Consolidating its collections appears to the motto adopted by Carl F. Bucherer for this Baselworld 2015. The solid and evolutive models, most of them unveiled in 2014, are now welcoming a number of updates serving to assert the brand’s identity on both aesthetic and technical levels.
A refresh and new variations
Globally speaking, the 2015 models showcase mainly aesthetic differences. Carl F. Bucherer had already set the tone with a pre-Baselworld model: the red gold Patravi ScubaTec. This announcement heralded its wish to perfect existing models rather than to create new ones, after a prolific past 18 months notably including this ScubaTec line – a major launch for Carl F. Bucherer and its first diver’s watch.
Another underlying trend revealed by this ScubaTec was the increased presence of gold in the brand’s ranges. In the Pathos collection, the Diva and Queen lines will indeed from now on be offered in all pink-gold versions.
In most instances, the use of this noble metal for the entire case would have significantly increased the weight of the model and would sometimes have proved too much for a feminine piece that must remain slim and light on the wrist. It is here that the architecture of the Pathos collection takes on its full meaning. The alveolar structure of the case means it can be clothed in any metal – including the heaviest – without being unduly weighed down. The new Pathos 2015 models may thus appear clothed in solid pink gold while retaining their trademark lightness.
The “halo” of the Pathos appears in two variants, with either a wave-like or a filigree design. Its dial comes in a choice of mother-of-pearl or with pristine white ornamentation. The case will glow with the radiance of pure pink gold or sparkle with diamonds.
New casual, new chic
With modern-day travellers in mind, the Patravi line has been substantially renewed. The TravelTec FourX is joined by a new model, the TravelTec II, which picks up its main functions: triple time zone, date, time, chronometer certification. This reinterpretation is nonetheless distinctly more virile with an entirely redesigned steel case featuring taut lines and a broader 47.4 mm diameter. It also has the famous side opening associated with the Patravi TravelTec collection and which provides a glimpse of the complication built into the timepiece. It represents a signature feature of the self-winding CFB 1901.1 calibre. The nine applied hour-markers indicate the first time zone, while an outer ring framing the dial serves to read off the time in a second time zone, and the hour numerals of the third time zone appear directly on the bezel. As on previous models, the date may be adjusted in other direction and all functions are controlled via the crown alone.
For this new line, Carl. F. Bucherer has also developed a new bi-material strap featuring leather inserts stitched along the rubber surface.
On the chic side, the new Manero Tourbillon is primarily intended for devotees of contemporary haute horlogerie. It has been treated to a new chocolate-brown dial – a colour typical of Carl F. Bucherer and specially designed for it – teamed with selection of new chestnut brown or colourful leather straps. Just as with the other references in the collection, the model is issued in strictly limited 188-piece editions.
A first participation in Only Watch
Last but not least, Carl F. Bucherer is taking the opportunity of Baselworld 2015 to announce its first participation in Only Watch, the famous charity auction held every two years in Monaco. Based on its fundamental principle (a unique piece donated by each brand and auctioned off), Carl F. Bucherer will present a one-of-a-kind 42.5 mm-diameter white gold version of its Manero ChronoPerpetual.
The combination of a perpetual calendar and a flyback chronograph is a distinctive Carl F. Bucherer signature. The date of the auction, November 2015, will be engraved in red on the black dial, while the sapphire crystal case-back proclaims the unique nature of this creation: “Only Watch 2015 – Pièce unique – Fabriquée en Suisse”.