Buceador Caribe by Cuervo y Sobrinos

I love all my children the same, but differently. Same goes for my favorite watch brands. Sinn’s humorless dedication to tool watch indestructibility floats my boat. Grand Seiko flicks my Bic because they’re perfect. Cuervo y Sobrinos earns my admiration with their combination of minimalism, dial texture and, most of all, color. Not all of their watches hew (hue?) to that description, but the new Buceador Caribe does. That said, one of these things is not like the other . . .

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Cuervo Y Sobrinos Cádiz F.C.

The Cuervo y Sobrinos Cádiz F.C. celebrates the Spanish football club’s promotion to Division One. In case you’re not familiar with the club’s history, its fortunes look like a sine wave. In case you’re not familiar with sine waves, Cadiz F.C. has been on a roller coaster ride of promotions and relegations since its formation in 1935. The same could be said for Cuervo Y Sobrinos . . .

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Cuervo Y Sobrinos Churchill Yalta Edition

The Cuervo Y Sobrinos watch brand was born in Cuba. Winston Churchill smoked Cuban cigars. At the 1945 Yalta conference, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin carved-up Post-War Europe. Hence the Cuervo Y Sobrinos Robusto Churchill Yalta Edition. Now that’s what I’d call a tenuous connection. Made bizarre by the fact that . . .

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Cuervo Y Sobrinos Explained

Check out The Goodbye Look by Donald Fagan. It’s a catchy little tune about the Cuban Revolution set to the sound of samba. Cuervo Y Sobrinos watches have that same strange dichotomy. “We’ve got Latin soul and a Swiss heart,” MD Massimo Rossi tells me. “Or a Swiss soul and a Latin heart.” Huh?

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Historiador GMT by Cuervos Y Sobrinos

Does a watch reflect the culture of its founders? Cuervos Y Sobrinos’ Swiss owners certainly think so. They claim the resurrected Cuban watch brand invokes “Latin glamour, hedonism, luxury, cigar smoke filled casinos, elegance and exoticism.” That’s a lot of partying for the Historiador GMT to carry on its shoulders. But I can definitely make out the cigar smoke . . .

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