and exhibited at Baselworld in 2002 with a line of retro-style watches named after Cuban cigars. In 2018, it was acquired by a crew of traders. Massimo Rossi is the CEO, and the corporate has its headquarters in Capolago, within the Swiss canton of Ticino. The unique spirit of the model – a powerful Cuban id, classic styling and Swiss craftsmanship – is undamaged.
The Cuervo y Sobrinos Buceador Caribe
Contemplating the historical past of the model and the spirit behind it, you can simply think about that when it determined to create a diver-oriented mannequin or no less than a watch made for aquatic actions and enjoyable within the solar, CyS wasn’t going to turn out to be one other Submariner or Seamaster copycat. Its sports activities watch needed to be totally different; it needed to have a sure flamboyance and a great deal of persona. And, unsurprisingly, it has all these optimistic traits. It would properly be some of the authentic and refreshing sports activities watches we’ve seen not too long ago, but additionally one which gained’t be consensual and appreciated by all. However that’s nice; Cuervo y Sobrinos doesn’t need to be consensual.
Taking a look at this new Buceador Caribe (which means Caribbean diver) assortment, you instantly really feel the model’s DNA however with a sportier and extra sturdy character than most of the watches we’ve covered on MONOCHROME, which have been a part of the elegant Historiador assortment, instantly recognisable because of their lugs. The Buceador Caribe is undeniably daring, vibrant and relatively distinctive.
Beginning with the case and the general structure of the watch, Cuervo y Sobrinos selected a container-type development relatively than a classically styled watch with an exterior bezel. Manufactured from chrome steel, with or with out DLC coating, the case encompasses a easy bezel. It measures a decent 43mm in diameter with a top of15.8mm. Permit me two feedback, nonetheless. First, there’s a extremely domed crystal on high that provides to the peak making the central case thinner than anticipated. Second, the 43mm is just not small, however the lugs are extraordinarily quick and the watch doesn’t put on that enormous on the wrist.
The design of the Buceador Caribe assortment is authentic, with a mix of a spherical bevelled and polished bezel with a central case with an octagonal profile and lugs which can be properly built-in into this form. There’s a delightful robustness to this case, each visually and likewise relating to its development. Due to the screwed caseback and crown, it has a decent 200m water-resistance.
As you’ve in all probability seen, the Cuervo y Sobrinos Buceador Caribe is provided with two crowns and a shocking pusher on the aspect of the case. The crown at 9 o’clock is used to wind to motion and to set the time; the crown at 2 o’clock is used to actuate the inside rotating bezel however works in tandem with the pushers. On compressor-style watches, both the extra crown doesn’t screw, and there’s a threat of unintentionally transferring the inner bezel, or it screws down, and that makes its use comparatively dangerous underwater. CyS’ resolution is a pusher that, as soon as pressed, permits the adjustment of the inner rotating bezel in order that the wearer can monitor the dive time.
Essentially the most authentic a part of the Buceador Caribe is the dial. First, all three choices are vibrant and recent – particularly the sunshine blue model. Every is called after the waters surrounding Cuba’s shoreline and replicate the native surroundings. There’s the cyan-coloured seas of Varadero, the pastel sands of Cayo Coco and the Coral Negro referring to the black corals of the area. All fashions share the identical base, which means daring and outsized hours and minutes arms mixed with daring markers and Arabic numerals for the hours. Furthermore, all of the dials have a dégradé impact, with the color regularly darkening on the sides of the dial to match the color of the inner bezel. A date window is positioned at 6 o’clock and framed by a metallic component recalling the form of the case.
As talked about, three variations inaugurate this assortment:
- Buceador Caribe Varadero: probably the most sea-oriented mannequin, with a stainless-steel case, a gradient blue dial with splashes of turquoise, a 15-minute timer in turquoise with yellow numerals, yellow accents for the title of the watch and the seconds hand, white markers surrounded in turquoise, a turquoise rubber strap with a yellow lining and a further darkish blue excessive gloss leather-based strap
- Buceador Caribe Cayo Coco: a extra “land” styled watch, with a stainless-steel case, a gradient gentle brown, sand-coloured dial, a dive bezel highlighted with crimson numerals to match the tip of the central seconds hand, markers outlined in black and printed with white Tremendous-LumiNova, a matte brown rubber strap with a crimson lining and a further gentle brown excessive gloss leather-based strap
- Buceador Caribe Coral Negro: the extra trendy model of the three, with a black DLC-coated chrome steel case, a black/gray gradient dial with a smoked impact, touches of crimson on the dive bezel, the seconds hand and the Buceador inscription, a matte black rubber strap with a crimson lining and a second black excessive gloss leather-based strap
Beneath the screwed caseback is a basic Swiss motion, the calibre CYS 5104, primarily based on the Peseux 224. An alternative choice to the ETA 2824, it shares virtually an identical specs, with an identical dimension (25.60mm x four.6mm), a 4Hz frequency and a 38-hour energy reserve. Nothing particular about this motion, which is able to do the job and can be straightforward to service.
There’s one thing oddly enticing to this new Cuervo y Sobrinos Buceador Caribe assortment. It appears distinctive, totally different from the gang and has a great deal of persona, which isn’t widespread within the dive watch class. Certainly, it gained’t be unanimously appreciated, however that’s at all times the aspect impact of constructing one thing daring. Personally, I actually just like the summery look of the Varadero version with its turquoise color scheme. And I’m positive the sand-coloured Cayo Coco will discover its viewers.
In a extra goal strategy, the watch is properly executed and feels stable as a rock. And the pusher/crown mixture to actuate the inside rotating bezel is a very nice contact.
Availability & Value
The three fashions within the Cuervo y Sobrinos Buceador Caribe assortment are launched as a part of the everlasting assortment and usually are not restricted in manufacturing. They’re now obtainable from the model’s web site and retailers. The metal fashions are priced at EUR 2,800 and the DLC-coated model at EUR three,000.
For extra particulars and to put an order, please go to www.cuervoysobrinos.com.