The Perpetual Calendar was always a desired complication: the watch that needs no correction for the date is convenient and most of the times a beautiful timepiece. This is the case of the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Chronoperpetual – a flyback chronograph and perpetual calendar with leap year and moon phase (no manual correction necessary until the year 2100). This watch is available in 4 variants with different metal case and dial colour.
The Manero Chronoperpetual Ref. 00.10906.03.13.01 is a beautiful beast. Limited to 100 pieces, this watch comes in an 18k rose gold case with 42.5mm diameter and a height of 14.3mm. At this size, the Manero is easy to wear and can be a successful all day watch and if you don’t mind the complexity of the dial, a gorgeous dress watch.
The Manero Chronoperpetual has a complex dial: the small seconds and the date indication at 12 o’clock, the 30 minutes counter for the chronograph, the month and the leap year indication at 9 o’clock, the Chrono hours counter and the day indication at 6 o’clock and the moon phase at 3 o’clock.
The two tone silver-coloured dial has two luminescent dots for the 12 o’clock indication, one luminescent dot for the 3 & 6 o’clock indication and gold applied long edged pyramids for 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 & 11 o’clock.
The hour and minutes indication is done using dauphine polished gold hands with applied luminescent for a better visibility. The Chrono indicators and small seconds have black painted hands and the calendar function has gold hands.
The beautiful case has a mix of brushed and polished edges with gold Chrono pushers and gold crown with brand’s logo. On top, there is a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The screw case back has a sapphire crystal and offer a view to the automatic caliber CFB 1904. The case is water-resistant up to 30 m (3 atm).
Below a picture of the Ref. 00.10906.03.13.01 with a view to the case finishes, domed crystal and a part of the watch face: the different depths of the dial and subdials are visible.
This watch comes with a brown hand-stitched Louisiana alligator leather strap and 18 K rose gold pin buckle with logo.
The price for the Ref. 00.10906.03.13.01 is 41,900 CHF or 39,000 EURO.
The two-tone dark grey dial Ref. 00.10906.03.33.01 has the same characteristics with the silvered dial watch, the difference being only the dial colour configuration. The indexes, tachymeter indication and Chrono hands are white.
This watch is issued in only 100 pieces and comes with a black hand-stitched Louisiana alligator leather strap.
The silvered calendar subdials make the watch more interesting and easier to be read. In this way, the watch does not tend to become monotonous and dull.
The price for the Ref. 00.10906.03.33.01 is 41,900 CHF or 39,000 EURO.
Another 100 pieces limited series Ref. 00.10907.03.13.01, in 18k rose gold have a modified bezel that features the tachymeter – in this way the dial is more opened and the watch gains a more sporty look.
The dial of this watch has luminescent dots as hour indexes (two for 12 o’clock) and applied gold indexes for the hours except 12, 6 and 9 o’clock.
This sporty variant comes with the same type of Louisiana alligator leather strap.
The price for the Ref. 00.10907.03.13.01 is 41,900 CHF or 39,000 EURO.
The steel version of this watch, Ref. 00.10906.08.13.01 is limited to 150 pieces and has a two-tone silvered dial with steel applied indexes and steel hands.
The watch has the same combination of polished and brushed finishes as the gold version and a black hand-stitched Louisiana alligator leather strap.
The price for the Ref. 00.10906.08.13.01 is 27,900 CHF or 23,800 EURO.
Inside the Manero Chronoperpetual is the in-house automatic caliber CFB 1904: a diameter of 30 mm height 7.6 mm, 49 jewels and a power reserve of 50 hours.
This caliber comes with a 22k Rose gold rotor weight: bevelled satin-brushed and vertical-brushed surfaces.
The CFB1904 has the main plate with “perlage” finish and the bridges are a combination of a vertical brush finish with the satin-brushed (frost) finish. The edges are bevelled.
The pictures bellow show one of the Manero Prototype: Ref 10906.08.A
In 2011, Carl F. Bucherer joined forces with the American leather manufacturer Stallion, to create an unusual serie, Ref. 10906.03B: 30 pieces limited edition watch with a leather strap handcrafted in Il Paso Texas.
The watch has the chronograph subdials in dark grey.
The calfskin strap has a traditional floral pattern, a pattern that is also engraved on the golden case-back and on the rose gold pin buckle.
In 2015, Carl F. Bucherer created especially for the Only Watch charity Auction a special unique piece in 18k white gold with black dial – Reference number: 00.10907.02.33.99.
The Manero Chronoperpetual Ref. 00.10907.02.33.99, lot number 31, was sold for 46,000 CHF.
I would like to thank the Carl F. Bucherer team for the images and information. Please visit the Carl F. Bucherer Website for more information about the Manero Collection and their current Watch Collection. The watches can be seen and ordered in one of the Official Boutiques.
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