In late 2018, Carl F. Bucherer revealed the Tourbillon Double Peripheral Limited Edition as the launch point for the new Heritage Collection meant to commemorate the company’s 130-year history of involvement in the fake watch industry as a jeweler and watchmaker. According to the brand, the Heritage Collection would function as a tentpole range of exclusively limited-edition timepieces that feature a variety of complications. At Baselworld this year, the Lucerne-based firm unveiled the BiCompax Annual Chronograph, a new watch that comes in two different case materials and dial treatments.
Combining an annual calendar with a chronograph, the 41-mm watch is available in either stainless steel with a silver dial and a panda-style dial orientation or in two-tone rose gold with a rose-and-champagne dial. The annual calendar indicator eschews a day of the week and leap year display and instead only features a big date indicator in the upper half of the dial and a month aperture tucked between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Carl F. Bucherer says that the watch is directly inspired by a 34-mm bicompax chronograph from 1956 that was found in the brand’s archives. Other noteworthy details include the usage of attractive syringe hands filled with Super-LumiNova, vintage-style Arabic numerals, elongated chronograph pushers, box-style sapphire crystal, and the usage of a black rubber strap for the panda dial and a cognac brown calfskin strap for the champagne-dialed, two-tone model. The movement offered inside is automatic Caliber CFB 1972 (ETA base with a Dubois Dépraz module) that offers up a 42-hour power reserve.
Combining an annual calendar with a chronograph definitely isn’t unheard of as makers such as Patek Philippe,replica Panerai,Ulysse Nardin, and Montblanc have all released such models incorporating the two complications over the past few years; however, all of those models come at quite a premium. At $7,200 in stainless steel and $10,200 in its two-tone design, the Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Calendar offers a strong value proposition in addition to its appealing good looks and functional complications. It’s limited to 888 pieces in each design.