The luxury watchmaker keeps gradually introducing new members of its dressy Manero family. Already offering a simple three-hander AutoDate with a rudimentary calendar, as well as a more advanced Big Date model with a power reserve indicator, the Swiss-based premium brand now introduces its new Carl F. Bucherer Manero Moonphase (Ref. 00.10909.03.13.01) model in a precious rose gold body.
As the rest of the family, the new timekeeper is offered in a compact, discreet round case crafted from mirror-polished rose gold.
Its integrated horns are nicely curved and are short enough for the watch to look good even on a skinny wrist.
The chocolate-colored natural alligator leather strap leaves a lasting impression of quality and refinement: something that you will never encounter on less expensive models.
Around 38 millimeters in diameter, the body of the watch is only 10.85 millimeters high, which will certainly make it especially comfortable if you plan to wear the new Manero Moonphase with a long-sleeved shirt with tight cuffs.
The impressive thinness of the case comes courtesy of the in-house CFB caliber 1966 self-winding movement. Despite offering a moon phase complication as well as a full calendar, the caliber is only 5.2 millimeters thick and is just 26.2 millimeters in diameter.
Of course, in such a confined space there is not enough volume to place an extra-long mainspring, so the new Carl F. Bucherer Manero Moonphase offers a pretty much standard power reserve of at least 42 hours.
Well, if you plan to use the device as an everyday watch (something that CFB certainly has in mind,) that shouldn’t be a problem.
If, on the other hand, you intend to wear it only on special occasions, then you should either spend some more money on a quality winder, or be ready to set the watch all over again before wearing it.
Thanks to a set of pushers on its body, quick set up of the calendar and the moonphase display is nothing to worry about. The winding crown also seems to be of just the right size to quickly and efficiently supply the mainspring with enough energy to power the watch for the next day.
As you can see on the photos above and below, the satin-finished silver dial works as a perfect background for the rose gold hands and hour markers making it easy to grasp the timekeeper’s reading at any time of day and night!
Although in other watches dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands tend to come without any lume, this model (like, by the way, its sibling AutoDate) has its hands covered with thin lines of Superluminouva. The rose gold arrow-shaped hour markers are, too, accompanied with tiny dots of luminous substance right on the minute track.
The usual calendar wheel is replaced here with a short hand with a snakehead-shaped tip that points at a set of black, high-contrast Arabic numerals printed on the inner part of the dial.
Offered at a pretty high price of $12,900, this watch is by no means affordable, however, thanks to a high quality movement and a winning combination of legibility, style and understated elegance, it is certainly a must have, if you can’t imagine a dress watch without a full calendar.
Photos: Carl F. Bucherer
Carl F. Bucherer Manero Moonphase in Rose Gold (Ref. 00.10909.03.13.01) automatic wrist watch specification
Price: $12,900 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, CFB caliber 1966, 21 jewels, 26.2 mm x 5.2 mm, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day, month, moonphase
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Rose gold
Bezel material: Rose gold
Crown material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 38.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 10.85 mm
Hour markers: Rose gold with luminous dots
Hands: Dauphine-shaped, rose gold, luminous
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown Louisiana alligator leather strap with 18-carat rose gold pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective treatment on one side
Case back: Sapphire