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Manero Flyback Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

The Manero Chronograph Flyback is one of the first new watches to receive the designation “Lucerne 1888” added below the logo on the dial, along with the new Manero Peripheral, which we wrote earlier this year. However, while that watch has an in-house made mechanical movement inside – with the company’s patented peripheral rotor technology – the Manero Flyback does not. Instead, it has a basic modular 4Hz chronograph movement, with a complicated flyback function that allows you to instantly stop-start and restart the chronograph with just one push. The mainplate and bridges have a circular graining decorating and the rotor has the company logo engraved on it. No chamfered edges or higher level finishing like the aforementioned, patented peripheral rotor model, though. The Manero comes in a 43 mm x 14.45 mm case that alternating polished and satin-brushed case,

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Jason Pitsch

Carl F. Bucher Manero Peripheral Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

At Baselworld last month, Swiss watchmaker, Carl F. Bucherer, which is owned by the Lucerne-based retailer, Bucherer, launched a timepiece that effectively changes the direction of the company in a few ways. First, the dial now reads “Lucerne 1888,” which I am told is part of a new re-branding strategy that focuses on the roots of the company. Second, the manufacture has added a few conservatively sized, retro-style watch collections to their line-up. With plans for more in the future, presumably. Basically, with the Manero Peripheral, they have created a new version of their awesome in-house made peripheral rotor movement and built it into a simple, classic timepiece. Clearly a departure from recent designs, drawing on their rich origins. The new caliber CFB A2050, features a patented peripheral rotor, that as the name suggests, sits on the peripheral area of

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Patravi TravelTec GMT Black

For Baselworld 2016, Swiss watchmaker, Carl F. Bucherer, will introduce a new black DLC (diamond-like carbon) coated steel version of their Patravi TravelTec GMT. The case is 46 mm in diameter and comes on a DLC steel bracelet with folding clasp. In addition to a chronograph function, the Patravi TravelTec GMT Black displays triple time zones. A special patented pusher at 10 o’clock pivots the inner bezel which has a graduated 24-hour time zone display. The second and third time zone are indicated by the red central hand. While local time is indicated by a large skeletonized hand, with while luminous material on the tip. Minutes for all three time zones are indicated by the large skeletonized hand, as are seconds which is displayed in the subdial at 3 o’clock. The automatic movement (caliber CFB 1901) has 39 jewels, a

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Carl F. Bucherer Manero ChronoPerpetual Only Watch 2015

At Only Watch 2015, Carl F. Bucherer, will offer a unique version of its Manero ChronoPerpetual presented in a 42.5 mm by 14.3 mm white gold case. The complexity of combining both a perpetual calendar and chronograph with flyback is quite high, making this a very complicated timepiece to manufacture. The perpetual calendar displays the date, day, month, year, moon phase and leap year without requiring correction until the year 2100. And the chronograph counts hours, minutes and seconds, as well as offering a flyback function for instantaneous restarting of the chronograph seconds hand. The Carl F. Bucherer Manero ChronoPerpetual timepiece is finished with a hand-stitched Louisiana alligator brown leather strap and white gold pin buckle. (Ref. 00.10907.02.33.99) Read more about this timepiece on WatchTime.

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Carl F. Bucherer CentralChrono

Carl F. Bucherer presents the Manero CentralChrono with both minutes and seconds displayed via central hands. Chronograph seconds are commonly displayed via a central hand, whereas chronograph minutes typically are not. In this case, both chronograph seconds and minutes are shown via central hands. This unique configuration results in better legibility when reading the chronograph time. The Manero CentralChrono is powered by the CFB 1967 caliber. The 47 jewel Swiss made self-winding caliber runs at 28,800 vph and has a power reserve of 44-hours. Functions include chronograph central minutes and seconds counters; date (at 6 o'clock), 24-hour (at 9 o'clock), hours, minutes, small seconds (at 3 o'clock). The case is stainless steel and measures 42.5 mm by 14.24 mm. A domed sapphire crystal with a reflective coating on both sides protects the dial. Caseback with sapphire crystal allowing a view

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Carl F. Bucherer Patravi Travelgraph Baselworld 2011

Introduced at Baselworld 2011, the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelGraph combines two popular functions, a chronograph and GMT. The movement is an ETA, however, CFB has invested over a million dollars in the development of in-house GMT and chronograph modules which have been added to the base movement. The resulting caliber is called the CFB 1901. The caliber 1901 has a second time zone function (GMT) that is displayed by the red hand and a bi-directional 24-hour bezel (similar to a number of GMT watches, the TravelGraph displays a third time zone). The local time is displayed by the central hour hand, and can be set without affecting the timekeeping because the movement continues to run even while the setting mechanism is used (the date also moves in relation to hour hand). The 1901 not only features a GMT

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Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec FourX

The Patravi TravelTec FourX is the newest version of the Patravi collection by Carl F. Bucherer. One of the coolest functions of this watch is the ability to show three time zones simultaneously. The third time zone can be set using a single push-button mechanism for which a patent is pending. The watch uses an exotic blend of palladium, titanium, ceramics and rubber. The case is nicely sized at 46.6 mm in diameter and 15.5 mm thick. The movement is an automatic Caliber 1901.1 with 39 jewels and a 42 hour power reserve. What really makes this watch so special and distinguishes it from other TravelTec models, is the skeleton dial. Interestingly, it has a small window inlaid in the side of the case that allows you to view the TravelTec mechanism.

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