In 2020, Swiss luxury watch brand Cuervo y Sobrinos created a limited-edition model, the Robusto Churchill, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Yalta conference and, in particular, the close relationship between two great nations, the UK and the US. The Robusto Churchill features a guilloché dial, innovative crown design, 3-part modular case construction and a Swiss automatic movement. Limited to just 500 pieces, scarcity is assured.
In February 1945, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met near Yalta in Crimea. Over a number of days, the three leaders, often termed the ‘Big Three’, discussed the future of a post-war Europe. It was agreed that post-war Germany would be demilitarised and divided into four post-war occupation zones controlled by France, the UK, the US and the Soviet Union.
A consequence of the conference was that some borders would eventually be redrawn. Moreover, the citizens of some nation states would ultimately benefit from free elections and self-determination while, sadly, others would be denied such democratic privileges. It is now the 75th anniversary of the Yalta conference and the world is now a very different place.
The Swiss Manufacture with Cuban heritage, celebrates this momentous period in 20th century history with the release of a new limited-edition watch, the Robusto Churchill.
Cuervo y Sobrinos was known to the former British Prime Minister. When he travelled to Havana in 1946, he visited the luxury marque’s boutique. It is obvious that many Cubans were delighted to see Churchill during his time on the island. Likewise, Churchill seemed to enjoy his time in Cuba, especially when smoking his favourite Havana cigars. Indeed, when the former Prime Minister received a gift of 500 Romeo y Julieta cigars, his favourite brand of cigars, he was reportedly delighted. The name Robusto is used to describe a short and ‘robust’ cigar, making it an apt moniker for this Churchill-inspired, limited-edition model.
Plump, silver-toned hour and minute hands collaborate with prominent hour markers, conveying the prevailing time in a highly legible form. The hour markers comprise of faceted, triangular indexes for even values and elaborately-shaped Arabic numerals for odd-numbered values. A slither of Super-LumiNova adorns the hands, aiding legibility in restricted light.
The guilloché dial features a Clous de Paris motif, resembling a series of woven arc-shaped lines. Located above 6 o’clock, two apertures, positioned one above the other, display the day and date succinctly. A central sweep seconds hand integrates with the neat track framing the dial, augmenting readability.
The Robusto Churchill is housed in a 43mm stainless steel case. It employs a 3-part modular construction technique and comprises of a central body, lateral sides and case back. This allows highly polished and satin finished surfaces to sit in close proximity, bestowing the case with an abundance of eye-appeal.
A hinged lever, positioned at 3 o’clock, serves as a crown. Its unusual design imbues the watch with a near-symmetrical profile while preventing any impingement of the wearer’s wrist. The Robusto Churchill is endowed with a see-through case back, featuring a depiction of Churchill and Roosevelt together.
At the heart of this elegant watch is a Swiss automatic movement, the CYS 5206 calibre. The watch is supplied on a caiman leather strap paired with a stainless steel folding buckle, engraved with the CyS emblem.
The Robusto Churchill is limited to just 500 pieces, a reference to the aforementioned gift of Romeo y Julieta cigars given to the legendary statesman.
This stylish model pays tribute to Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill and his friend, and ally, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Their joint endeavours quashed what seemed at times to be an unsurmountable enemy. As the British prime minister once said about his dear departed friend, “In FDR there died the greatest American friend we have ever known”.
Model Name: Churchill
References: 21810.1Y / 2810.1YG / 2810B.1Y
CYS 5206 automatic
Diameter: 29 mm
Height: 5.05 mm
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 28800 A/h
Oscillating weight with engraving
Hours, minutes, seconds, date and day date
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 12.45 mm
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistant to 10 ATM
Screwed see-through case back with sapphire crystal
Silver “Clou de Paris” guilloché dial, silver applied indices, applied CyS emblem / Silver “Clou de Paris” guilloché dial, 4N gold color applied indices, applied CyS emblem
Hands Stainless steel hands, hours and minutes with Superluminova / 4N gold color stainless steel hands
Gold shiny cayman / Metal shiny stainless steel
Buckle: Stainless steel folding buckle, engraved CyS emblem