Founded in 1888, Bucherer has a diversified presence in the watch and jewelery industry. Manufacturer Carl F. In addition to producing luxury timepieces as Bucherer and having its own jewelry collections, Bucherer is the first and foremost retailer of these products. As one of the largest presences in this space, Bucherer operates dozens of retail locations across Europe, almost as many in the US under the Tourneau brand. In addition, since 2016, Bucherer has collaborated with some of the biggest manufacturers in the watch industry as part of its Bucherer Blue program to create exclusive blue-colored versions of their most famous and iconic models (blue is the color of the Bucherer company). For 2022, Bucherer Bleu Girard Perregaux and H. In collaboration with Moser & See, it created limited edition blue versions of the Three Flying Bridges and Streamliner Tourbillon, along with a blue rendition of the Time Fast Clock in the shape of a race car by L. ‘Ep.
The first is the Girard Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Bucherer BLUE, which reimagines the design of the model that debuted in 2021 to celebrate the brand’s partnership with British automotive manufacturer Aston Martin. The design of the watch is essentially a round 44mm bezel-less case made of titanium and its highly skeletonized movements are displayed between two sapphire crystals mounted on either side of the case. On top of that, the movement is skeletonized to showcase the brand’s signature Three Bridges design, so instead of the three parallel bridges, which are arranged in such a way that they seem to float in the case, the other visible parts are the various small parts that make up the watch’s movement, such as its mainspring barrel, gear train and tourbillon. Since it’s essentially skeletonized to three bridges and a pair of hands floating in a case, you might wonder how the company managed to incorporate the retailer’s signature blue edition color into its design, and the answer lies in the bridges.
Unlike the original Aston Martin Edition model, which has black PVD treated bridges to match its black DLC coated case, the new Girard Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Bucherer BLUE has its bridges finished in deep blue. In addition, the titanium case of the Bucherer Blue Edition features natural tones of metal rather than a black finish on its case and brushed side surfaces with a high polished finish on top of the lugs. Of note, while the tourbillon-equipped movement is about as low as you can get from a visual perspective, it is (surprisingly) actually a self-winding caliber running at a frequency of 21,600vph with a 60-hour power reserve. . Cleverly hidden behind the barrel is a micro-rotor that provides automatic winding convenience, yet allows the three blue-finished bridges of this exclusive Bucherer Blue Edition to sit on full display through both the front and back of the watch.
The other wristwatch in this year’s Bucherer Blue Limited Editions is the H. The Moser Streamliner Tourbillon Bucherer Blue marks the next step in the ongoing collaboration between these two independent family-run Swiss companies. The Streamliner became one of Moser’s most popular and instantly recognizable models, and H. Moser & Cie. As with past Bucherer Blue editions of the watches, the use of blue is subtle and restrained. Rather than going the obvious route of fitting a blue dial to an existing watch from the lineup, past models have incorporated Bucherer’s company color into parts of the movement, and the new H. Moser Streamliner Tourbillon features Bucherer Blue Moser’s signature gray smoke. Dial around the bezel set with 60 baguette-cut blue sapphires. Additionally, unlike a bluestone ring, the sapphires are cut and set so that they occupy the entire top surface of the cushion-shaped case, with the larger stones placed near the corners and the smaller ones near the edges. .
H. Moser & Cie. Just like the Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack launched at Geneva Watch Days 2022 earlier this year, the new H. Moser Streamliner Tourbillon Bucherer BLUE is a flying tourbillon version of the brand’s signature integrated bracelet sports watch. Powered by H. Moser’s internal call. HMC 804 double hairspring automatic movement that runs at 21,600vph and offers users a three-day power reserve, the H. Moser Streamliner Tourbillon Bucherer Blue has a 40mm case with a screw-down crown at the 3 o’clock position. Helps provide 120 meters of water resistance. However, rather than being crafted entirely from solid 5N red gold like the model that debuted at Geneva Watch Days, the new Streamliner Tourbillon Bucherer Blue’s case and bracelet are constructed from stainless steel, and the sapphire-set bezel is a first for Moser. The highly successful Streamliner collection, traditionally characterized by its smooth radial-brushed bezel, blends seamlessly into its integral bracelet.
Finally, completing the trio of new blue-themed releases for 2022 is the L’Epée 1839 Time Fast Bucherer BLUE, a bright blue, race car-shaped desk clock. L’Epée is known for its classic to exquisitely crafted watches, and the Time Fast is of the latter type, inspired by a 1950s single-seat race car. Designed by George Foster while a master’s student at the Swiss school Ecole Cantonal d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL), the original L’Epée Time Fast D8 debuted in 2019. The time is displayed by a set of rotating discs in a clear dome bubble that occupies where you would normally see the driver’s helmet, while the escapement is displayed in the car’s side window. In reference to children’s toy windup cars, the L’Epée Time Fast watch is wound by turning it back and forth, where the rotation of the rear wheels tightens the mainspring, which supplies the movement with a power reserve of 192 hours (8 days) once fully wound. While the original options in 2019 featured a dark blue color, this year’s Bucherer Blue Edition features the retailer’s much brighter signature color and turns the blue up a few extra notches with metallic blue rims and a matching blue grille on the front. of the car.
A trio of new Bucherer Blue timepieces will be available exclusively from Bucherer and each will be limited to just 18 pieces worldwide. As for pricing, the Girard Perregaux Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges Bücherer Blue comes with an official retail price. $167,000 USDBut the H. Moser Streamliner Tourbillon Bucherer Blue is priced $119,900 USDAnd L’Epée 1839 Time Fast Bucherer BLUE will be priced $34,000 USD. With the most affordable option being the $34k Toy Car Desk Clock and the other two options priced into six-figure territory, it goes without saying that these new Bucherer Blue releases are very premium additions to the retailer’s list of collaborations. However, given that there will only be 18 examples of each, I have no doubt that Bucherer will easily find buyers, especially given the company’s vast multi-national retail network. When you first hear about Bucherer Blue, the whole “make blue versions of the watches” concept is so thin that it gets old quickly. However, even if you know they’ll contain blue in some way, it’s always fun to see which timepieces are chosen to receive the Bucherer Blue treatment, to see how the retailer’s signature color is ultimately integrated. In these designs. For more information, please visit Brand’s website.