The origins of Cuervo y Sobriños can be traced back to the 19Th A century in which Ramón Fernández Cuervo established a jewelry business in Havana. Cuervo y Sobrinos’ (Cuervo & Nephews) business flourished over the decades, especially in the roaring 1950s when Cuba catered to luxury jet-setters. After the revolution, the brand went dormant until it was revived in 1997… When thinking of Ernest Hemingway, Cuba inevitably comes to mind; The renowned American author, novelist and journalist worked on seven books between 1939 and 1960 at his Cuban home, Finca Vizia. The Old Man and the Sea. So, it’s no surprise that Cuervo y Sobrino pays homage to Hemingway today with limited-edition watches (the first officially licensed Hemingway watches) inspired by his love affairs with Cuba and the former glory of 1950s Havana.
To pay tribute to Hemingway, Cuervo y Sobrino chose his signature collection, Historiader. This model exudes a vintage feel, especially with its downward-sloping claw lugs and its curved sapphire crystal. Made of polished steel, it features a side plate (in steel or gold for the model’s black and brown dial versions) engraved with an individual limited-edition number. At 40mm in diameter and 11.75mm in height, the watch wears comfortably on most wrists, the lugs are very ergonomic. The caseback is secured by four screws and engraved with the word Hemingway forming a large H.
Presented in warm vintage tones, the dial of the four different limited edition models is available in four different colors: cream, brown, black and silver. These are very clear with Arabic numerals rendered in positive relief and are paired with sword-shaped hands filled with luminescent material. Both the minute track numbers and the title ‘Ernest Hemingway’ are printed in red. The brand’s coat of arms is applied at noon. At the edge of the dial, the inner bezel is discreetly engraved with Hemingway’s quote: “To write about life, you must first live it.”
The automatic CyS 5121 caliber powers the Historiador Hemingway. Based on the ubiquitous Sellita SW200-1, it runs at 28,800 vibrations/hour and has a power reserve of 38 hours when fully wound. It measures 25.60mm in diameter and 4.60mm thick and has 26 jewels.
The watch is worn on an elegant brown calfskin strap stamped with Hemingway’s signature. It is attached to the case with quick-release spring bars. Safety folding clasp cover features Cuervo y Sobrino crest.
Price starts from CHF 2,500 For the cream dial version and CHF 3,000 For the brown dial version we have for review. Both are limited editions of 140 pieces and are delivered in a box that can be used as a humidor. The 30 two-watch silver and black dial set retails in a beautiful leather travel humidor case (with 2 additional black straps). CHF 6,000.
For more information, please visit www.cuervoysobrinos.com.