The Carl F Bucherer Only Watch Replica Manero collection of watches are amongst the luxury brand’s most classic offerings, with fine complications like a moonphase, tourbillon, and perpetual calendar all making their home in the line. For Baselworld 2016, Bucherer has introduced a sporty new Manero column wheel chronograph, an imminently classic two-register chronograph in stainless steel and 18k rose gold with – yep, you guessed it – a flyback function. The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph watch provides a handsome and classy option for collectors looking for something a little different from the standard fare, all in a gorgeous package.
As the story goes, “Manero” is actually derived from the Latin term manuaria, meaning “that which is led by the hand.” It’s a nod towards the brand’s Lucerne origins in the late 1800s, grounding the collection in the traditions of fine Swiss watchmaking, and also one meant to sharply contrast the brand’s sportier Patravi line, whose ScubaTec and TravelTec options carry a sophisticated, yet slightly over-the-top modernity to them. At any rate, there’s no mistaking the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph for its place in the Manero collection, as those classic themes run rampant throughout the watch – not only through its movement execution, but in its design as well, exhibiting faceted indices, oversized dauphine hands, and a bi-compax layout paying homage to the early days of auto racing.
Visible through the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph’s sapphire glass caseback, is the CFB 1970 caliber – a 25-jewel movement with a 42-hour reserve produced in-house by Carl F. Bucherer. The rapid-fire reset of the flyback function is controlled by a column wheel and actuated by the pump pusher at 4:00, enabling the wearer to measure multiple time intervals in quick succession. The 43mm case is nicely balanced, giving off an air of a classical driver’s chronograph in the pusher design and dial layout. The silver dial itself is also an exercise in depth and detail, with recessed subdials and applied indices matching the case material in either stainless steel or 18k rose gold.
F Bucherer released their first in-house movement with the caliber A1000 (debuted on aBlogtoWatch here). Since that time the A1000 (with its cool peripheral automated rotor) and its derivatives are the basis of several Patravi collection timepieces. Though, not in this one. That’s because the very first Patravi TravelTec GMT watch premiered in 2006, and later in this “FourX” variant. Even though it doesn’t strictly have an in-house movement, it does especially change the base ETA, offering something unique.To be honest, when I first detected the Patravi TravelTec GMT FourX that I wasn’t in enjoy it with. I believed that the layout was a bit all over the place and the dial was too hard to read. That was first glance and somehow after wearing the watch for a nice long time I’ve come to quite enjoy it. It is not a timepiece with no quirks, but it suits in a lot of departments, and I surprisingly didn’t find it that difficult to read.It is true that at a glance the palms are difficult to spot on the dial if you are only taking a look at the dial normally. Though for me I went to examine the dial in order to read the time I never had much trouble. It’s comparable to the dial of several Breitling timepieces because they’re somewhat busy in contrast to other watches, but there’s a method to their madness. Should you fancy that the TravelTec GMT FourX in most respects aside from the dial, then it is possible to opt for the non-FourX variant that doesn’t have a skeletonized dial up. The FourX version is much more costly but in may ways makes the piece a lot more interesting than the sum of its components.
The Carl F Bucherer Geneve Replica Manero Flyback Chronograph is going to be available in either stainless steel or rose gold, though for now we have images and information on the rose gold version, priced at $21,400. carl-f-bucherer.com