In late 2018, Carl F. Bucherer revealed the Tourbillon Double Peripheral Limited Edition as the launch point for the new Heritage Collection meant to commemorate the company’s 130-year history of involvement in the watch industry as a jeweler and watchmaker. According to the brand, the Heritage Collection would function as a tentpole range of exclusively limited-edition timepieces that feature a variety of complications. This week at Baselworld, the Lucerne-based firm unveiled the BiCompax Annual Chronograph, a new watch in two different case materials and dial treatments to the lineup.
Combining an annual calendar with a chronograph, the new, 41-mm watch comes in either stainless steel with a silver dial and a panda-style dial orientation or in two-tone rose gold with a rose-and-champagne dial. The annual calendar indicator eschews a day of the week and leap year display and instead only features a big date in the upper half of the dial and a month aperture tucked between 4 and 5 o’clock. Carl F. Bucherer says that the watch is directly inspired by a 34-mm bicompax chronograph from 1956 found in the brand’s archives. Other noteworthy details include the usage of attractive syringe hands filled with Super-LumiNova, vintage-style Arabic numerals, and the usage of a black rubber strap for the panda dial and a cognac brown calfskin strap for the champagne-dialed, two-tone model. The movement offered inside is Caliber CFB 1972 with a 42-hour power reserve.
Combining an annual calendar with a chronograph definitely isn’t unheard of as makers such as Patek Philippe, Ulysse Nardin, and Montblanc have all released such models throughout the past few years; however, all of those models come at quite a premium. At $7,200 in stainless steel and $10,200 in its two-tone design, the Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Calendar offers a strong value proposition in addition to its appealing good looks and functional complications.