Luxury Swiss watch brand Cuervo y Sobrinos unveils the Robusto Churchill ‘Sir Winston’, a limited-edition model endowed with an eye-catching petrol blue guilloche dial. This new creation follows the highly successful Robusto Churchill ‘Yalta Edition’ timepiece launched in 2020.
Limited to 100 pieces per variant, the ‘Sir Winston’ watch is delivered with a dark blue high-gloss Louisiana alligator strap and a stainless steel and titanium bracelet. Other specification highlights include an innovative crown design, 3-part modular case construction and a Swiss automatic movement.
Churchill first visited Cuba in 1895 aged just 21. As young officer in the 4th Hussars, based in London, he was keen to take part in military action. He decided to join the Spanish Army and fight against Cuban forces in what became known as the ‘Cuban War of Independence’ (1895 – 1898). Having trekked to Arroyo Blanco, some 400km east of Havana, he faced enemy fire. His first taste of Cuba lasted only a few weeks, but it would not be the last time that he would visit the sun-kissed Caribbean island.
In the early part of 1946, clearly exhausted after undertaking his onerous role in the Second World War, Churchill travelled across the Atlantic Ocean at the invitation of President Truman. He lobbied America for a reconstruction loan for his home nation and made a series of speeches, but he also spent time seeing old friends, painting and swimming. Most notably, he took the opportunity to visit Cuba for a second time, albeit on this occasion as an elder statesman.
President Truman offered Churchill the use of a US plane, something he accepted. He travelled with his wife, Clementine, from Florida to Havana and stayed at the prestigious Hotel Nacional. While on the island, he visited the Cuervo y Sobrinos 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 new Churchill-inspired, limited-edition model.
Silver-toned, facetted 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, presented in petrol blue, 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 a neat track that frames the dial, augmenting readability.
The Robusto Churchill ‘Sir Winston’ is housed in a 43mm stainless steel and titanium 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 on the wearer’s wrist. The Robusto Churchill ‘Sir Winston’ is endowed with a see-through case back, featuring a quote from the great man, ‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference’.
At the heart of this elegant watch is a Swiss automatic movement, the CYS 5105 calibre. The watch is delivered with a dark blue high-gloss Louisiana alligator strap and a stainless steel and titanium bracelet.
The Robusto Churchill ‘Sir Winston’ is limited to just 100 pieces.
Model Name: Churchill ‘Sir Winston’
Diameter 29 mm
Height 5.15 mm
Power reserve 44 hours
Frequency: 28,800 A/h
Finished oscillating weight with engraving
Hours, minutes, centre seconds and day date
Stainless steel case and titanium
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
Petrol blue “Clou de Paris” guilloché dial, silver applied indices, applied CyS emblem
Hands Stainless steel hands, hours and minutes with Superluminova
Dark blue high-gloss Louisiana alligator and stainless steel and titanium bracelet
Buckle: Stainless steel folding buckle, engraved CyS emblem
100 pieces in each version