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Carl F. Bucherer Debuts Manero PowerReserve at Baselworld 2013

Carl F. Bucherer will present its latest Manero model, the Manero PowerReserve, at this spring’s Baselworld, the annual watch and jewelry fair in Switzerland.

A power reserve is one of watchmaking’s most practical complications because it lets the wearer keep track of the level of tension in the mainspring, so you know how much energy remains stored in the movement and how long your watch will run without winding. Because watches operate at optimal precision when wound to at least half of capacity, it’s important to keep your watch running in the ideal range.

With a power reserve of 55 hours on a full wind, the classic, 42.5mm stainless steel Manero PowerReserve ($11,000) displays the energy level in a semicircle at 3 o’clock. Much like a fuel gauge on a car’s dashboard, the hand sweeps down along the arc into the red zone as power runs down, indicating that winding is necessary. A big date at 11 o’clock and day of the week display at 9 o’clock provide calendar functions, in addition to an integrated small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. Subtle shading on the dial adds a sense of dimension, with the inner dial, where the functions are displayed, tinted a lighter shade of silver than the outer ring where the indexes are positioned.

The sapphire crystal case back shows off the brand’s automatic CFB A1011 caliber, which powers a Manero model for the first time. Rather than using a typical winding rotor that blocks the view of the mechanism, Carl F. Bucherer’s watchmakers devised a novel design using a peripheral, bidirectional oscillating weight to supply power to the automatic gear train. The brand’s patented Dynamic Shock Absorption system protects the movement against shocks to ensure efficiency and reliability.

Such advanced engineering is paired with the Manero PowerReserve’s classic good looks, making it a functional everyday watch that you can wear with a suit or jeans.