In astrology, it is believed that number 5 denotes prosperity, justice, knowledge, rationality and mathematical understanding, among other things. Well, it seems number 5 has a special aura for Carl F. Bucherer, a venerated brand in the world of horology, as well.
Last year, the Swiss brand unveiled a wide array of timepieces, ranging from the Manero Flyback 40 mm in five different variants that were inspired by Swiss landscapes to the Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition, which featured engravings of monuments that represented 16 cities in five different dial colours. This year too, number 5 seems to be the name of the game! The Lucerne-based timepiece maker has just launched its Capsule collection, which has been earning the brand plaudits since it was launched in 1888, with five signature models. Out of the five new timepieces, three are limited-edition and crafted in forged carbon and titanium.
The latest collection comprises Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral Black (Ref. 00.10920.16.33.01), Manero Peripheral Perpetual Calendar Black (Ref. 00.10916.16.33.01), Manero Peripheral BigDate Black (Ref. 00.10926.16.33.01), Manero Flyback Black (Ref. 00.10919.12.33.01) and Heritage BiCompax Annual Black (Ref. 00.10803.12.32.01).
Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral Black (Ref. 00.10920.16.33.01)
A limited edition of 30 pieces, this timepiece boasts a floating tourbillon encased in a 43-mm, forged carbon and titanium case, capped with a domed sapphire crystal, which offers a clear view of the rotating tourbillon at 12 o’clock. The matte deep black dial features wedged hands, plated with rhodium.
The wristwatch is powered by an automatic CFB T3000 manufacture Calibre, which can be seen through the sapphire caseback. Other features of the watch include a COSC-certified chronometer, with a power reserve of 65 hours. Finishing the watch is a hybrid rubber strap with a ‘carbon’ texture and a quick-release system, along with a DLC-coated titanium and stainless steel pin-lock folding clasp.
Manero Peripheral Perpetual Calendar Black (Ref. 00.10916.16.33.01)
The next timepiece in the Capsule collection is an 88-piece, limited-edition Manero Peripheral Perpetual Calendar Black with a 41-mm, forged carbon case with a titanium container, featuring a deep black matte dial. At 6 o’clock, the watch gets a moonphase made of two white gold hand engravings with an aventurine disc.
The watch has a perpetual calendar, 12 o’clock for the month subdial, 3 o’clock for the date sundial and 9 o’clock for the day of the week. The hands and index markings are rhodium-plated, all topped by a domed sapphire crystal. The watch is powered by CFB A2055 manufacture Calibre with a 55-hour power reserve. The diamond-shaped hour markers and the arrow-shaped hour and minute hands are rhodium-plated. The strap has a ‘Milky Way’ texture and is made of hybrid rubber with a quick-release system.
Manero Peripheral BigDate Black (Ref. 00.10926.16.33.01)
It is a 188-piece, limited-edition timepiece. As far as the highlights of the watch are concerned, there is the Big Date window at 10 o’clock, the day of the week window at 9 o’clock, a 60-second subdial at 6 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock. The diamond-shaped hour markers and the arrow-shaped hour and minute hands are rhodium-plated and come on a 30-mm, forged carbon and titanium case.
Powering the watch is the in-house automatic CFB A2011 manufacture Calibre with a power reserve of 55 hours. The hybrid rubber strap has a ‘brushed’ texture. Other features include a chronograph, a tachymeter and a flyback.
Manero Flyback Black (Ref. 00.10919.12.33.01)
A non-limited edition watch, the 43-mm, DLC-coated stainless steel watch gets a matte deep black dial. The chronograph gets DLC-coated stainless steel pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock. On the dial, there is a 60-minute subdial at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute subdial at 3 o’clock and a date window at 6 o’clock. The watch comes with diamond-shaped hour markers and wedge-shaped hour and minute hands with rhodium plating, with a seconds hand touching the outer periphery.
Powering the watch is the automatic CFB 1970 Calibre with a power reserve of about 42 hours with a tachymeter. The strap is made of hybrid rubber with a ‘pyramid’ texture and a quick-release system.
Heritage BiCompax Annual Black (Ref. 00.10803.12.33.01)
The last offering in the collection, the chronograph, gets a 30-minute subdial at 9 o’clock, a 60-second subdial at 3 o’clock, a date window at 4:30 and a Big Date window at 12 o’clock on a 41-mm, DLC-coated stainless steel case with two DLC-coated, stainless steel chronograph pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock. The deep black matte dial also has white Arabic hour markers with needle-shaped, rhodium-coated hour and minute hands. A seconds hand touches the outer periphery.
Powering the watch is the automatic CFB 1972 Calibre movement with a 42-hour power reserve. The watch is finished on a hybrid rubber strap with Clous de Paris texture and a quick-release system, along with a DLC-coated titanium and stainless steel pin-lock folding clasp.