The roots of Cuervo y Sobrinos can be traced back to the 19th century when Ramón Fernández Cuervo established a jewellery business in Havana. Cuervo y Sobrinos’ (Cuervo & Nephews) business thrived for decades, particularly in the roaring 1950s when Cuba catered to the rich jet-setters seeking luxury. After the revolution, the brand became dormant until it was revived in 1997… When thinking about Ernest Hemingway, Cuba inevitably comes to mind; the acclaimed American writer, novelist and journalist worked on seven books in his Cuban home, Finca Vigía, between 1939 and 1960, including The Old man and the Sea. So, it will be no surprise that Cuervo y Sobrino today pays tribute to Hemingway with limited-edition watches (the first officially licensed Hemingway watches) inspired by his love affair with Cuba and the bygone flamboyance of the 1950s Havana.
To pay tribute to Hemingway, Cuervo y Sobrino elected its signature collection, the Historiador. This model exudes a vintage feel, in particular with its claw lugs arcing downwards and its curved sapphire crystal. Made of polished steel, it features a side plate (in steel or in gold for the black and brown dial versions of the model) engraved with the individual limited-edition number. 40mm in diameter and 11.75mm in height, the watch will wear comfortably on most wrists, all the more as the lugs are quite ergonomic. The caseback is secured by four screws and engraved with the word Hemingway and a marlin forming a large H. Courtesy of the screw-down crown, the water-resistance is rated at 100m.
Presented in warm vintage tones, the dial of the four different limited edition models is available in four different colours: cream, brown, black and silver. These are quite legible with Arabic numerals rendered in positive relief, and paired with sword-shaped hands that are also filled with luminescent material. Both the minute track numerals and the ‘Ernest Hemingway’ caption are printed in red. The brand’s coat of arms is applied at noon. At the periphery of the dial, the inner bezel is discreetly engraved with Hemingway’s quote: “In order to write about life first you must live it.”
The automatic CyS 5121 calibre powers the Historiador Hemingway. Based on the ubiquitous Sellita SW200-1, it is a precise, tried-and-tested movement running at 28,800 vibrations/hour and boasting 38 hours of power reserve when fully wound. It measures 25.60mm in diameter and 4.60mm in thickness, and features 26 jewels.
The watch is worn on an elegant brown calfskin strap whose lining is stamped with Hemingway’s signature. It is affixed to the case with quick-release spring bars. The safety folding clasp cover features the Cuervo y Sobrino crest.
Price starts from CHF 2,500 for the cream dial version and CHF 3,000 for the brown dial version that we had for review. Both are limited editions of 140 pieces each and delivered in a box that can be used as a humidor. There are also 30 two-watch silver and black dial sets presented in a beautiful leather travel humidor case (with 2 additional black straps) that retail for CHF 6,000.
For more information, please visit www.cuervoysobrinos.com.