ollowing the Robusto Churchill ‘Yalta Edition’ timepiece, Cuervo y Sobrinos now unveils the Robusto Churchill ‘Sir Winston’, a limited-edition model endowed with an eye-catching petrol blue guilloché dial.
Limited to just 100 pieces in each variant, the watch is delivered with a dark blue high-gloss Louisiana alligator strap and a stainless steel and titanium bracelet. Other specification highlights include an innovative crown design, 3-part modular case construction and a Swiss automatic movement.
Winston Churchill first visited Cuba in 1895 aged just 21. As young officer in the 4th Hussars, based in London, he was keen to take part in military action. He decided to join the Spanish Army and fight against Cuban forces in what became known as the ‘Cuban War of Independence’ (1895 – 1898). Having trekked to Arroyo Blanco, some 400km east of Havana, he faced enemy fire. His first taste of Cuba lasted only a few weeks, but it would not be the last time that he would visit the sun-kissed Caribbean island.
In the early part of 1946, clearly exhausted after undertaking his onerous role in the Second World War, Churchill travelled across the Atlantic Ocean at the invitation of President Truman. He lobbied America for a reconstruction loan for his home nation and made a series of speeches, but he also spent time seeing old friends, painting and swimming. Most notably, he took the opportunity to visit Cuba for a second time, albeit on this occasion as an elder statesman.
President Truman offered Churchill the use of a US plane, something he accepted. He travelled with his wife, Clementine, from Florida to Havana and stayed at the prestigious Hotel Nacional. While on the island, he visited the Cuervo y Sobrinos boutique.
It is obvious that many Cubans were delighted to see Churchill during his time on the island. Likewise, Churchill seemed to enjoy his time in Cuba, especially when smoking his favourite Havana cigars. Indeed, when the former Prime Minister received a gift of 500 Romeo y Julieta cigars, his favourite brand of cigars, he was reportedly delighted. The name Robusto is used to describe a short and ’robust’ cigar, making it an apt moniker for this new Churchill-inspired, limited-edition model.
On the new model, silver-toned, facetted hour and minute hands collaborate with prominent hour markers, conveying the prevailing time in a highly legible form. The hour markers comprise of faceted, triangular indexes for even values and elaborately-shaped Arabic numerals for odd-numbered values. A slither of Super-LumiNova adorns the hands, aiding legibility in restricted light.
The guilloché dial, presented in petrol blue, features a Clous de Paris motif, resembling a series of woven arc-shaped lines. Located above 6 o’clock, two apertures, positioned one above the other, display the day and date succinctly. A central sweep seconds hand integrates with a neat track that frames the dial, augmenting readability.
The Robusto Churchill ‘Sir Winston’ is housed in a 43mm stainless steel and titanium case. It employs a 3-part modular construction technique and comprises of a central body, lateral sides and case back. This allows highly polished and satin finished surfaces to sit in close proximity, bestowing the case with an abundance of eye-appeal.
A hinged lever, positioned at 3 o’clock, serves as a crown. Its unusual design imbues the watch with a near-symmetrical profile while preventing any impingement on the wearer’s wrist. The Robusto Churchill ‘Sir Winston’ is endowed with a see-through case back, featuring a quote from the great man, ‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference’.
At the heart of this elegant watch is a Swiss automatic movement, the CYS 5105 calibre. The watch is delivered with a dark blue high-gloss Louisiana alligator strap and a stainless steel and titanium bracelet.
- CYS 5105
- diameter 29 mm
- height 5.15 mm
- power reserve 44 hours
- 26 jewels
- frequency: 28800 A/h
- finished oscillating weight with engraving
- Hours, minutes, centre seconds and day date
- stainless steel case and titanium
- diameter 43 mm
- height 12.45 mm
- sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- water resistant to 10 ATM
- screwed see-through case back with sapphire crystal
- Petrol blue “Clou de Paris” guilloché dial, silver applied indices, applied CyS emblem
- Stainless steel hands, hours and minutes with Superluminova
- Dark blue high-gloss Louisiana alligator and stainless steel and titanium bracelet
- Stainless steel folding buckle, engraved CyS emblem
- 100 pieces in each version