The Bucherer Group’s chairman, and sole owner, Jörg G. Bucherer, owns a vintage 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Town Sedan with a remarkable history. The automobile had, in fact, originally belonged to his father, Carl Eduard Bucherer, who was the son of Carl Friedrich Bucherer, the founder and namesake of the prestigious Swiss watch manufacturer. The family car made quite an impression on young Jörg, who was 13 years old at the time. It was sold in 1952 and changed hands several times over the years, but Jörg G. Bucherer bought it back in 2013 and had it restored to its original glory. Now, 72 years later, it makes a profound impression on everyone who sees it navigating Switzerland’s highways and byways.
The Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Lucerne is a watch inspired by this vintage automobile that has played an important role in the lives of two generations of the Bucherer family. It is a fitting tribute from a great brand to its founding family and their cherished automobile. With its classic design appeal, its chronograph and annual calendar complications, this watch has a dial that will catch every eye in the room and is a stunning nod to the city of Lucerne.
A Brand’s Loving Tribute to Its Hometown
The Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Lucerne has a 41 mm stainless steel case presented on a multi-link Milanese stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp and a quick release system. In addition, it is delivered with a calfskin leather strap with a folding clasp, which also has a quick release system, so the look can be changed quickly and easily according to the wearer’s choice of outfit and plans for the day. The silver-colored dial on display through the double-domed sapphire crystal features light blue subdials with chronograph minutes and small seconds counters, which are complemented by a light blue ring with a tachymeter scale surrounding the dial. The light blue recalls the color of Jörg G. Bucherer’s lovingly restored automobile. The watch’s dial also boasts a month aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock and a bold big date window just below 12 o’clock.
An Innovative Chronograph Movement with an Annual Calendar
Although the Heritage BiCompax Annual Lucerne recalls some of the finest timepieces from an earlier era, the mechanical movement at the heart of the watch is a contemporary masterpiece. The CFB Caliber 1972 automatic chronograph has a power reserve of 42 hours, and its annual calendar complication accounts for different month lengths – 30 and 31 days – so the date only has to be corrected once a year, on March 1.
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