If you’re from Bern, Mumbai, or Paris, you’re in luck: Carl F. Bucherer has a watch for you. Their new Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Hometown Edition line features five different face colors as well as engraving on the back dedicated to one of 17 cities. The design is based on the Heritage BiCompax Annual, an annual calendar with chrono featuring a month window and big date.

Given the current mania for colored watches, these pieces are probably scratching all kinds of weird itches for a certain type of collector. While there’s no Tiffany blue, there are a few nice greens (cobra green is the darker style) and two tan/yellows.

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.
The company is making 88 of each city (188 for Beijing) and they’re going for a surprisingly cheap (and I mean this) $7,200 USD. A nice piece with annual calendar that can celebrate my love of St. Gallen? Sign me up.

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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