Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Day-Date Churchill Limited Edition

A Man of Discerning Taste

The Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Day-Date Churchill Limited Edition doffs its hat to the former British Prime Minister. This timepiece features a day-date display and is imbued with some delightful aesthetic touches.

Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Day-Date Churchill Limited Edition

Over the years, I have travelled around the world and stayed at some very luxurious hotels. It is surprising how many times a hotel claims to have played host to Sir Winston Churchill, the former British Prime Minister. It would appear Churchill was a man of discerning taste. As well as being partial to a fine cigar, he is reputed to have stayed at, amongst others, the Hotel Formentor, Majorca and the delightful Reid’s Palace in Madeira.

Churchill was also partial to visiting the Pearl of the Caribbean, Cuba. it is believed he visited the Cuervo y Sobrinos Boutique, the prestigious jewellery shop on the island, joining an impressive list of luminaries such as Einstein, Gable and Hemingway, who are also known to have frequented the shop.

Today, Cuervo y Sobrinos choose to celebrate one of its most famous patrons with the release of a limited edition timepiece, the Robusto Day-Date Churchill.

The dial

The blued hour and minute hands wonderfully coalesce with the blue ornate Arabic numerals. Each  numeral, denoting each hour, is elaborate, avec serifs and imbued with a dose of nostalgia. This latter trait is unsurprising based on the fact that the timepiece references Churchill.

Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Day-Date Churchill Limited Edition

The dial is white lacquer with an intentional ‘craquelé’ pattern, granting the timepiece with an aged appearance.

At 3 o’clock, a date aperture reveals black numerals on a white date disc. Although the numerals appear rather small they are surprisingly simple to read. Positioned below noon is a day display, arcing gracefully between 11 and 1 o’clock. The text has sufficient space to breathe, augmenting ease of read off.

Completing the inventory of functions is a central sweep seconds hand, again delivered in a sumptuous shade of blue.

The brand’s logo is presented in silver tone and applied to the dial surface, according a wonderful three-dimensional quality. The maison’s nomen and year of foundation are delivered in blue text between 10 and 2 o’clock.

Cuervo y Sobrinos has imbued the dial of this watch with a magnificent, aged appearance. Nevertheless, despite brimming with style, the timepiece remains a highly practical ownership proposition, courtesy of its very readable dial display.

The case

The 43mm stainless steel and titanium case is of modular construction.

Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Day-Date Churchill Limited Edition

The upper case consists of a highly polished bezel and inner lug surfaces. The titanium case-band partly shrouds the upper case and extends to the lugs which grants them a stepped appearance. This latter component appears satin-finished and darker than the adjacent highly polished surfaces. Lastly, the case-back is affixed with four screws and features a pane of sapphire crystal. By blending the finishes of the three case components, Cuervo y Sobrinos has bestowed the timepiece with a fascinating aesthetic appearance.

Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Day-Date Churchill Limited Edition

While the case-band is relatively straight, the lugs sharply taper downwards, causing the strap to readily encircle the wrist with a comfortable embrace. Moreover, this design feature, along with the aforementioned case diameter of 43mm, ensures widespread suitability for all wrists, save for the most diminutive.

The crown design is fascinating. A hinged lever easily opens, allowing the watch to be wound and adjusted. The design of this lever affords a very neat appearance, tidily hugging the case-band when it is in the closed position.

Despite the watch measuring 12.45mm in height, it feels much slimmer and certainly does not appear unduly bulky.

The watch is supplied with a luxurious blue alligator strap paired with a steel folding buckle.

The movement

A self-winding Sellita SW240 with a personalised oscillating mass and blued screws feature within this timepiece.

Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Day-Date Churchill Limited Edition

The balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 26 jewels. The power reserve of the movement is sufficient to deliver 38 hours of autonomy.

Closing remarks

The Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Day-Date Churchill Limited Edition is rich with character. It exudes much style, but not at the expense of legibility. Indeed, the dial is a paragon of lucidity.

The case is of complex construction, but the result justifies the effort expended by Cuervo y Sobrinos. The mixture of titanium and highly polished steel is truly beautiful. Furthermore, the twin elements to the lugs bestows the watch with a very unique appearance.

Clearly Churchill was a man of judicious taste and this timepiece provides a fitting metaphor for his discernment. It is handsome and suffused with a plethora of retro details. However, style does not usurp practicality, making this a highly suitable watch for daily wear.

Technical specification

  • Model: Cuervo y Sobrinos Robusto Day-Date Churchill Limited Edition
  • Ref: 2810.1C17
  • Case: Stainless steel and titanium; diameter 43mm; height 12.45mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; day; date
  • Movement: SW240, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 26 jewels; power reserve 38 hours.
  • Strap: Blue Louisiana alligator strap with steel folding buckle
  • Price: CHF 3,500 (RRP as at 12.4.2017) – strap / CHF 3,900 – bracelet version

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Angus Davies

Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.