The watch destinations for summer 2009

Le mete orologiere per l'estate 2009

For those who are on holiday and don't want to miss out on a bit of watchmaking culture, we offer two very interesting destinations.

The first is the fantastic Cuba where, between one beach and the next, you can pop into the first single-brand shop just opened in the historic centre of Havana by Cuervo y Sobrinos. The spacious space, called 'El Reloj Cuervo y Sobrinos', occupies an emblematic 19th century building on the central Calle Muralla, opposite the brand's former headquarters. The shop, which displays the most representative models of the Cuervo y Sobrinos collection of watches and writing instruments, also houses a museum of antique table and wall clocks that are now part of Havana's heritage. Exclusively for the Havana shop and the Cuban market, Cuervo y Sobrinos has created a limited edition model of the Torpedo line with a quartz movement and a brown or blue Cuervo y Sobrinos dial. On the bottom of the case can be seen the engraving "Serie

especial para la isla de Cuba'.

For information: Diarsa Italy Tel. +39 02 86461215.

Let us now move on to a less exotic and seaside destination, but still very beautiful: Germany, where the Glashütte Watchmaking Museum. We have been there, we have visited it (L'OROLOGIO no. 179 p. 84) and we recommend it to you for the completeness of the historical and didactic journey, which is strongly linked to this small East German industrial town. The permanent exhibition was opened last year, thanks to the efforts of the foundation German Watch Museum Glashütte - Nicolas G. Hayek, to which the town of Glashütte and the manufacture Glashütte Original . However, the museum is not dedicated solely to the Swatch Group brand, but rather to the history of the watchmaking industry in this small town on the European continent, with examples of watches belonging to all the brands that have operated in the past or are still active in the town today: A. Lange & Sohne, Glashütte Original, Nomos, Union, among the best known names.

The museum is open to the public every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket price is €6 and, by appointment, it is possible to combine a visit to the Glashütte Original factory (mornings only).

To contact the museum secretariat: tel. +49 3505346283, fax +49 3505346285, e-mail