Meet the new king of Chronographs: The New Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Chronograph1:11 pm
Everyone was delighted with Bucherer’s new ‘golden’ presentation at Baselworld; the ‘shades of gold’ theme perfectly conveyed the baroque heritage of Carl F. Bucherer’s home city, Lucerne – also known as the ‘ticking’ heart of Switzerland. Bucherer watches for years have always been distinctly sophisticated and the launch saw the unveiling of some stunning new timepieces. But the talk of the occasion was the announcement of the new Manero that was going to be launched in 2017.
Manero, as a collection has seen the brand’s most diverse offerings, right from a moon phase complication to a perpetual calendar and even a Tourbillon. But Bucherer had something new in store for its favourite collection – a classic column wheel flyback chronograph that was sharp in looks and superior in power. The Watch Guide is excited to bring you an exclusive hands-on review of the first major launch of 2017: the Manero Flyback Chronograph. Let’s find out what makes the watch so special:
Flyback Chronograph – How it works:
Before we go in depth about the details of the watch, we’ll give you a brief on what a flyback chronograph is, what it does and how it works (in case you’re not aware). In regular chronograph watches, resetting the chronograph would involve 3 clicks, i.e., one to stop the chronograph, one to reset the timer and one to restart the chronograph. A Flyback, however, will do that for you in just one click. Pressing the “flyback” button once instantly restarts the hand to zero, and thus eliminates all repetitive operations.
For a long time, this complication was exclusive to pilots & professional race drivers for the ease in timing a succession of elapsed times. Bucherer had never attempted this mechanism before in any of their watches and spent years developing it in their in-house manufacture.
Flyback comes to the Manero:
Bucherer’s vision with the new Manero was to pay homage to the early days of auto racing in the most sophisticated way possible. And what better way to do that than introducing their first ever fly back movement. The new Manero Flyback is equipped with their new in-house caliber CFB 1970 – A Flyback chronograph that has the ability to time a second interval even when the chronograph hands are still running, simply by pressing the reset button at 4 o’clock. But that’s not only where this movement excels.
Caliber CFB 1970 is also an extremely accurate movement – built with 25 jewels, it operates at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz), having a healthy power reserve of 42 hours.
The Dial – Classic & Luxurious:
But it’s the layout of the dial where this watch does justice to its theme. The two chronograph counters for small seconds (at 9 o’clock) and the stop minute (at 3 o’clock) combine well with the classic inner-bezel tachymeter scale design, underlining the three-dimensional quality of the dial design. The bi-compax layout of the dial is inspired by the dashboards of vintage automobiles and pays homage to the early days of auto racing when flyback chronographs were an essential part of watches.
All of this is done on a high-quality silver dial with ten raised triangular indexes done in gold or stainless steel, since the Manero comes in two variations. The silver dial is an exhibition of Bucherer’s obsession with depth and detail, with subdials, applied indices and even the brand’s logo matching the case material in either stainless steel or 18k rose gold. The detailing on the dial is reflective of the craftsmanship that goes into making the Manero Flyback. As an example of the detailing on the dial one simply needs to look at either of the sub dials which have over 30 concentric circles etched into them.
Contained within a sun ray finished concentric circle that lies between the inner dial and the tachymeter scale, the shape and placement of the indexes give the dial a sense of depth and layering. The lance-style hands that have been synonymous with the Manero collection for years are present along with the baton hands of the chronograph, also done in 18k rose gold or stainless steel. There’s a black-on-white date window at the 6 o’clock position.
The case of the Manero Flyback is what harmonizes visually with the dial. Though slightly on the chunkier side with its 43mm case and 14.45mm thickness – the Manero Flyback Chronograph, one would say is perhaps not for those with thin wrists. But on the flipside, the curved lugs help the watch wear smaller on the wrist and doesn’t look chunky at all.
The Manero Flyback also features one of the best finished ‘highly – domed’ sapphire crystals we’ve seen on a watch in a long time, giving the dial a three-dimensional look and balancing the vintage element of the timepiece. The polished push buttons of the chronograph add to the classic character of the watch, while being highly functional with their large surface area. Adorning the case is the signature Carl F. Bucherer crown, marked with the logo of the brand.
A gorgeous see-through caseback:
Carl F. Bucherer loves to showcase the movement in almost all of their watches, even if it’s just about a button (like the monopusher window on the TravelTec). The sapphire crystal see-through case back of the Manero invites the wearer to enjoy the inner workings of their in-house movement. Featuring an oscillating mass, encrusted with Côtes de Genève pattern, the case back is a visual treat in itself.
Strap options – Louisiana Alligator Leather in Brown or Black
What secures the Manero Flyback is a genuine Louisiana alligator leather strap in brown for the rose gold version that’s complimented with a gold pin buckle, and a black Louisiana alligator leather strap with a stainless steel pin lock folding clasp for the stainless steel version.
Pre-Basel 2017 Preview – The Champagne Dial Manero Flyback:
Carl F. Bucherer have already set the tone for 2017 with the unveiling of the Manero Flyback Chronograph in a new champagne-coloured dial. The watch features the same 18k rose gold 43mm case of the existing series and comes with a cognac-coloured Louisiana alligator strap with an 18k rose gold pin buckle as well.
This version will obviously be available after the official Baselworld launch but is one to look forward to nonetheless!
About the brand – Carl F. Bucherer:
The history and development of the Lucerne-based watch brand is closely linked to the person of Carl Friedrich Bucherer. A visionary who created timepieces that moved with the times, in the truest sense, always combining extravagance and aesthetic appeal in extraordinary ways.
In 1888, Carl Friedrich Bucherer opened a jewelry and watch shop in Lucerne, and his name rapidly became a synonym for quality and originality. His two sons were destined from the cradle to follow him into the profession: one learned to become a watchmaker while the other trained as a goldsmith. Today, the combination of these two artistic skills is still reflected in the perfect form of watches, which are truly pieces of jewelry.