Carl F. Bucherer: Tradition Meets Innovation
Carl F. Bucherer has been a family-owned manufacturer for over 130 years and has enriched the watch world with innovations like the peripheral rotor. Top models from this brand feature a tourbillon and minute repeater with peripheral technology.
Family-Owned Since 1888
Located in Lucerne, Switzerland, luxury watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer has over 130 years of history to look back on. Furthermore, it is one of the few Swiss watch companies still owned by its founder's descendants.
This wealth of experience leaves its mark on each and every Carl F. Bucherer creation. Classically elegant men's and women's watches dominate the manufacturer's portfolio. Most timepieces take design cues from icons of the company's history. Many models boast complications such as tourbillons, flyback chronographs, or perpetual calendars. You can find these timepieces in the Heritage, Manero, and Adamavi collections.
For a sportier, more modern touch, you should consider the Patravi collection. There's also the Pathos series with exquisite watches featuring intricate decorations or diamonds.
Carl F. Bucherer has also contributed many significant technological innovations to the watch world. One example is the in-house caliber A1000 with a peripheral rotor, which debuted in 2008. This was followed by a peripheral tourbillon in 2018 and the MR3000 in 2021. The latter features a peripheral minute repeater in addition to its peripheral rotor and tourbillon.
Reasons to Buy a Carl F. Bucherer Watch
- Large selection of classically elegant timepieces
- Top models with complications like a tourbillon, minute repeater, or perpetual calendar
- Innovative calibers with peripheral technology
- Patravi collection: distinctive sporty tool watches
- Men's and women's models
Prices at a Glance: Carl F. Bucherer Watches
|Model, reference number||Price (approx.)||Material, features|
|Manero Minute Repeater Symphony, 00.10925.03.63.01||409,000 USD||Rose gold, tourbillon, minute repeater, peripheral technology|
|Patravi TravelTec Four X Limited Edition, 00.10620.22.93.01||42,000 USD||Rose gold, ceramic, titanium, three time zones, chronograph, date, limited run of 125 pieces|
|Patravi ChronoDate Annual, 00.10619.03.33.01||18,500 USD||Rose gold, chronograph, large date, annual calendar|
|Manero Flyback, 00.10919.03.33.01||13,000 USD||Rose gold, flyback chronograph, date|
|Manero AutoDate, 00.10915.03.13.01||11,000 USD||Rose gold, date|
|Patravi ScubaTec, 00.106126.96.36.199||10,500 USD||Rose gold & stainless steel, water-resistant to 500 m (50 bar, 1,640 ft), date|
|Adamavi, 00.10312.03.15.01||5,700 USD||Rose gold, date|
|Manero CentralChrono, 00.10910.08.33.21||3,600 USD||Stainless steel, chronograph, central minute counter, date|
|Manero AutoDate, 00.10915.08.13.21||2,800 USD||Stainless steel, date|
How much do Carl F. Bucherer watches cost?
Prices for vintage Carl. F. Bucherer watches begin below 600 USD on Chrono24. Most of these timepieces date back to the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. You'll also find quartz watches from the 1980s and 90s in this price range.
More recent models sell for upwards of 1,300 USD. The most affordable options are simple three-hand watches from the Adamavi collection. Entry-level Manero and Patravi timepieces demand between 2,900 and 3,600 USD. If you're looking for one of the manufacturer's latest watches with a second time zone, triple calendar, or flyback chronograph, be prepared to spend anywhere from 5,800 to 11,000 USD.
Timepieces with grand complications, such as a perpetual calendar, tourbillon, or minute repeater, require much larger investments of between 23,000 and 60,000 USD. Finally, especially intricate top models often surpass the 350,000-USD mark.
Manero: Elegant and Complex
Watches in the Manero collection stand out with their timeless elegance. This series also contains some of the manufacturer's most complicated timepieces, including the Manero Minute Repeater Symphony. Carl F. Bucherer outfits this watch with the caliber CFB MR3000, a movement with three peripheral components: the rotor, the minute tourbillon at 12 o'clock, and the minute repeater's regulator at 6. Cutouts in the dial at 5 and 7 o'clock provide a view of the gongs on either side of the regulator. This 43.8-mm rose gold masterpiece is limited to a run of 88 pieces and has a list price of 380,000 CHF (approx. 409,000 USD).
If you can do without a minute repeater, you should take a closer look at the Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral. It has the same dial layout and, thanks to the caliber CFB T3000, boasts a peripheral rotor and peripheral minute tourbillon. Carl F. Bucherer produces this model in yellow, white, and rose gold. You can call one of these timepieces your own for around 70,500 USD.
Other technological highlights include the Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition and Manero ChronoPerpetual. The former impresses with a tourbillon at 6 o'clock, a power reserve indicator at 9, and a 24-hour display at 12. A central pointer date completes the black, brown, or white dial. The manufacturer lists this rose gold watch for 98,800 USD.
The Manero ChronoPerpetual combines a perpetual calendar and moon phase display with a flyback chronograph. You can find stainless steel editions on Chrono24 for as little as 18,500 USD. Versions with a rose gold case cost about twice as much.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero With a Stopwatch Function
The Manero collection is home to two more chronographs: the Manero Flyback and Manero CentralChrono. Both come with mushroom-shaped push-pieces, subdials at 3 and 9 o'clock, and a date at 6. The main differences are in the details. For example, the Manero Flyback's subdials serve as a minute counter and small seconds. It also has a tachymeter scale around its dial's outer edge, lending this timepiece a sporty touch. Its namesake flyback function is yet another feature that sets this model apart.
On the Manero CentralChrono, the subdials are a small seconds and 24-hour display. You can track the elapsed minutes using an additional central hand.
Both watches are available with different dial options. Prices for a CentralChrono in stainless steel vary by dial color and range from 3,600 to 4,700 USD. Be sure to have between 4,200 and 5,800 USD on hand for a stainless steel Manero Flyback. The rose gold editions cost significantly more at roughly 13,000 USD.
Manero AutoDate and Peripheral
Carl F. Bucherer also produces classically elegant, no-frills Manero dress watches. The Manero AutoDate series is remarkably comprehensive and contains men's and women's watches in stainless steel, gold, and two-tone combinations of steel and gold. Its design is inspired by timepieces from the 1960s and features sunburst dials, applied wedge-shaped indices, and dauphine hands. The date window occupies its traditional position at 3 o'clock. Depending on which case material and dial color you select, a Manero AutoDate will set you back anywhere from 2,800 to 11,000 USD.
The Manero AutoDate Love is a particularly colorful line. You can choose from models with mother-of-pearl dials, petrol blue sunburst dials, or red dials flecked with gold dust. Another unique feature is the small seconds with a leafy pattern at 6 o'clock. The hour marker at 8 o'clock is also a leaf. A matching leather strap or stainless steel, gold, or two-tone bracelet holds this timepiece securely on the wrist. While the AutoDate Love rarely appears on Chrono24, its official list prices range from 3,600 USD for a stainless steel edition on a leather strap to 14,400 USD for a rose gold model with 62 diamonds on its bezel.
The Manero Peripheral exudes the same simple elegance as the AutoDate. The only visual difference between these two models is the design of the small seconds at 6 o'clock. However, it's inside the 40 or 43-mm case that the Manero Peripheral truly shines thanks to the caliber CFB A2050 with a peripheral rotor. Carl F. Bucherer offers this timepiece in rose gold or stainless steel and with a black, white, or blue dial. There are also options with a white or brown mother-of-pearl dial. You can find stainless steel editions for sale on Chrono24 for about 5,900 USD. Prices for rose gold models sit around 13,000 USD.
Carl F. Bucherer Manero PowerReserve
The CFB A1011 powers the Manero PowerReserve. This movement has a peripheral rotor and a 55-hour power reserve, which you can keep track of using the display at 3 o'clock. Other functions include a small seconds at 6, a day display at 9, and a large date at 11 o'clock. The case comes in rose gold or stainless steel. You can choose from a black or white sunburst dial or a gradient dial in green or blue. Be sure to have roughly 6,300 USD on hand for the stainless steel edition. Gold versions generally change hands for approximately 14,000 USD.
Patravi: Watches for Sports and Travel
The Patravi is by far the sportiest collection in Carl F. Bucherer's catalog. This is especially true of the watches in the ScubaTec and TravelTec lines.
As you may have guessed, the ScubaTec is a series of diving watches. The men's edition is 44.6 mm in diameter, water-resistant to 500 m (50 bar, 1,640 ft), and comes with an automatic helium escape valve. Bucherer also offers a women's version. This watch has a 36.5-mm case and water resistance to 200 m (20 bar, 656 ft) but lacks a helium escape valve.
No matter which version you choose, it will have large sword hands and applied wedge indices, both filled with luminous material. Furthermore, the unidirectional bezel is outfitted with a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel insert.
Carl F. Bucherer produces the men's ScubaTec in stainless steel, rose gold, or a two-tone combination of both materials. All three options are available with a black or blue dial. Exceptions include the ScubaTec Black and ScubaTec Black Manta, which feature cases made of titanium with a black coating. The women's watch only comes in stainless steel with a white dial. The manufacturer equips the men's timepieces with the chronometer-certified caliber CFB 1950.1. The caliber inside the women's edition lacks COSC certification.
Prices for a men's ScubaTec watch range from 5,200 to 11,000 USD on Chrono24, depending on the exact edition. ScubaTec women's watches cost between 3,000 and 4,700 USD.
Carl F. Bucherer TravelTec: For Globetrotters
The TravelTec series has been part of Carl F. Bucherer's portfolio since the early 2000s. In addition to a chronograph with hour and minute counters at 6 and 9 o'clock, this watch can display three time zones at once. The central hour and minute hands combine with the small seconds at 3 to show the local time, while an additional central hand and two 24-hour scales around the outside of the dial indicate the two GMT times. The outermost scale is stationary, and the inner scale can be adjusted forward or backward in one-hour increments using the push-piece at 10 o'clock. A sapphire crystal window on the left side of the case provides a view of this mechanism at work. A date at 4:30 completes the TravelTec's functionality.
Carl F. Bucherer manufactures numerous versions of the TravelTec. For example, there are 46.6-mm editions in stainless steel or rose gold. There's also the TravelTec Black, whose stainless steel case is coated in a layer of black DLC. The TravelTec Four X is yet another option. This model combines a rose gold or palladium case with a black ceramic bezel, titanium push-pieces, and a skeletonized dial. In 2015, the manufacturer celebrated the TravelTec's 10th anniversary with the release of the TravelTec II. This 47.6-mm stainless steel timepiece shares its technology with the other models but has a stationary 24-hour scale located on its bezel rather than its dial.
The TravelTec II is this series' most affordable model at roughly 7,100 USD. Prices for a stainless steel TravelTec fall between 8,900 and 10,500 USD on Chrono24. Gold editions cost about 37,500 to 40,000 USD. The TravelTec Four X will set you back between 35,000 and 42,500 USD.
Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ChronoDate and AutoDate
If you're on the market for a watch that's as elegant as it is sporty, look no further than the Patravi ChronoDate and AutoDate lines. The ChronoDate is a chronograph with subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o'clock and a large date at 12. The men's edition measures 44.6 mm in diameter and comes in stainless steel. The 40-mm version is mainly geared toward women. Carl F. Bucherer also crafts these watches from stainless steel but outfits them with diamond-studded bezels and mother-of-pearl dials in various pastel tones. Those who prefer gold watches should consider the ChronoDate Annual. This timepiece boasts an annual calendar in addition to its oversized date and chronograph. You can easily recognize this model by the month display at 4:30.
Be sure to set aside around 4,500 to 5,200 USD for a men's ChronoDate in stainless steel. The women's edition demands approximately 2,900 USD. Finally, a gold ChronoDate requires an investment of roughly 18,500 USD.
The Patravi AutoDate is the collection's most basic model. This three-hand watch's reserved design makes it a fantastic choice for daily wear, whether you're at the office or out on the town. The manufacturer offers this timepiece in three sizes – 27, 34, and 38 mm – so there's something for every wrist. You can choose between stainless steel models and two-tone editions in a combination of steel and rose gold. Some versions also feature diamonds on their bezels. Depending on the size and material, you can expect to pay between 2,100 and 4,800 USD for a Patravi AutoDate.
Adamavi: Timeless Dress Watches
The Adamavi collection is a series of elegant dress watches with round cases, straight lugs, narrow dauphine hands, and classic dials. For the hour markers, there are models with Roman numerals, Arabic numerals, or simple line indices. Most Adamavi watches come with a date display at 3 o'clock. Exceptions include versions with a small seconds at 6. Carl F. Bucherer outfits the majority of these timepieces with automatic calibers, though variants with manual or quartz calibers are also available.
At 28, 31, or 39 mm in diameter, the Adamavi collection contains plenty of options for men and women alike. You can often even find his-and-her partner sets with matching watches. The cases come in stainless steel, rose gold, or a two-tone mix of steel and gold.
Prices for Adamavi watches on Chrono24 range from about 1,100 USD for a quartz-powered stainless steel model to around 5,700 USD for a gold timepiece with an automatic caliber.
Carl F. Bucherer Adamavi FullCalendar
In 2021, Carl F. Bucherer introduced a new member to the Adamavi family: the Adamavi FullCalendar. As its name implies, this watch features a full (or triple) calendar with displays for the date, day, and month. However, it cannot account for differing month lengths, meaning you have to manually adjust the calendar display at the end of every month with fewer than 31 days.
The Adamavi FullCalendar's month and day appear in windows below 12 o'clock, while an additional central hand points to the current date. A moon phase display at 6 o'clock completes the dial.
This 39-mm stainless steel watch is available with a silver or black dial. You can also choose between an alligator leather strap or stainless steel bracelet.
At the time of writing, the Carl F. Bucherer Adamavi FullCalendar was difficult to find on Chrono24. However, the manufacturer sells this model for 3,800 USD on a leather strap or 4,200 USD on a metal bracelet.
Pathos and Alacria: Statement-Making Timepieces
The Pathos collection is mainly geared toward a feminine audience. Most of these watches have rectangular cases, though there are some round editions as well. Defining features shared by all Pathos watches are a relatively small size of 21 to 34 mm and fine decorations on the case and bezel. Furthermore, precious stones often adorn their gold, stainless steel, or two-tone cases.
Most Pathos watches for sale on Chrono24 are older editions that cost between 3,500 and 10,500 USD. More recent models like the Pathos Diva and Pathos Queen remain a rare sight. List prices for these timepieces range from 3,500 to 28,200 USD.
Non-Round Watches: Carl F. Bucherer Alacria
The Alacria is yet another collection of women's watches. These timepieces bear a strong resemblance to the Cartier Tank thanks to their oblong cushion-shaped cases, rectangular dials, and Roman numerals. Carl F. Bucherer crafts each case out of stainless steel or rose gold. Like the Pathos series, most of these watches also boast diamonds and other gemstones. Finally, their power comes from precise quartz calibers.
Despite having been discontinued, you can still find Alacria watches for sale on Chrono24. Prices for most models range from 1,500 to 30,500 USD; however, the most elaborately decorated editions can easily cost upwards of 115,000 USD.
The History of Carl F. Bucherer
The history of the Carl F. Bucherer brand dates back to 1888, when Carl Friedrich Bucherer opened a specialty watch and jewelry shop in Lucerne, Switzerland. Bucherer initially produced conventional pocket watches before introducing his first collection of women's wristwatches in 1919. He was among the first watchmakers to add genuine wristwatches to their portfolio.
In the 1940s, the company produced their first chronographs under the leadership of Carl Friedrich's sons, Ernst and Carl Eduard Bucherer. The company also began specializing in chronometers. What's more, Bucherer was part of the consortium that developed the first Swiss quartz caliber, the Beta 21.
Jörg G. Bucherer became the third generation of Bucherers to lead the company in 1976. As of 2021, Jörg remains the chairman of the company's board of directors. The Carl F. Bucherer brand launched in 2001 and has been operating as Bucherer Montres S.A., an independent company within the Bucherer group, since 2003. In September 2021, the business made headlines when it signed Nico Hischier, forward for the New Jersey Devils and the youngest captain in the NHL, as a brand ambassador. In promotional material, Hischier dons several different models, including a Manero Flyback.