Cuervo y Sobrinos was founded in 1882 by Cuervo and his nephews. This group of remarkable entrepreneurs and highly skilled goldsmiths originated from Asturias, a region in northwest Spain. The Historiador Asturias honours those courageous emigrants who, in the 19th century, sailed to the Americas in the pursuit of fortune. Cuba proved a popular choice for the intrepid Asturians, eager to discover a new world and make a better life.
Asturias is a principality located in northwest Spain. Ramón Fernández Cuervo an immigrant from Pravia, a town in Asturias, established a jewellery store in Havanain 1862. Many of the Asturians were entrepreneurial and some returned to their home in northwest Spain as wealthy individuals, however, Ramon remained in Cuba and when his business was on a sound footing, he invited many of his family members to join him in Havana.
Later, in 1882, Don Ramón established a new company with his nephews (sobrinos), the aptly named ‘Cuervo y Sobrinos’. The extraordinary business acumen of Don Ramón and his family proved instrumental to their success. Over subsequent years, the firm repeatedly moved to larger premises and also became a jewellery wholesaler. The company was held in high esteem. Indeed, several watch brands chose to apply the retailer’s name to their products. Such companies included Longines, Patek Philippe and Rolex.
During the 1920s, Cuervo y Sobrinos opened offices in Paris and Pforzheim. In 1928, the company also opened a watch workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Over the years, Cuervo y Sobrinos has witnessed much change, but its success can be traced back to one man, Cuervo, an immigrant from Asturias.
The Historiador Asturias watch collection honours the Cuervo family birthplace. These new watches join the Historiador collection, a range of classical models that celebrate the history and traditions of Cuba.
History has always been at the heart of the Cuervo y Sobrinos brand. In 2009, Cuervo y Sobrinos reopened its Havana boutique. Dr Eusebio Leal Spengler, Havana’s official Historian, proved instrumental to the restoration of the boutique as well as many other glorious buildings within the capital city.
Cuervo y Sobrinos chose to recognise Dr Leal’s contribution to Havana’s architectural renaissance by naming its classical collection of watches Historiador (Historian).
The Historiador Asturias perpetuates the company’s passion for history. Offered in four variants, each option features a dial that exhibits a slightly mysterious, smoky appearance. The dial transitions from mid-tones at its centre to deep shades near the perimeter. Prospective wearers can choose from one of four dial colours, namely, Agua Blue, British Green, Negroni Red or Tropical Tobacco.
The new Asturias models have a price of approximately € 2000 (retail), a figure which reflects the company’s recent strategic decision to reposition itself more aggressively within the € 2000 and € 3000 (retail) price segment.
Graceful Lozangé-style hands collaborate with applied baton-style indexes, presenting the prevailing time in a highly intelligible format. A rectangular date aperture, positioned at 6 o’clock, reveals white numerals atop a black disc. Other details include a lithe central seconds hand and an applied CyS emblem positioned at 12 o’clock.
Cuervo y Sobrinos has equipped the Historiador Asturias with the CyS 5104 calibre, an automatic Swiss movement based on the Peseaux 224. The oscillating weight is decorated with Côtes de Genève and features the brand’s emblem.
When designing the Historiador Asturias, Cuervo y Sobrinos delved into its vast archives and took inspiration from some of its former models produced in the 1940s. The resultant case design echoes the styling of this era, but also subscribes to modern tastes with its generous diameter of 40mm.
The steel case is highly polished, accentuating its gently arcing contours. The elongated lugs project from the case, resulting in the watch sitting squarely and comfortably upon the wrist. The model features a double curved sapphire crystal enticing light to flood the dial surface, thereby augmenting readability.
The Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Asturias celebrates Cuervo, the founder of the company, his nephews and the many citizens from Asturias who chose to make Cuba their home. Collectively, these individuals have enriched Cuban society and helped make it what it is today.
Recently, the Historiador Asturias was officially unveiled at an event in the Sanchez Vallina Joyeros jewellery store, located in the town of Oviedo in Asturia. The Sanchez Vallina Joyeros jewellery store was founded in the late 1960s by Nicolás Sánchez. During the 1970s, the business moved to premises located on Asturias Street. Today, it is located on Gil de Jaz Street in Oviedo, one of the most important commercial areas of the town.
Model Name: Asturias
CYS 5104, base Peseux 224 automatic
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 28800 A/h
Oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève decoration, transferred logo
Hours, minutes, centre seconds and date
Double curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Water resistant to 3 ATM
Screwed see-through case back with sapphire crystal
3195.1ASB: Agua blue smoked dial. The date features white numerals on a black disc. An applied CyS logo is positioned at 12 o’clock.
3195.1ASR: Negroni red smoked dial. The date features white numerals on a black disc. An applied CyS logo is positioned at 12 o’clock.
3195.1AST: Tropical tobacco smoked dial. The date features white numerals on a black disc. An applied CyS logo is positioned at 12 o’clock.
3195.1ASV: British green smoked dial. The date features white numerals on a black disc. An applied CyS logo is positioned at 12 o’clock.
Losangé hour and minute hands
Centre seconds hand with counterweight
3195.1ASB: Dark Blue matte Cordoban Leather
3195.1ASR: Dark Red matte Cordoban Leather
3195.1AST: Tobacco matte Cordoban Leather
3195.1ASV: Dark Green matte Cordoban Leather
Stainless steel folding buckle featuring an open-worked CyS-branded clasp