Since it was founded in 1888, Carl F. Bucherer has been at home in Lucerne, one of Switzerland’s most picturesque cities. The new Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition pays a unique tribute to its home town Lucerne and 16 important cities in nine different countries.
Boasting its Swiss origin, the brand presents eight Heritage Bicompax Annual Hometown watch models to pay homage to some great places in its home country: Lucerne, Basel, Bern, Geneva, St. Gallen, Zermatt, and Zurich.
Two of Switzerland’s neighboring countries, Austria and France, are represented by Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Editions dedicated to Vienna and Paris, respectively.
Furthermore, models have also been created to honor two German cities, Berlin and Munich. Rounding out the offering are five other global capitals: Beijing, London, Mumbai, New York, and Tokyo.
What makes each watch so special is a compelling 3-D-look engraving on the case back’s sapphire crystal, which is dedicated to its specific hometown.
For example, the Lucerne Edition features that city’s landmark Chapel Bridge, while tribute is paid to Tokyo with its skyline and Mount Fuji in the background.
The Heritage BiCompax Annual Beijing’s case back is engraved with the city’s Tiananmen Square landmark. Each edition is distinguished by a one-of-a-kind case-back crystal with a similarly iconic and identifiable monument to its respective city.
The Hometown Edition watches are also presented in different colors. The watches feature gradient dials, which means that the center of the dial is silver and gradually transforms to darker shades of the corresponding color toward the outside of the dial.
With their sunray brushed surfaces, they have been crafted in five different colors. In a choice of yellow, brown, burgundy, green, and mint, these dials are works of art in their own right.
They deliver an impressive amount of information at a glance: along with the rhodium-plated central hour and minute hands, which are filled with black Super-LumiNova, there is a central chronograph seconds hand, a tachymeter scale, and a big date aperture at 12 o’clock, as well as the annual calendar’s month indicator between the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock positions.
The black small seconds and chronograph subdials offer a bold contrast to the color of the dial. The watches are presented on a two-tone perforated calfskin leather strap with stitching whose color matches the dial.
Along with the distinctive engraved silhouette of each hometown’s defining landmark, the Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition’s case backs include the name of the city and the phrase “1 out of 88”.
The hometown watches dedicated Beijing will be individually numbered and are limited to 188 pieces.
Each of the dedicated Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition watches is an interpretation of Carl F. Bucherer’s popular Heritage BiCompax Annual watch, which was introduced in 2018. It took its design inspiration from one of the brand’s archival pieces dating back to the 1950s.
Combining vintage flair with contemporary features, it was a perfect expression of the brand’s heritage. With symmetrically arranged chronograph counters positioned on the dial’s horizontal central axis and a tachymeter scale framing the dial, this timepiece generated an enthusiastic response and has become one of Carl F. Bucherer’s most coveted watches.
Collection: Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition
Automatic, CFB 1972 caliber, diameter 30 mm, height 7.3 mm, 47 jewels, power reserve 42 hours
Chronograph: minutes and seconds counters, annual calendar, big date, hour, minute, small seconds, tachymeter scale
Case: Stainless steel, double-domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, case back with engraved sapphire crystal (skyline of the hometown), water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m), diameter 41 mm, height 14.15 mm
Graded shades of either yellow, brown, burgundy, green, or mint (depending on the watch) with black counters, 10 Arabic numerals (numerals 6 and 12 in black SLN)
Black calfskin leather strap with either flanks and stitches in yellow, brown, burgundy, green, or mint (depending on the watch) and with a quick release system, stainless steel pin-lock folding clasp
88 pieces (1 out of 88) for all watches except the Beijing watches, which are limited and 188 pieces and individually numbered
Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Editions
- Basel Edition with Burgundy dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.87
- Beijing Edition with Green dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.91
- Beijing Edition with Burgundy dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.88
- Berlin Edition with Green dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.86
- Bern Edition with Green dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.93
- Genève Edition with Burgundy dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.97
- London Edition with Green dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.92
- Luzern Edition with Brown dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.85
- Mumbai Edition with Green dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.89
- München Edition with Yellow dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.96
- New York Edition with Green dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.81
- Paris Edition with Brown dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.84
- St. Gallen Edition with Green dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.94
- Tokyo Edition with Mint dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.82
- Wien Edition with Mint dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.95
- Zermatt Edition with Brown dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.98
- Zürich Edition with Green dial, reference 00.10803.08.92.99