Yesterday South Australia started a COVID-19 lockdown period due to a recent outbreak. Fortunately, the weather is very good and hopefully, these drastic measures will avoid the situation that occurred in neighbouring state Victoria. It is also a good opportunity to write some articles about some beautiful watches. That is why I was delighted to receive a press release from Cuervo y Sobrinos introducing their Historiador Landeron. Technically, this is a new model for the brand that takes inspiration from the past.
A few months I had a conversation with Cuervo y Sobrinos head of marketing Jeremy Degryse. He informed me that the brand would be unveiling a very special watch in November. Effectively, the Historiador Landeron is a reinterpretation of a classic that dates back to 1946. This was an era when Cuervo y Sobrinos sold its own watch and jewellery. They also collaborated with brands like by Longines, Patek Philippe and Rolex. In fact, the dials were engraved with the text ‘unicos importadores’ (only importers) to denote the prestige of these pieces. That is why Cuervo y Sobrinos has decided to replicate this historic text on the Historiador Landeron.
The Historiador Landeron is available in two models referenced as the 3146.1W and 3146.1N. Both variants share the same 40mm diameter polished steel case. These classical proportions are faithful to the original model, which would have been worn by discerning gentleman. However, in today’s market, these dimensions would now be considered small by comparison. Therefore, this stylish timepiece would potentially appeal to a broader demographic including the unisex sector. Certainly, in my opinion, this watch would look great with formal attire.
Visually both Historiador Landeron models have a completely different aesthetic. The 3146.1W has a solid white dial with black indexes and blue tachymeter. Whereas the 3146.1N has a black dial with gold accents, silver Chrono counters and blue hour/minute hands. In my opinion, the latter is much more distinctive because of the contrasting tones. However, I will concede both variants are very attractive and will appeal to different buyers.
To power, the watch Cuervo y Sobrinos has opted to use a restored vintage movement. The Landeron 248 comprises 17-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour. This bi-compax chronograph mechanism has smaller bridges than modern alternatives. Therefore the wheels and levers are perfectly showcased via the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. Functionally the Historiador Landeron features hours, minutes, small seconds, tachymeter and chronograph facility. The watch also has a power reserve of 41-hours and is water-resistant to a depth of 50-metres.
The Historiador Landeron is limited to 100-pieces, priced at 4,650.00 CHF and is presented on a Louisiana alligator (gloss blue or matt black) strap with stainless steel folding buckle (engraved CyS emblem).
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