Skeleton watches continued to be a favorite at this year’s Baselworld watch fair; click here for some notable examples. Another one is this week’s Watch to Watch, a skeletonized execution of the Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador timepiece, the flagship model of this Swiss-made brand with Cuban roots.
The 40-mm steel case of Cuervo y Sobrinos Historiador Squelette, with its distinctive curving lugs, is inspired by an Art Deco-era sketch found in the company’s now abandoned workshop in Havana, Cuba, and its “double-curved” sapphire crystal recalls those used commonly in watches of the 1950s. It is 11.15 mm thick and water-resistant to 30 meters, with a screwed exhibition caseback.
The perforated dial, which shows off the painstakingly skeletonized and decorated automatic Caliber CYS 5084, takes design cues from other models in the Historiador collection and has an applied CYS logo at 12 o’clock, Super-LumiNova-coated hour and minute hands, and a red central seconds hand. The movement has a shot-blasted mainplate and bar, “Squelette” and “Cuervo y Sobrions 1882” engravings, and a brushed-finish rotor. Measuring 25.6 mm in diameter and a wafer-thin 4.6 mm thick, with 25 jewels, it stores a power reserve of 38 hours and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vph.
The Cuervo Y Sobrinos Historiador Squelette is mounted on a black Louisiana alligator strap with a stainless-steel folding buckle that is engraved with the brand’s CYS emblem. It carries a retail price of $3,200.