Carl F. Bucherer Heritage Chronometer Celebration enjoys a new look

May 2024

Carl F. Bucherer Heritage Chronometer Celebration enjoys a new look

This modern revival of a retro-futuristic watch, based on a timepiece from the brand’s archives, beautifully encapsulates the progressive aesthetic of the 1960s. Now available with new elegant strap options, this update - substituting metal for leather - significantly transforms the timepiece.


ubtly redesigned for 21st century tastes, the Heritage Chronometer Celebration was revealed last year with a choice of cases in 18K rose gold, closest the stale of the original’s yellow gold case, or stainless steel - and two dial options per case. It was otherwise largely faithful to its precursor’s minimalist design, including its mesh bracelet, which was updated to a Milanese style for a more sinuous quality, and was extremely well received by watch aficionados internationally.

For 2024, the two case options are now available to pair with leather straps, in dove grey or dark brown to accompany the gold case, or dove grey and black to pair with its stainless-steel sibling. Substituting metal for leather is perhaps a small change, but it somehow transforms the timepiece, balancing its direct, purposeful design language with a ’softer’ organic quality that lends itself to accessorising with a wider array of outfits.

Carl F. Bucherer Heritage Chronometer Celebration enjoys a new look

The new straps cleverly contrast with the case finishes and draw the eye to the dial - a deliberately practical and pragmatic presentation of hours, minutes, seconds and date. In that sense, the Heritage Chronometer Celebration, as the name suggests, is a pure celebration of its precision as a COSC-certified chronometer.

While its overall appearance is one of unadorned simplicity, the other clue in its name makes clear this is a timepiece for special occasions. Its innate elegance makes it an essential accessory for those meaningful moments in life that demand the perfect finishing touch to glamorous and stylish outfits - for milestone birthdays to weddings, cocktail parties or walking the red carpet.

Despite its modest aesthetic, a closer inspection reveals finesse and pure craftsmanship: hands and index marks with beveled edges that lend them a subtle three-dimensional appearance: the second hand tipped with a bright red arrow, just like in the original; the curved galvanised silver, black lacquered, or brown gradient lacquered dials create gently shimmering reflections; the unequivocal words “Officially Certified Chronometer” proudly communicating its accuracy.

Finally, an extra detail known only to the wearer: a case back signalling CFB’s heritage with a 1960s-era embossed family crest featuring a swan, symbolising Carl F. Bucherer’s hometown of Lucerne; a beech tree, representing the Bucherer family; and the date of the manufacturer’s foundation in 1888.

Carl F. Bucherer Heritage Chronometer Celebration enjoys a new look

These new stylish additions to the Heritage Chronometer Celebration demonstrate the Heritage watches are not simply about recreating the past. Instead, the yellow wearers to recognise the significance of an earlier era and draw parallels with how they are Exploring Time today - a period also seeing rapid social and technological change - while providing them with greater choice in how they tell their story.

The Heritage Chronometer Celebration is the epitome of CFB’s wider Heritage family of watches, which reinterprets and updates classic watch designs from previous eras considered worthy of recognition and reinvention. Significant technological developments, complications or - as in this case - aesthetic finishes are reviewed, reimagined and reworked according to contemporary tastes and lifestyles, integrating new technologies and materials at its watchmakers’ disposal.

Carl F. Bucherer Heritage Chronometer Celebration enjoys a new look


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  • Movement: Automatic, CFB 1965.1 caliber, COSC-certified chronometer, diameter 26.2 mm, height 3.6 mm, 25 jewels, power reserve 42 hours
  • Functions: Date, hour, minute, seconds
  • Case: 18 K rose gold, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on one side, case back with “Bucherer” family crest, water-resistant to 3 bar (30 m), diameter 39 mm, height 8.45 mm
  • Dial: silver galvanized or brown gradient lacquered dial, rose gold-plated index marks filled with black lacquer
  • Hands: rose gold-plated hands filled with black lacquer and Super-LumiNova
  • Bracelet: embossed calf leather strap in dove grey or dark brown, 18 K rose gold pin buckle
  • Limitations: 88 pieces (per reference)

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