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December 21, 2011updated Feb 08, 2013

Carl F. Bucherer Previews New Models

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Manero Central Chrono
With the Manero Central Chrono, Carl F. Bucherer presents a chronograph that sets new design trends. With both the seconds and the minutes of the chronograph displayed from the center by means of hands, this classic timepiece guarantees perfect legibility.

The name says it all. The special appeal of the Manero Central Chrono lies in its chronograph indication, used for the first time in this way at Carl F. Bucherer: the minutes indication, from the center outwards by means of hands, expertly setting the Manero Central Chrono apart from other chronographs, and providing the wearer with a full view of this complication at a glance.

Another attractive feature is the clear design of the dial, with the small seconds indication at 3 o’clock, a 24 hours indication at 9 o’clock and the date indication at 6 o’clock. At the heart of the Manero Central Chrono ticks the CFB 1967 automatic caliber.

With its ten wedge-shaped hour index marks and its tapering, Superluminova-coated hours and minutes-hands, the Manero Central Chrono fits harmoniously into the Manero family from Carl F. Bucherer. The dial, which is available in black and silver, deliberately dispenses with any further decorative elements. It is housed in a stainless steel case with a diameter of 42.5 mm and a height of 14.24 mm. The laterally positioned pusher at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock give the Manero Central Chrono a distinctive appearance. The high quality black or brown alligator leather strap further adds to the elegance of this timepiece, combining with the case to form a harmonious whole. This elegance is skillfully carried over into the horns and the stainless steel folding clasp. With the Manero Central Chrono, Carl F. Bucherer has created a powerfully expressive and attractive chronograph whose appeal lies in its functionality as well as its design. This new model offers the wearer just what they seek in a timepiece: the time of day and chronograph functions – clearly visible at first glance.

Manero MoonPhase
A special moment awaits lovers of classic watchmaking: Carl F. Bucherer launches the Manero MoonPhase from the classic Manero range. The aesthetically pleasing calendar shows not only the current date, day and month, but also the moon phase. All presented in an attractive rose gold case.

The special appeal of the Manero MoonPhase lies in its detailed calendar function. A glance at the wrist provides the wearer with a quick overview of the current date, shown by hands around the center of the dial. While the indication of the weekday has been placed at 10 o’clock, the current month can be read off on the right at 2 o’clock. The finishing touch for this special calendar is provided by the moon phase indication, shown centrally at 6 o’clock. The CFB 1966 automatic movement unique to Carl F. Bucherer is at the heart of this extraordinary calendar, making it a reliable companion.

The Manero range from Carl F. Bucherer represents the supreme craft of the master watchmaker in its most authentic form. Thus the Manero MoonPhase also reflects elegance and timeless design. With a diameter of 38 mm, a classic size for top quality Manufacture watches, the 18K rose gold case forms a harmonious setting for the silver-colored dial with its 12 index marks in the same color. In spite of the many indications of complications, Carl F. Bucherer placed special emphasis on optimum legibility during its design, as can be seen from the wedge-shaped index marks and the tapered Superluminova-coated hours and minutes hands. A particularly eye-catching feature is the moon phase indication, which consists of a gold-colored moon disc shining against a blue background. The shimmering effect is continued in the clasp, also made of 18K rose gold, which is used to close the high quality alligator leather strap, thus underlining the elegant appearance of the timepiece. The look is completed by the polished surfaces of the watch case and the harmoniously rounded strap bars. With the Manero MoonPhase, Carl F. Bucherer has created a watch that stands for what the name Manero means.

Derived from the Latin “manuaria”, meaning, “that which is directed by hand”, it conceals a complex inner life in a simple watch case. And represents a classic and practical expression of the master watchmaker’s craft.

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Manero Chrono Perpetual
In the year 46 B.C., Sosigenes, the astronomer from Alexandria, developed the basic principles for the calendar we use today. He divided the year into twelve months: seven months of 31 days, four months of 30 days and one of 29 days, resulting in 365.25 days per year, with one additional day every four years by way of correction. Subsequently, this system became widespread through the entire known world at the time thanks to the great Roman Emperor Julius Caesar. However, this so-called “Julian” calendar contained an error of 0.0078 days per year. This discrepancy was corrected in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. The system, which is named after him misses out a leap year every 100 years, except in complete centuries where the number of years is divisible by 400. The Gregorian calendar is still used today and forms the basis for the way we measure time.

The problems that can result with months of different lengths, particularly in leap years, are very familiar to anyone who wears a mechanical watch with date display. Because normal, simple calendar mechanisms always switch from the 30th to the 31st in months with fewer than 31 days, the date has to be manually turned to the 1st.

With a perpetual calendar, on the other hand, the movement is able to make these changeovers correctly by itself, with even the leap years being taken into account. Its complexity makes this mechanism one of the supreme disciplines in watchmaking, appropriately referred to as a “grand complication”. No manual correction will be necessary until 2100, because then fails – as in all years which are divisible by 100, but not by 400, – one leap year.

For all lovers of this traditional masterpiece of the watchmaker’s art, Carl F. Bucherer presents the new Manero Chrono Perpetual. Its capacities are however by no means limited to the perpetual calendar with correction-free display of the date at 12 o’clock, the day of the week at 6 o’clock, the month and leap year at 9 o’clock and the moon phase at 3 o’clock. The functional module which has been specially developed for Carl F. Bucherer also features a precise chronograph with the popular flyback function. A tachymeter scale completes the range of practical functions so typical for Carl F. Bucherer. A Manufacture movement from Vaucher, with contemporary decoration in the distinctive style of the Lucerne watch brand, forms an exclusive basis.

In spite of this multiplicity of functions and displays, Carl F. Bucherer has also ensured optimum readability of the dial on the Manero Chrono Perpetual. This was a challenge which the designers met by making the design as generous as possible, and by incorporating different levels and surface finishes. The chronograph counters for the hours (6 o’clock) and minutes (9 o’clock) as well as the small running seconds hand (12 o’clock) have been clearly and beautifully integrated into the strikingly recessed calendar displays; fine black lines ensure the necessary delimitation between the displays. A narrow hand from the center indicates the stopped seconds. With the wedge-shaped index marks, the expressive letters and numbers so characteristic for Carl F. Bucherer, and the tapering Superluminova-coated hours and minutes-hands, the traditional complication of the perpetual calendar has been reinterpreted for our times. The chronograph hands are in a discreet black. The center of the classical silver-colored dial is matt, while the chronograph counters and the minute division ring are brushed, creating an attractive play of light. The moon phase indication also has a contemporary design, with an anthracite-colored background and a silver-colored moon disk.

This timeless presentation is expertly continued in the fine rose gold or modern stainless steel case. The case has been subtly reworked for the Manero Chrono Perpetual: Satin finish and polished elements are excitingly contrasted, the lugs are more angular than in earlier models, the bezel has a concave shape while the sapphire crystal is domed, the crown and the polished chronograph push-pieces are elegantly simple. The caseback with integrated sapphire crystal permits a clear view of the mechanical jewel with its 22 carat rose gold oscillating weight.

Last but not least, the exclusivity of the Manero Chrono-Perpetual is enhanced by its strictly limited edition: 150 pieces have been manufactured in stainless steel, while the rose gold version is limited worldwide to just 100 pieces. With this new model from the Manero collection, Carl F. Bucherer has succeeded in creating a watch that will delight all connoisseurs who value the masterly achievements of the traditional art of watchmaking, combined with maximum functionality, in a timeless and yet contemporary exterior.

Alacria Swan
The Alacria Swan from Carl F. Bucherer represents a tribute to the Bucherer family and firm, and to the city of Lucerne, where the Carl F. Bucherer watch brand was created. Set with over 1,300 diamonds, this astonishing piece of jewelry reflects the highest standards enshrined in the traditional art of jewelry at Carl F. Bucherer.

Surrounded by picturesque mountains, the region around Lucerne offers countless holiday pleasures within a very small area, and has therefore rightly been called “Switzerland in miniature”. With its “Mediterranean” flair, Lucerne draws numerous visitors and tourists from all over the world to a place where beauty can be experienced in its purest and most unspoilt form.

In addition to impressive landmarks such as the world famous chapel bridge and Mount Pilatus, it is the countless swans on Lake Lucerne that make the city so magical. Strolling along the idyllic lakeside walk, observers are magically drawn into the spell cast by these mythical creatures as they glide gracefully and majestically across the lake, transforming the crystal-clear water into a shimmering “Swan Lake”.

Space for visions. And for visions to become reality. Apart from Lake Lucerne, swans (which in mythology are regarded as a symbol of our dreams) have inspired another place in Lucerne: the Schwanenplatz, from 1894 onwards the home of the first branch of Bucherer, which opened in the Kapellgasse in 1888. Over 120 years ago Carl Friedrich and Louise Bucherer made their entrepreneurial dream a reality here, laying the foundations for their future as visionary watchmakers of the highest order. The tradition-steeped company of “Bucherer” is still owned by the family today, and is now managed by Jörg G. Bucherer representing the third generation. The original philosophy of the founder has always been preserved. Thus in 1919 Carl Friedrich Bucherer created the basis for the Carl F. Bucherer brand with his first ever collection of watches made by him. Thanks to the movements that from 2007 onwards have been developed and manufactured in the company’s own Manufacture, Carl F. Bucherer is now also able to present technically and aesthetically perfect timepieces, and to be always “one step ahead of the times”.

Brilliant splendor created by the traditional art of jewelry. With the Alacria Swan, Carl F. Bucherer presents a masterpiece within the feminine “Alacria” range. The name, which is a tribute to the Bucherer family that founded the company, is intended to recall their dream of having their own business, brought to fruition long ago in Lucerne. The name is also based on powerful symbols, legendary myths and romantic fairytales. Like the grey and unprepossessing “Ugly Duckling”, ultimately transformed into a snow-white and breathtakingly beautiful swan, the Alacria Swan tells a new story of its own within the collection.

And it is an extraordinarily richly embellished story: with 348 diamonds on the case, 137 diamonds on the dial, one diamond on the crown and 844 on the bracelet, all of the very highest quality, the Alacria range now shines with a new brilliance. Each individual jewel has been painstakingly set by hand, so that the watch reflects the very highest standards of the art of jewelry at Carl F. Bucherer. Perfect comfort in wearing is ensured by the delicate bracelet, which wraps itself around a lady’s slender wrist as gently as a swan’s neck. As a sparkling timepiece of perfect beauty, the Alacria Swan, which is fitted with a quartz movement and indicates hours and minutes, conveys a look that is both brilliant and practical.

Thanks to its breathtaking beauty, the Alacria Swan transports the wearer into a ravishing enchantment that will last for ever: like a swan that remains faithful to its partner for life, no woman will want to be parted from this piece of jewelry in white gold.

Yet this valuable companion also adorns its wearer with intangible values, values that are linked to the “swan” motif in art and literature. Thus the 1300+ white diamonds recall the pure and virtuous nature of a swan, combining the elements of water and air – its grace as a swimmer and its enduring stamina in flight.

Thanks to its graceful lightness, expressed by the curved case that recalls the shape of the female body, the watch also suggests a swan about to take flight, overcoming the power of gravity.

The Alacria Swan is sure to elicit a reaction of fascination and approval in all who see it. One can only hope that the wearer will be able to cope with the constant admiration!

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