The cosmopolitan attitude toward life is the cultured, sophisticated approach that Carl F. Bucherer has lived since 1888 and that is embodied by its Manero Flyback line. Today marks the extension of this versatile collection as three new pieces debut on a highly comfortable bracelet option. With nine alternating links in beautifully finished stainless steel, the bracelet is perfectly integrated between the trademark pronounced lugs of the Manero Flyback to continue the ongoing legacy of a chronograph designed for a fast-paced world.
Timepieces are a shared language between all the new, as well as long-term, clients of the Lucerne-based manufacture. For them, the status of a historic name like Carl F. Bucherer is immediately recognized — especially as it is one of the few remaining independent, family-owned Swiss watch manufactures, now headed by Jörg G. Bucherer. To meet their expectations, beautiful design has to meet uncompromised functionality, a touch of flamboyance is to be balanced by unhindered legibility, and a precious exterior is to offer superb wearing comfort all day long. This, and the all-encompassing focus on quality of execution, have been part of the secret recipe that has led to the success story of the Manero Flyback.
The moment seasoned watch lovers take the Manero Flyback into their hands, it strikes them with its overarching feel of reassuring solidity and robustness — an attribute that should, in theory, be commonplace, and yet it well and truly is an exotic rarity, especially when taken to such degree. This trademark feat of the line is only emphasized by the new nine-link bracelet in stainless steel. A closer look reveals the perfect integration of the solid end-links, as each of the nine links follows the curvature of the lugs, providing an exceptionally solid fit and finish between case and bracelet. The double-folding clasp features a slim enclosure to ensure utmost wearing comfort while working at a desk or on the computer, while its highly polished exterior and perlage-decorated interior guarantee that its execution is on par with the rest of the Manero Flyback.
The Manero Flyback aesthetic is characterized by a high-contrast, beautifully symmetrical bi-counter dial layout with the beveled date window at 6 o’clock — a classic chronograph design reinterpreted with a focus on perfection in proportions and richness in details. The hour and minute track framed by contrasting lines, inside and out, feature eleven hand-applied, triangular indices designed to match the open-worked dauphine hands in the center as well as over the subdials. The most subtle of variations in surface treatments make a world of a difference toward the stunning impression the Manero Flyback unfailingly makes. The hour-track is brushed and the center of the main dial is satinated, while the subdials are grooved, allowing each of the five dial options to play with light in their own impressive ways.
Whichever version you choose, the Manero Flyback makes a stylish and distinctly cosmopolitan statement. From afar as well as up close, it looks and feels luxurious. While the beauty of the alternating finishing of its stainless steel exterior is for everyone to see, the reassuringly solid feel is only for the wearer to appreciate. Framed by a slim bezel in polished stainless steel, the 43mm by 14.45mm case, dial, and bracelet together create an impression of modern elegance and versatility. By modifying the trusted and serviceable 7750 chronograph caliber, the CFB 1970 movement has come to life. By adding a column-wheel — a component that replaces the cams and levers relied on for the starting, stopping, and resetting of the chronograph — a superior feel of the pushers has been achieved, while further modifications have added the namesake flyback functionality. The latter is a rather more rarified complication added to chronographs to allow the user to stop, reset, and restart timing with a single press of the reset pusher.
The new Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph watches on the steel bracelet are available from November 2020 and are priced at 6,300 CHF / €5,900 Euro / $6,600 USD. You may learn more and browse the full collection at the brand’s website.
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