Carl F. Bucherer plunges into its files and breathes new life into a 1956 bi-compax chronograph with the arrival of the Heritage BiCompax Annual. Created in two restricted versions of 888 pieces, the Heritage BiCompax Annual is the second individual from the Heritage Line intended to exhibit the brand’s innovation housed in plans roused by watches from the mid-20th century. Returned to in a 41mm format, the Heritage BiCompax Annual honors its forbear yet pops an annual schedule in with the general mish-mash. Two truly attractive complications in a faultlessly snappy bundle at a value that has nothing to do with other Maisons capable at these combinations, we were sufficiently fortunate to get a few active time with this remarkable retro revival.
Flashback to 1956
While occasions like Switzerland winning the first Eurovision Song Contest may be best be forgotten, 1956 was additionally the year Carl F. Bucherer presented its 34mm bi-compax chronograph. Effectively on top of things with its two-tone esthetics, the chronograph accompanied a gold-plated case and a ‘salmon’ pink dial with projecting rectangular push pieces and a huge crown. The juxtaposition of a fancy gold managed case and device watch functionality obviously situated the model as an exquisite men of their word’s chronograph.
Fast-forward to 2019
Presented in a decision of two-tone steel and rose gold or steel with a panda-style dial, the state of the case is like the 1956 model however has been expanded to 41mm, a distance across that is more on top of the occasions yet which idealists actually should seriously think about 2mm too huge – still, it remains effectively wearable. The new watch has acquired the rectangular chronograph pushers of its precursor however replicated in a more adapted adaptation. The pushers are lower in stature and feature adjusted, cleaned surfaces that look more rich than the sharp Lego block pushers of the first. The case finishes are beautiful with a cleaned bezel, crown, and pushers, and differentiating silk brushed case groups and lugs.
Although the two forms play the vintage card incredibly well, the two-tone rose gold and steel, with its warm rose/champagne dial, was my favorite and the nearest in soul to the first. For others in the MONOCHROME group with to a lesser extent a preference for two-tone watches, the all-steel form with its dark aggregators and sportier more specialized vibe was their favorite. To solidify the energetic state of mind of the steel model, the watch comes on an embellished elastic tie while the more exquisite and hotter rose gold and steel comes on an earthy colored calfksin tie, both with a steel folding pin buckle.
Reminiscent of watches from the 1950s, the dial is secured by an articulated twofold domed gem, for this situation, produced using sapphire and treated with hostile to reflective coating. The dial is the place where the retro soul truly comes forward. The design of the dial is for all intents and purposes indistinguishable from the previous model with its snailed bi-compax counters at 3 and 9 o’clock (dark for the steel and brilliant for the two-tone), needle hour and moment hands filled with lume, and the overly cool retro Arabic hour numerals (simply look at how exquisite the 6 and 12 numerals look!) interestingly, the first twofold telemeter scales have been supplanted with a tachymeter scale and the logo and company name have changed position and been modernised.
Bucherer might have been content with a faithful re-version of its 1956 bi-compax chrono for the eager for vintage market, yet since the point of the Heritage Line is to flaunt the brand’s specialized ability, the watch flaunts an annual schedule module on top of the programmed chrono development. What is astounding however is the manner in which this extra function has been astutely joined without polluting the persuading retro vibe.
Admittedly, one feature of a customary annual schedule – the day of the week – has been stifled, no uncertainty for the sake of decipherability and style. The two schedule signs are the large date window just beneath early afternoon and an attentive rectangular gap held up somewhere in the range of 4 and 5 o’clock for the month. Since they are overseen by an annual schedule complication beneath, they will just need one change a year. As you probably are aware, an annual schedule naturally represents a long time with 30 and 31 days and just should be changed toward the finish of February.
If you take a gander at the large date and month windows, you will see the degree of detail that has gone into them with their inclined frames laid out in dark and featured on the inside with a slight brilliant or silver line, contingent upon the model. The fact that the foundation is dark, and the numerals and month white, makes them simple to peruse. The utilization of lume likewise helps readability immensely and notwithstanding the hour and moment hands, there is a little mass of lume underneath the Arabic numerals.
Movement CFB 1972
The watch is fitted with a programmed ETA-based (2894) chronograph base development with an additional annual schedule module and a force hold of 42 hours. Clearly, the brand’s unique fringe rotor has not been utilized on this development however the sapphire precious stone caseback uncovers an openworked rotor styled to coordinate the brand’s logo.
I appreciate the manner in which Bucherer has caught the vintage air of its 1956 model and figured out how to add an annual schedule without overpowering the dial. Given the chrono/schedule functionality, you need to concede that the dial is very readable and gives a significant exercise in limitation. The finishes are beautiful, with regards to the Bucherer family, despite the fact that I wish the development had a more extended force hold and more effort had gone into making it as “special” as the case and dial. The Heritage BiCompax Annual has a great deal continuing for it as far as functionality, style, and price.
Availability and Price
Both variants of the Heritage BiCompax Annual are restricted versions of 888 pieces. The steel and gold model will retail for CHF 10,500 and the steel model for CHF 6,900. More information is accessible at www. carl-f-bucherer.com .