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Gentleman, wear your enginePreview BASELWORLD 2017: The Manero Flyback

A gran turismo and a fine chronograph share a certain evocative style and sport pedigree. Their appeal is not merely aesthetic, both GT and timepiece ally sportiness with elegance and technical prowess. Carl F. Bucherer's Manero Flyback embodies these very same characteristics, and it has become the timepiece of choice for men who appreciate style and powerful performance and is thus hugely popular with gentlemen.

The traditional Lucerne-based brand now imbues this elegant timepiece with additional charisma in a new variant.

An Aristocratic Face

The dial of a watch is the face it presents to the viewer. As such, Carl F. Bucherer has equipped the Manero Flyback with an exceptionally superior dial in its latest iteration. Its gold and champagne-colored surface coordinates flawlessly with the warm rose gold of the case and is in complete harmony with the Manufacture's new golden brand identity that was launched last year. With this chromatic detail, the sole luxury watch manufacturer in the heart of Switzerland pays homage to its home town of Lucerne, with its proud baroque heritage. The base color of the new electroplated dial is a gleaming champagne gold, while the dial train and the two subsidiary dials stand out in a deeper golden hue. The seconds display at 9 o'clock and the stop minutes at 3 o'clock are recessed, and work with the peripheral flange – complete with tachometer scale – to accentuate the three-dimensional design of the dial. The harmony of the colors is perfected by the delicately faceted applied hour-markers and the hands in their rose gold hue. Superb lance-shaped hands display the time in typical Manero style, while the thinner hand indicates the chronograph seconds reading. The entire watch face is protected by a 4-millimeter high sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides, ensuring the time is easy to read from all angles. It arches and projects jauntily over the dial and bezel, literally crowning the whole timepiece with a truly elegant cockpit.

Rounded Shapes, Warm Colors

The sophisticated appearance of the watch is perfected by a classical round case measuring 43 mm in diameter, secured on the wrist by a cognac-color alligator leather strap complete with gold pin buckle. The mushroom-shaped pushers controlling the chronograph function highlight the classical style of the watch, while their large surface area offers practical advantages: the pressure point of the chronograph start and stop buttons can be felt with great precision, enabling particularly accurate timing.

A Very Special Power Unit

The same principles apply to the reset button for returning the chronograph hands to zero. In the Manero Flyback, this function does not operate solely after time measurement has ceased, as is normally the case with chronographs. The Caliber CFB 1970 is operated by a control wheel which also possesses a flyback function. This means that both chronograph hands can be reset to zero while the chronograph is still running, and thus a new measurement can be started without any intermediate delay in timing. Thanks to this function, a series of consecutive time measurements can be made one after the other. The new Manero Flyback is yet another timepiece that bears witness to the long years of experience that Carl F. Bucherer has been accumulating since 1888 in the heart of Switzerland.