Cuervo Y Sobrinos Robusto Manjuari
Cuervo Y Sobrinos proudly proclaims itself to be ‘Swiss Made with Latin Soul’. The brand was formed in Havana, Cuba in 1882; making it one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world. In a totally latin style, Cuervo Y Sobrinos has pushed the envelope with their impeccable designs and flair for the innovative advances in horology. The brand has named some of its collections for names of gauges of cigars – a product that has made Cuba world renowned.
The Manjuari comes from the Robusto series. Robusto speaks to thick, hefty cigars. The Manjuari is made with similar attributes. The case of this watch is crafted in solid stainless steel and titanium, titanium on the bezel, and polished steel on the middle case. The case measures in at 43mm for the diameter, and rides relatively high on the wrist with a case height of 14.95mm.
The case is modular in its construction comprising of 4 main parts: the titanium bezel, the white ring rubber with “Cuervo Y Sobrinos” in relief, the middle case made of steel, and the screw in case back. The case back features a depiction of the Manjuari fish which is indigenous to Cuba.The main crown is also screw locked which maintains the exceptional water resistance of 60 ATM or 1882 feet –a nod to the year of the brand’s opening. 1882 is also engraved on the middle case at nine o’clock. This watch uses sapphire crystal for the dial window which is glare proofed on both sides optimizing legibility. The bezel also carries a graduated scale for the measurement of elapsed time.
The dial is black and features a ‘Clous de Paris’ guilloche backdrop. The hour markers are rendered in indexes, with the exception of 12 o’clock as the logo of the brand. The hands are skeletonized and sword shaped with triangles coated in Super-LumiNova for nighttime readability. The secomds are displayed via a central hand with a red tip. The GMT register sits at the 6 position with a similar set up for the indicators. Completing the dial is a large double date window just below the 12 position.
Powering this watch is a precise Swiss made self-winding movement caliber TT651, which is a modified ETA 2892-A2. This movement carries a power reserve of 42 hours and is fitted with 21 jewels. The oscillating mass is decorated with an engraving of ‘CyS’ and a fan motif. The balance wheel on this model beats at a constant 28,800 VpH or 3Hz. The blue rubber strap features the year 1882 in perforations and red contrast saddle stitching adding to the character of this handsome timepiece. The buckle on the Manjuari from Cuervo Y Sobrinos is forged from stainless steel and also carries the engraving ‘CyS’.