carl f bucherer manero flyback


The Lucerne firm’s star-chronograph is clothed in rose gold and champagne to celebrate the festive season and to mark 2017 in a neo-retro spirit

Carl F. Bucherer, the firm started in 1888 and established in Lucerne, in central Switzerland where lake and mountain meet, is offering a rather vintage classic version of their timeless chronograph: Manero Flyback.

Arranged in a “champagne” dial (a bronze yellow typical of the middle of the 20th century which is becoming increasingly fashionable), the information in the different displays is shown using fine black lines that allow them to melt into the warm background colour. On the edges of the disc there is a tachymetric scale that surrounds an hour rim made up of triangular markers, facetted in rose gold, as well as a precise minute track. In the centre, two dauphine-shaped hands, also in rose gold, with a cut-out along their length, display the hours and minutes. The seconds are also displayed off-centre in a sunken counter at the 9 o’clock position, and the date is shown on a white background in a display at the 6 o’clock position. All this is protected by slightly raised sapphire crystal with rounded edges.

carl f bucherer manero flyback closeup

As its name indicates, this Manero Flyback is equipped with a chronograph flyback function, a system initially developed for aircraft pilots in the 1930s so that they could instantly relaunch the seconds hand of the chronograph and to reduce the number of actions, going from three operations (start, stop, and rewind to zero) to just one. The seconds are thus counted down in the centre by the seconds hand and the minutes of the chronograph are displayed in a counter at the 3 o’clock position.

Apart from these functions, the self-winding CFB 1970 calibre movement manufactured by Carl F. Bucherer and housed inside a 43mm-diameter rose gold case, offers a power reserve of 42 hours. It is visible thanks to a sapphire crystal back.

The Manero Flyback is attached to the wrist by a nut-brown alligator leather strap with a rose gold pin lock folding clasp.

Price upon request

By Sharmila Bertin