Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback Retro Watch

By Dhananjay Pathak

The Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback watch was introduced during baselworld 2016. The addition of this watch brought a slightly sporty flavor to the Manero collection from the brand that generally comprises of elegant looking timepieces. And while the brand has been constantly adding new dial variations to the Manro Flyback watch, it has always leaned more towards the dressy side of things. The Manero Flyback Retro is the latest and what looks like the sportiest variant of the flyback series yet. So, without further ado let’s have a closer look.

The main highlight on the Carl F Bucherer Manero Flyback is its dial which has a bicompax layout making it free of unnecessary clutter and quite readable for a watch with a chronograph complication. There is quite a lot of information on offer, starting from the tachymeter scale on the outermost periphery of the dial, followed by the minute track and the applied hour markers and finally ending with the chronograph sub-dials at 3 and 9. But what makes the Manero Flyback Retro special is the nice use of colors on this watch. The dial is black in color and has a beautiful sunburst finish to it, implying that it will play really well with the light and would exhibit different shades of black depending upon the lighting conditions. The faceted hour markers, the dauphine shaped hour and minute hands and the slightly sunken sub-dials, all have a steel finish to them providing an excellent contrast against the black backdrop. And finally giving the dial its sporty demeanor is the excellent use of the color red which can be on the 60 minute marking on the tachymeter scale, the ring separating the minute markings and the tachymeter scale, the chronograph seconds hand and finally the “FLYBACK” text above the date window at 6.

The case on the Manero Flyback Retro is 43mm wide and has a height of 14.45 making it a rather large watch, but the curved lugs should make for a comfortable stance on the wrist. The case is made out of 316l stainless steel and exhibits a nice interplay of brushed and polished finishes. Water resistance is marked at 30 meters, which is quite petty, but is acceptable for a watch of this type.

Powering the watch is the CFB 1970 caliber, a column wheel based movement with a flyback function. It operates at a frequency of 4Hz, offering a power reserve of a modest 42 hours. And just in case you are unaware of how a flyback works here is quick brief up on the same. The flyback function basically helps in measuring successive time intervals without losing any time in between and this happens by a single click of the pusher at 2 which starts, stops, resets and restarts the chronograph all in one go. As for the rest of the chronograph functions, there is a central chronograph seconds hand and a 30 minute counter at 3. The movement is decently decorated and can be looked from the sapphire crystal exhibition case back.

The Carl F Bucherer Manero Flyback Retro is a handsome looking sports chronograph and is worthy addition to the existing Manero Flyback line up offering some nice vintage styling in a modern package. The watch would come fitted with a perforated brown kudu-leather strap and would retail at a price of $6900. For more info, visit Carl F. Bucherer online.