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BASELWORLD 2016 day one - part two

Posted by Right Time on Apr 22, 2016

Welcome to the rest of my parents` first day at the Baselworld fair in Switzerland. They visited Muhle Glashutte, Meistersinger, and Cuervo y Sobrinos. For Muhle and Meistersinger, please read yesterdays` day one blog.

Today is the day for a boutique brand inspired by a special island south of Florida. Cuervo y Sobrinos is a Swiss brand with a Cuban soul. Originally a family owned jewelry store in Havana, Cuba since 1882, the brand was revived in the early 2000`s and moved to a beautiful 19th century villa on Capolago, Switzerland. The watches have an art deco, old Havana feel to them in robust modern cases. Not only are the watches luxurious and rich, but they come in a gorgeous, working cigar humidor. It is a presentation that I have never seen matched, not even with watches five times their price. The watches reflect the architecture and the cultural feel of 1920's to 1940's Old Havana. Large numbers, curvy lugs, guilloche textured dials in awesome linear block designs. Collections with names such as Historiador, Esplandidos, Torpedo and Prominente.

I am actually very much in love with this brand and so excited to share some of the new pieces with you.

May I introduce to you, the Historiador Tierra and Mar. Goodbye 2016, hello 1950! Historiador has a beautiful case with; very reminiscent of the 50's with double curved sapphire crystals. This 40mm piece is outstanding with a sunburst dial and bright, fun color! There is also a Sol variation with a sassy yellow theme.

Orange, blue, and yellow have crept into the Prominente case this year as well, in the smaller Carmelo variation.

The additional Copper dial as a very Havana flavor to it.

One of our most popular cases is the Torpedo Pirata. The newcomer is a GMT variation with the same combination titanium, bronze and burnished steel case. At 45mm, the Pirata is most definitely an attention grabber.

It wouldn't be a Latin party without a little show stopping bling. This Lady Historiador is a stunner. The black mother of pearl was not a Basel release, but it was our first chance to see the gorgeous lady in person. An evening watch if I ever saw one, this Historiador is extremely dressy. The retro inspired lugs are a beautiful background for the diamond bezel. The extreme contrast of black and diamonds is a riveting one.

One of the themes for this year's Basel introductions was skeleton. Everyone introduced a new skeleton it seems. The Historiador Squelette was one of the prettier variations with a detailed inner bezel. Very reminiscent of its art deco inspiration.

This concludes our Cuban adventure. Cheers to many more Basel releases to talk about in the coming days! We have some new introductions from Alexander Shorokhoff, Seiko, Raymond Weil, Hamilton, Oris and many more that I will show you in the coming days. Chao!

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