Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Semanal Watch Review


Introduced at Basel 2010 is a model that Cuervo y Sobrinos has been pouring a lot of effort into: the Historiador Semanal. Its story is an interesting one, coinciding with both the history of the brand and the history of Havana.
The Historiador Semanal is a modern interpretation of a model that the company introduced way back in the 1940’s. At that point in time, Cuervo y Sobrinos was in the midst of patenting their own movement. Havana was also undergoing changes, experiencing tremendous growth as American prosperity returned. 

It seems that the master craftsmen have grown nostalgic for the past. As such, they’ve spent the better part of the last two years redesigning the original movement. Their dedicated and steady work has paid dividends in the new Historiador Semanal. “Semanal” refers to the practice of corresponding days of the week to numbers. On the piece, Thursdays appear as “TH” with the number “1” listed over it. The next Thursday is listed with an “8,” and so on and so forth. 
There’s a lot of information displayed on the watch. In the centremost circle is the time of day. The next concentric circle lists the day of the week, then there’s the semanal line with the numbers for each day. Finally, on the edge is the day of the month, and the particular month. Clearly, Cuervo y Sobrinos has created an incredibly useful and precise timepiece. It’s more akin to a calendar than it is to a watch. 

Truly a vintage piece, it speaks artfully to another era. The stainless steel 45mm is classic and simple. It’s just so easy to imagine the Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Semanal hugging the wrist of a 1940‘s or 1950’s American businessman. The watch looks so elegant, so prosperous, a watch designed for societies that value and measure time to the utmost.