This special edition collection from Swiss luxury watch brand Cuervo y Sobrinos celebrates 500th anniversary of the official founding of Havana.
The discovery of Cuba by Christopher Columbus in 1492 was the prelude for the official founding of Havana by Diego Velásquez de Cuéllar in 1519. Originally called Habana, the city marked its 500th anniversary in 2019.
Cuervo y Sobrinos was established in 1882 having deep roots in Havana. The Cuervo family started by importing Swiss watches before developing their own Swiss made collections, which became must have stylish timepieces. Famous luminaries of the 20th century visited the Cuervos y Sobrinos Havana boutique included the likes of Hemingway, Churchill, Pablo Neruda, Einstein and Caruso.
Havana today has been described by some as the ‘Rome of the Caribbean’ and it remains one of the most picturesque cities in the world. Its history, beauty, classicism and charm are inescapably Latin. The walls of Havana seep with stories and the streets are populated by people that are well educated, passionate and full of life.
To celebrate this great 500th anniversary in 2019, Cuervo y Sobrinos launched a limited edition of its classic Historiador range, the Historiador 1519 which is rich in symbolism. It boasts a GMT dial which allows the wearer to tell the time in two different time zones symbolizing the New and Old Worlds and the two cultures coming together. It also features a key which can be found on the flag of Havana. This again alludes to the Europeans unlocking and discovering the New World in the 15th Century.
The back of the watch also carries other specific symbols. The three castles (The Fuerza, The Morro and the Punta Castles) that make up the Havana flag. The city’s historical defense can be admired through special colored printing on the oscillating weight.
The Historiador 1519 comes in stainless steel with a blue dial (inspired by the blue on the Havana flag) and the typical warm, Latin champagne-cream dial typical of the brand. The stainless-steel version is limited to 500 pieces.
To celebrate the 500th anniversary in style, the brand headquartered in the Swiss Jura mountains, also proposes a limited edition of 20 pieces in 18 carat gold, with a timeless, classic silver dial.
At the center of the dial the chronograph also features an elegant art deco design and hallmark. This is a design style that is also found in the upmarket Cuervos of the 1950’s and very much sought after by collectors that are in the know.
Model Name: 1519
References: 3196.1CH / 3196.1BL / 3196.9A
Diameter: 25.6 mm
Height: 4.1 mm
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 28800 A/h
oscillating weight with the decoration of the 3 castles that make up the Havana flag
Hours, minutes, central seconds, date, second time zone with 24 hours, universal hour indicator with disc
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 9.9 mm
Doubled curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistant to 3 ATM
Screwed see-through case back with sapphire crystal
Champagne, blue and silver, central art déco inspired guilloche dial, second time zone indication in key shape and CyS emblem with red Superluminova applied
Hands: Breguet hours and minutes hands, baton central seconds hands
Buckle: stainless steel folding buckle, engraved CyS emblem
Limited edition of 500 pieces in stainless steel and 20 pieces in 18 ct Rose gold