At last year’s Baselworld, Carl F. Bucherer unveiled a new brand identity, heavy on gold design elements and emphasizing the historical, baroque architecture of its base, the Swiss city of Lucerne. This year, the brand is releasing a new watch perfectly in keeping with this new, luxurious image: the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback, fronted by an elegant champagne-colored dial.
The watch’s 43-mm rose gold case, with its highly domed nonreflective sapphire crystal, harmonizes visually with the dial, whose base is electroplated in a champagne gold color with deeper gold hues for the minute track and recessed subdials at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock (for chronograph minutes and running seconds, respectively). A tachymeter scale occupies the outer flange. The applied, faceted hour indices and lance-shaped hands are also in gold, while the date appears in a framed window at 6 o’clock.
Inside the gleaming case, and on display beneath a clear sapphire caseback, is the movement, automatic Caliber CFB 1970, which powers all of the watch’s timekeeping operations, including its flyback chronograph function. Driven by a control wheel, and operated by two mushroom-style pushers flanking the grooved crown, the chronograph 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 has 25 jewels and stores a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound.
The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback with champagne dial (Ref. 00.10919.03.43.01) comes on a cognac-colored Louisiana alligator strap with a pin buckle in 18k rose gold. There are also versions with a rose-gold folding clasp (Ref. 00.10919.03.13.01) and with a stainless steel folding clasp (Ref. 00.10919.08.13.01). It is priced at $21,400.