Carl F. Bucherer introduced its Manero Flyback model in 2016 and has rolled out a virtual painter’s palette of colorful variations on the elegantly styled chronograph since then. The latest, debuting at retail this summer, feature dials in bright blue — “the color of the horizon,” in the company’s words, and thus suited to the spirit of the cosmopolitan travelers to whon it’s aimed
Like their predecessors (one of which I reviewed in depth here), both new references of the Manero Flyback are housed in stainless steel cases, 43 mm in diameter and sporting an array of brushed and polished finishes. Their gleaming blue dials are covered by double-domed nonreflective sapphire crystals. The dial is bordered by a vintage-racing-inspired tachymeter scale in contrasting white, and its symmetrical layout includes two slightly recessed subdials at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock (for chronograph minutes and running seconds, respectively), and a rectangular date window at 6 o’clock. The skeletonized lance-shaped hour and minute hands tell the time on applied, faceted hour markers, while the central seconds hand tallies elapsed seconds when it’s activated by the mushroom-shaped pushers that flank the fluted crown on the side of the case.
Inside the 30-meter water-resistant case of the Manero Flyback ticks Carl F. Bucherer’s automatic Caliber CFB 1970 (based on the ubiquitous ETA 7750 and enhanced with a module from La Joux-Perret), which drives the watch’s array of timekeeping operations, including the chronograph’s flyback function. Driven by a control wheel, the stopwatch is capable of making multiple time measurements in quick succession, since both chronograph hands — the center-mounted seconds counter and the small counter of the elapsed-minutes subdial — can be reset to zero while the stopwatch is still running. The movement, boasting an array of haute horlogerie decorations including Geneva waves on the rotor and perlage on the bridges, has 25 jewels and stores a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound.
What differentiates the two new models are their bracelets: one comes on a vibrant blue textile strap that echoes the shade of the dial; the other is attached to a stainless steel link bracelet. The prices are $6,200 and $6,600, respectively. Carl F. Bucherer says these pieces are a “taste” of several new 2020 models to be unveiled in Geneva in late August.