Hands-On: Angus Davies gets hands-on with the Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequenos Segundos.
This detailed review of the Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequenos Segundos includes live images, specification details and pricing.
Cuervo y Sobrinos was founded in 1882. It was established in Havana, Cuba and soon gained an enviable reputation for retailing fine jewellery and watches. Later, the company established offices in Europe including La Chaux-de-Fonds, arguably the epicentre of watchmaking.
Over the years, the brand has increasingly focussed its operations in Switzerland, manufacturing watches in this land-locked country, whilst retaining a distinctive Latin character. In true Latin style most timepieces from this company exude a high degree of flamboyance and effervesce with life. However, I recently happened upon a Cuervo y Sobrinos which exhibits a less vocal persona and quietly captivates onlookers with its subtle details and graceful mien.
The Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequeños Segundos is not festooned with gems or equipped with a myriad of complications, everything is simple. Hours, minutes, small seconds and date complete the inventory of functions and bestow the dial with a clean, uncluttered appearance.
With the merest glance, one can readily discern that this watch has been inspired by the 1950s. Moreover, the box glass sapphire crystal reinforces this belief.
The hour and minute hands feature smatterings of luminescent treatment. While the hour hand does not look unduly long, the minute hand is elongated and evinces a lithesome grace. Each hour is characterised with an applied, svelte baton, save for 6 o’clock where a lone Arabic numeral sits and noon where the brand’s logo resides. These two idiosyncratic deviations from the predictable confer interest without detracting from the notably clean aesthetics.
Adjacent each hour marker is a circlet of luminescent treatment, gleaming brightly in dim light.
At 3 o’clock, the date is presented in black text against a cream background, while the dial has a silvery-white appearance.
Located in the southern hemisphere of the dial is a small seconds display, presented on a sunken subdial free of snailing. Its clean appearance is congruent with the rest of the dial, revealing a quiet, unassuming character.
Where the dial of this watch excels is that it is simple to read while brimming with style.
The 40mm case diameter upholds the introverted character of this watch. Indeed, this is not a watch that loudly screams or boastfully shouts, it is restrained and dignified at all times. The case dimensions will suit most wrists courtesy of the neutral sizing.
The case is formed of stainless steel. Its pigment-free appearance sits harmoniously with the dial and does not garner looks in the way pink or yellow gold would. This is a watch ideally suited to the shy and retiring.
Wherever you choose to look you will discover wonderful episodes of style. The lugs do not merely continue the line of the case-band but emanate from the sides of the case and adopt a unique trajectory all of their own. They stand away from the case and appear segmented.
The dorsal plane of the watch features an exhibition case-back, allowing sight of the self-winding movement within.
A brown alligator leather strap is supplied with the Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequeños Segundos, tastefully complementing the watch and its glorious silvery-white dial.
The Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequeños Segundos features the Calibre 5157 which is based on the Sellita SW 260-1. The Swiss watch brand has tailored the movement with the fitment of its own personalised rotor. There is some circular graining on the central bridge.
The balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 31 jewels. The power reserve is a stated 38 hours.
Cuba is synonymous with dance, fun and flamboyance. The country has a decadent past and has played host to ‘the great and the good’. Cuervo y Sobrinos has imbued many of its watches with this inimitable Latin style. The various models it makes overflow with vibrancy and passion. However, the Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequeños Segundos is different.
The Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequeños Segundos harnesses the classical styling of the 1950s and refracts this through a prism of understatement and softly spoken detail. The dial is etched with small flourishes of style but without compromising the excellent clarity of the dial.
The case measures a mere 40mm in diameter making it ideal for legions of would-be wearers. It affords a comfortable fit, courtesy of its ingeniously designed lugs and looks sublime thanks to its captivating contours.
Perhaps, most surprisingly, this timepiece delivers an array of virtues for the comparatively modest sum of £2465 (RRP as at 3.1.2018).
Model: Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Pequeños Segundos
Case: stainless steel; diameter 41.00mm; height 11.15mm; sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date.
Movement: Calibre CYS 5157 (SW 260-1), Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz), 31 jewels; power reserve 38 hours
Strap: Brown alligator strap.
Price: £2,465 (RRP as at 3.1.2018)
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.