Bucherer BLUE – and indeed the entire concept of retailer editions is by no means a new concept at this point, with some of the biggest watchmakers in the world rendering their iconic timepieces in the watch retailer’s signature livery.
There have been a lot over the years, ranging from the likes of the Breguet Marine Automatic, to the Longines Master Collection Chronograph and now the range is being expanded with a grand total of seven new Bucherer Blue editions. So let’s take a look at them.
First up, and arguably the most interesting, is the Carl F. Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual Bucherer BLUE. It has a lovely white to blue fumé dial, punctuated by the dark chronograph subdials at 3 and 6 as well as the date window at 12 and month indicator tucked between 4 and 5. It’s a limited edition of 188 pieces, with the first 30 only being available in their recently reopened flagship store in New York – in celebration of the store opening the caseback is engraved with New York’s skyline.
Joining the Carl F. Bucherer is a Girard Perregaux Laureato Absolute Light, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathescaphe, Chopard Happy Sport, Longines Spirit Automatic, Longines Spirit Chronograph and an Oris Aquis. Each is unified by its use of the colour blue in a unique and interesting way.
The GP Laureato stands out for its skeleton movement, reminiscent of the Piaget Polo Skeleton, and is limited to just 18 pieces. Another limited edition within the collection is the Blancpain Bathyscaphe, which matches the CFB at an availability of 188.
However, if I had to pick a favourite, it would be a toss up between the two Longines. Sure they’re not the most high end of the lot – far from it – but I love the combination of the black DLC with just a hint of aquatic blue here and there.
But wait, there’s more. While the 7 watches above are available internationally, there are also some additional national exclusives: an Hublot Big Bang Unico in the UK and a Breitling Navitimer in the USA. I’ll leave it to you to decide which side of the Atlantic got the raw end of that deal.
More details at Bucherer.