In case you are a fan of colourful and sculpted watches as a lot as you might be of motorsports, the Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Gran Premio De Cuba 1957 watch would possibly simply hit it house for you. Higher nonetheless, it’s not nearly a race that occurred effectively over half a century in the past; it’s additionally about what impressed colours and restrained storytelling can add to a watch.
The inaugural Cuban Grand Prix, the Gran Premio de Cuba, was held in 1957 and threaded its approach via the avenues and vibrant esplanade of Malecón, north of Havana. Right here’s how the model presents the occasion: “The unique backdrop of Havana made the race a captivating spectacle and, regardless of the political challenges — like celebrity driver Juan Manuel Fangio being kidnapped by revolutionaries in 1958 and the 1959 race being canceled altogether as a result of political instability — and the tragic loss of life of a number of spectators, many motor racing lovers nonetheless speak of the race with a lot affection.” Now, Cuervo y Sobrinos honors the Gran Premio de Cuba with a limited-edition chronograph bearing the identify and date of the legendary race’s first version.
Each element of the Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Gran Premio De Cuba 1957 radiates with a singular mix of Fifties watchmaking, motor racing, and Cuban inspirations. The ties between “racing purple” and motorsport require little rationalization for the audience of such a watch, however the ease with which it blends with a saturated cream coloration is as stunning as it’s refreshing. Different “quick colours,” equivalent to vibrant blue, yellow, and orange are to be picked up from the tachymeter scale. Talking of which, this would possibly simply be the primary time we see that scale labeled as “TAQUIMETRO,” which, I need to say, I’m totally besotted with. There’s additionally a “TELEMETRO” scale in creme slightly below.
The front-ish view of the Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Gran Premio De Cuba 1957 would possibly remind one of many Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa and Tonda watches of the earlier decade — much less so of the brand new Tonda PF watches — with its drop-shaped lugs and fantastically proportioned spherical case, bezel, and dial. It’s a view taken extra from the aspect that reveals one of many fundamental causes for the variations: The lugs and case seem somewhat thick and ponderous when in comparison with these on the — thoughts you, far more costly — Parmigiani. The Cuervo Y Sobrinos is powered by CYS 8099 caliber the model claims relies on the Valjoux 7753. The principle distinction between the 7750 and the 7753 lies within the format of the subdials and that the 7753 adjusts its date not by way of the crown however a 3rd pusher on the left aspect of the case.
This self-winding chronograph motion is famend for its reliability and comparatively low price as a lot as it’s for its beefy dimension — the motion’s 7.9mm thickness definitely exhibits from a profile view. Nonetheless, this Historiador chronograph is as skinny as watches geared up with this form of motion are inclined to get. Whereas most normally measure 14-15mm-thick, or extra, right here, the packaging is simply 12mm-thick. If true, then it will yield a tangible distinction in day-to-day carrying consolation. The motion is roofed by a adorned caseback that marks the 162-piece limitation, impressed by the 162-mile race distance of the Gran Premio 1957 de Cuba.
On the wrist, the 42mm-wide Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Gran Premio De Cuba 1957 (reference 3142.1GP.57) seems somewhat massive, due to the vast and lengthy lugs, however maintains a chic presence via the well-judged proportions of the case, bezel, flange rings, and dial. Little particulars just like the crown guard unusually positioned above the crown, the massive, black-and-creme Arabic hour markers, and the racing-style strap with purple stitching and punched holes assist full the motorsport-inspired image.
Worth for the Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Gran Premio De Cuba 1957 is 3,700 Swiss Francs. You can study extra in regards to the model’s web site.