BY HARLAN CHAPMAN-GREEN
Purchasing a Carl F. Bucherer is making a statement about the types of watches you like. They’re an unusual, inspired choice in the world of modern-day watches, offering some handsome timepieces at generally reasonable prices. Six years ago, the Manero Flyback Chronograph arrived on the scene and impressed with its design and quality. Now, for 2022, it’s back in a smaller style that still packs a quality punch.
Shrinking from 43mm to 40mm x 14.45mm has done positively for the Manero Flyback Chronograph. It’s got the same proportions as the larger models, with elegant pushers standing proud of the highly polished stainless steel case.
The dials are equally elegant, with either black, white or silver colourways being the options of the day. The silver versions come with coloured subdials of which you can choose between black, red or blue. The white and black dial watches look the most elegant thanks in part to their gold hands and applied markers.
The other versions also look good and have silver hands and markers. You’ll undoubtedly have noticed by now that the colour of the watch strap changes depending on which dial you go for, in this regard, the red and blue subdial versions stand out the most with their colour-on-white fabric straps.
Inside all the watches is the calibre 1973, a proprietary movement made for the Manero Flyback Chronograph with La-Joux Perret. It’s automatically wound with a 4Hz beat rate and a 56-hour power reserve. It’s also on display through the sapphire crystal caseback with the Carl F. Bucherer logo looking a lot like the 17″ OEM wheels from a Chevrolet Corvette C4. It’s eye-catching, to say the least, as is the blue column wheel controlling the chronograph. The flyback function allows the chronograph to be reset while it’s running, which is neat.
Thankfully, none of these 40mm watches are a limited edition run which seems to be a rarity these days. They cost CHF6,800 each.
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